Alzada Knickerbocker of The Avid Reader will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday on “Independent Bookstores: Staying Relevant in a Changing World.”
Knickerbocker is the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Davis Public Library in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E 14th St., Davis.
“Our Friends of the Library group has had a special relationship with the city’s numerous independent bookstores over the decades,” said Hank Wyman, president of the Friends’ organization, “and it’s with certain sadness that we’ve watched so many depart the scene.
“Consumers’ buying and reading habits changed dramatically,” he added. “The institutions that serve readers — such as libraries and stores — are facing the need for change as well.”
Knickerbocker is an English literature graduate of Harvard University and attended graduate school at Stanford University. She has owned The Avid Reader for more than 25 years.
Others scheduled to speak at the annual meeting include Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong, Stephens Branch Librarian Jay Johnstone and Friends’ officers. In addition, the organization will elect officers for the coming year.
Refreshments will be served during the two-hour meeting.
The Friends of the Davis Library collects and sorts local residents’ donations of books, magazines, music CDs and video DVDs for use in the library’s collection and for the group’s six sales each year.