Word Up Community Bookshop is a volunteer-run, multilingual, general-interest, nonprofit community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, New York City.
Our goal is to make books accessible to communities, whether that means making a bookshop in our neighborhood, getting books to events all over the city, or recirculating books to other groups. Since Word Up opened in 2011, our volunteers have recirculated over 35,000 books, both through sales in our store and by facilitating donations to nonprofits, jails, prisons, and libraries in classrooms, hospitals, and supportive housing. We’ve also hosted over 2,000 events of all kinds: readings, concerts, open mics, storytelling events for all ages, art exhibits, educational workshops, community meetings, and so much more.
In 2018 we’re launching an e-commerce site to sell books and merchandise online for the first time. If you want to support Word Up, but can’t get to our shop, this is a great way to do it! You can also donate here, as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 38-3713884).