The island is blessed with many resident writers and poets of all kinds. Maggie encourages the local creative community, and on any given Saturday you may find an author sitting at a table in front of the store talking about their books and promoting the virtues of Amelia Island and a community with Mayberry-like charm. It is no surprise that Maggie is a sponsor of the annual Book Island Festival held on Amelia Island the second weekend in February each year. The Festival features famous authors as well as Local Authors and offers programs and seminars for participants and attracts visitors from all over the United States and the world.
Ever ready with a friendly greeting, Maggie's smiling face will greet you when you enter the store, and she will quickly ask what you are reading and hand you something she thinks you might be interested in. Before you know it, you'll walk out with a book or two under your arm.
Proud to be an independent bookseller and not part of a chain, Maggie has created a shop with lots of personality and warmth.
Maggie is an entrepreneur at heart and listens to her customers requests and has recently added to the book store WI/FI Internet connection, comfortable seating, new genres of books as well as the "Kozy Koffee Korner" and very soon magazines for those who have been requesting different reading materials.
Maggie says she is privileged to have been given the opportunity to purchase Books Plus from Don Shaw, who designed the store and gave it the foundation she now builds upon.
His favorite saying is as follows:
"….Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness…."-Annie Dillard,
The Writing Life