By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Mar 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM

After being in business a mere four months, Open Book Community Book Store, 4093 N. Oakland Ave., announced its plans to close by the end of April.

"Unfortunately, due to a confluence of events -- the economic downturn, a change in the public's book-buying habits and strong competition from online book sellers -- it has become necessary for our bookstore to cease operations," bookstore organizer Keith Schmitz told

The space housed a Schwartz Bookshop before Open Book started operations in November 2009.

"Open Book is very appreciative of our more than 1,000 members and their support. We engaged in this endeavor knowing it was a difficult challenge, but felt strongly that the concept and philosophy of a community bookstore and gathering place were worth the effort. We are deeply appreciative of the widespread support we have been given. We urge all of the North Shore to support their local independent bookstores and wish them success," said Schmitz.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

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