The Boulder Book Store ought to be my bookstore of choice: locally owned, eclectic selection, new and used books – but it’s a three story (three and a half story?) building with no elevator, and the management has no intention of installing one. So I boycott it, unless I happen to be on the Pearl Street Mall, desperate for reading material. Like today (I know, I have no convictions).
I go in, I snag a used copy of Wicked, I go to the cash register.
“Good morning,” the clerk says, “Are you a member of our reader’s club?”
“No, you’re not accessible.”
“The building’s exempt from the ADA,” he says, quickly and smoothly. No fumbling, no thinking. “But we’re happy to get anything from upstairs that you’d like.”
“Not an acceptable substitute,” I say, getting out my wallet.
“Sorry. That’ll be $8.66.”
A completely emotionless exchange. Remind me to really boycott the Boulder Book Store.
Edited to add: How’s this for ironic (note that this event occurred in the past; I found it when googling for other information about the store’s inaccessibility):
Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education: Sixth Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference
Keynote Address – Nov. 13, 8:15 a.m. UMC
Beth Finke is a freelance writer, public speaker, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” Her topics include writing, disabilities, assistive technology, service dogs, and special education, among others. Her articles have been published in Writer Magazine, the Anchorage Press, Dog Fancy, and The Bark. Her recent book, Long Time, No See (University of Illinois Press) chronicles her struggle with juvenile diabetes, blindness, and a host of other challenges. She is also a grief counselor and works part-time as a model for university art classes.
Beth will do a book signing and reading at the Boulder Book Store, located on 1107 Pearl street, on Thursday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. Note: the reading area of the Boulder Book Store is not wheelchair accessible. The talk can be watched on Closed Circuit TV from an accessible room on the first floor of the store.