Better World Imaginarium, a new toy and bookstore at 924 Frederick Road in Catonsville, Md., will host its grand opening tomorrow with a ribbon cutting ceremony, free Rita's Italian Ice, balloon animals and crafts, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The shop, which opened May 18, features a selection of children's literature that "includes multicultural books, bilingual books, and engaging nonfiction about world regions and cultures. In addition to books published in the United States, we search for books published in languages other than English and by non-U.S. publishers."
Owner Lisa Swayhoover, who has a Ph.D. in international education policy, told the Sun she chose the shop's name because she holds the idea of global citizenship in high regard and believes in building a better world: "A lot of times we think 'global' is out there, but we interact with the global every day. We need to see how we relate to the rest of the world."
The books and toys for sale at Better World Imaginarium "focus not only on being fun and entertaining for children, but on promoting diversity, creativity, giving back to the community and learning about the world," the Sun wrote.
Teal Cary, executive director of the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, said, "We're always happy for more retail; we really want and need retail. The store is a great addition because there are so many young families in Catonsville."