Semicolon is one of the few woman-owned bookstores in Chicago and is the only bookstore in the city that is owned by a Black woman. As a business, they believe in “changing the narrative.” One way they advocate for that is by providing access to books for students who may not be able to afford them otherwise. In 8 months after opening, they had managed to provide CPS students with over $8500 worth of donated books to help further their mission of influencing the improvement of literacy rates in the Chicagoland area. Every month they put on a “Clear the Shelves” event where they invite CPS students to the store and let them take home whatever books they’d like. Their goal is to give students the chance to pick out reading material that not only interests them but reflects what their world looks like. “Investing in our youth, one book at a time.”
As per their website:
Mission: Semicolon Bookstore is committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledge; while also using the power of words to better our community.