Bookstore Opens Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on May 09, 2011

The Lakeside Association Board of Directors' Enterprise Committee conducted a season-long survey in 2009 among 1,100 Lakesiders and seasonal guests. The purpose of the survey was to gage how well Lakeside businesses were serving 21st century guest expectations.  Separate categories measured results for food vendors and retail stores among adults and youth.

The results indicated the need for additional businesses, including renovating the Lakeside Laundromat, reinstating the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room, and enlarging Artists-N-Cahoots retail space. All of these businesses opened in the 2010 summer season to meet Lakesiders' requests.

In further response to the survey, two businesses will open in Lakeside this summer - "the fine print" bookstore and "2nd Street Market." Bev Bartczak and Joan Price are co-owners of the fine print, located on the corner of Second Street and Walnut Avenue. The two women met while teaching special education in Eaton, Ohio, and have been friends for more than 30 years. Bartczak was first introduced to Lakeside in college while visiting her roommate's family. Price first visited Lakeside with her children in the 1980s.

For the past few summers, Bartczak and Price have taught classes at Rhein Center and coordinated the "Where in the World?" children's program. Bartczak said, "Our programs were always centered around children's literature. We plan to continue similar activities in the bookstore in the form of story hours, a continuation of the 'Where in the World?' program, and the new Lakeside Chautauqua Young Readers program."

The bookstore will offer a wide range of books for both adults and youth. It will feature books chosen by several Lakeside book clubs and book review groups, as well as books related to Lakeside's weekly educational themes. Bartczak added, "We have also included a section that reflects our love of travel. Of course, we will carry best sellers, favorite summer reads and some periodicals."   Students at Danbury High School have played an integral part in choosing titles for the Young Adult section of the bookstore. Juniors and seniors have made recommendations of their favorite books, as well as reviewing advanced copies of new Young Adult titles.

The fine print will open Memorial Day weekend; store hours are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Monday-Saturday, and 12-8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lakeside Chautauqua Young Readers Program

In addition to operating the bookstore, Bartczak and Price are collaborating with Lakeside on a new project called the “Lakeside Chautauqua Young Readers Program.” The program is similar to a summer reading club held at the Chautauqua Institution for the past 15 years.  Youth ages 9-13 are encouraged to participate in this program with a goal of reading six books over the summer from a list. There will be weekly programs highlighting the books’ themes at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 29-July 27 in the Upper Room. For more information on the program, please stop by ‘the fine print’ or email Bartczak at

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen Fairest by Gail Carsen Levine Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin A River of Words by Jen Bryant Charlie and Emma by Deborah Heiligman Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz King of Shadows by Susan Cooper Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick Bonyo, Bonyo by Vanita Oelschlager A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela