We have a great team heading up the effort, but that’s only the beginning. Hundreds of people have been involved in building the co-op, and you could be one of them! To make a community-owned store a reality, use the “Get Involved” menu to become a member/owner, a volunteer, or an employee.
Gustavo Belotta, General Manager
Gustavo has worked in the retail book market for over 20 years and has read a few here and there in that time. He will occasionally do some writing, acting, painting, or anything else creative that takes his fancy. He can be found playing board games or trying to convince people to play board games the rest of the time.
Katie Elam, Bookseller
Katie is our newest employee, coming to us with a wealth of knowledge about community outreach. She is passionate about books and education and recommends Nimona and the books of Travis Baldree. Although she is not originally from Montana, she fits right in!
Shirley Marin, Bookseller
Shirley is a Southern California transplant who loves dark fantasy, thought-provoking literary fiction, and anything a little quirky. As a mom, she has LOTS of recommendations for young readers, and she spearheads our periodic bilingual (Spanish/English) storytime.
Lydia Parkins, Bookseller
Kat Schoolitz, Bookseller
Kat is relatively new to the bookstore scene but is a passionate reader. They are currently studying English Literature at MSUB and have a history of studying film and philosophy, as well as undertaking a brief stint as a radio DJ. Music, art, film, and philosophy are their greatest passions, and they can always direct you to interesting topics in Nonfiction and the Classics. You can find them spinning tunes in the store on Sundays, especially from the 1950s-1990s. Kat is a lover of esoterica, trivia, and ephemera.