The Book Revue in Huntington gives away books before closing after 44 years in business
A beloved Huntington bookstore is giving back to the community before closing its doors for good after four decades in business.
The Book Revue is giving away its remaining inventory before it closes.
Authors like former President Jimmy Carter, the Clintons and famous athletes appeared at the neighborhood staple.
The owner of the bookstore told customers he had no choice but to close due to revenue lost during the pandemic and the popularity of online book sales.
Some residents like Philip Griffin camped out since 1 a.m. Friday to pick up some books and say they will miss the bookstore.
“I’ve lived here my whole life and The Book Revue has been part of my life growing up,” Griffin says. “And it’s one of the largest independent book retailers on Long Island that’s going to be gone, so to have the opportunity to get some free books here is really going to be a treat.”
Thomas Ciravolo was also at the store early to collect some books for the South Huntington School District.
“It was definitely worth the wait as you can see from the full trunk here,” Ciravolo says. “Thank you again Book Revue, sorry to see you go, but thank you for your generosity.”
The book giveaway is on until 6 p.m. today.