Hoping to save one of Copenhagen’s historic businesses, Atheneums Venner (Atheneum’s Friends), a non-profit organization, has launched a campaign on Dutch crowdfunding platform Boomerang to raise $300,000 in order to keep the Atheneum bookshop from closing its doors for good.
The bookshop was established in1874 and is currently located in what is described the heart of Copenhagen. It considered an international bookstore with a wide selection of non-fiction and fiction in Danish and English. It was acquired Samfundslitteratur (now SL Fund) in 2010. Unfortunately, the Academic Books/SL fund decided it no longer wants to run a bookshop, and it is scheduled to close on October 16th.
Funds from the campaign will go towards relaunching Atheneum as a modern, strong and independent non-fiction trade specializing in contemporary Nordic and international literature. This will also help Atheneum to become a social enterprise, with proceeds going to promote culture and charity in boghandlens spirit – projects that create knowledge jobs to the unemployed and socially vulnerable groups through internships, career-kickstart programs for new graduates, senior jobs, flex jobs and wage positions, etc.
“We believe in the individual’s potential: a bookstore, all with a story behind them something to contribute.”
More important the funds will help the create a more modern, light and simple Scandinavian bookstore with a lounge area that offers coffee serving, listening corner for audiobooks and other digital services – all in a relaxed atmosphere with quiet contemplation.
The campaign’s organizers added:
“Atheneum is about curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and to read to learn, give and share reading experiences, knowledge, insight. For us, it goes without saying that a city like Copenhagen must continue to have a bookstore with the supply of quality literature that characterizes Atheneums profile. A place where young people who want to enter into the culture and the world of research, can explore and everyone can find books on just what that touches them and current phenomena in time – books that stimulate searching and thinking people, young and old , in every respect.”
Despite the fact that the bookshop is set to close on October 16th, the campaign will be receiving funds until November 3rd.
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