Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Canio's Books, Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Community members and customers of Canio's Books in Sag Harbor, N.Y., have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the store move to a new location, reported.

The bookstore, which has been in business for 44 years, must leave its longtime home on Sag Harbor's Main Street by September. The organizers are hoping to raise $45,000 by the end of July, "some of it earmarked for the move, some of it for new acquisitions and innovative local activities."

The GoFundMe page, which was created by "Friends of Canio's," noted: "Long the stewards of so much of the East End's literary heritage, Canio's now needs support from the community it has served so well. The bookstore and cultural cafe are labors of love and in a new space it can 'think bigger' and expand its cultural contributions. But a refresh is startlingly expensive, given legal, administrative, and moving fees, increased expenses, and the costs of repurposing and marketing a new space."

In two days, the campaign has raised more than $4,000.

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