Kate Lentz: "We're committed to buying local and supporting Rhode Island independent bookstores. They are essential members of our community."

Meet Kate Lentz, Neighborhood Champion

Kate Lentz is the director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books.

Kate and her team are true Neighborhood Champions, working everyday to spotlight all of Rhode Island’s unique independent bookstores. She reports, “We’re committed to buying local and supporting Rhode Island independent bookstores. They are essential members of our community!”

Check out Kate’s video with Amy Van Keuren, bookseller and store manager of Charter Books in Newport. As Amy notes, “Bookstores can curate their collection to their community, so we can give you personalized recommendations the way an algorithm will never be able to.” A Neighborhood Champion herself, Amy gives a shout-out to Closet Revival in Newport and Different Drummer in Wickford.