Whistlestop Bookshop's Philosophy
The objective of our business is to put the right books in the hands of the right people. In other words, if you
want a specific book, we either have it or can order it for you. If you are a little unsure on specifics or want recommendations,
we do our best from our experience. We believe that our bookstore provides, in the words of Carlisle's own Marianne Moore,
"a place for the genuine."
As we mention in Whistlestop Bookshop Staff Picks
, it took us twenty years to see the need of a staff, but since taking the plunge, we have been extraordinarily fortunate.
As our first employee, Abby Reed, once said, "Once a Whistlestopper, always a Whistlestopper," so even though a
few have had to leave the area for other pursuits, they know they are always welcomed back as family.
- Abby Reed returned from her teaching stint in Tanzania in the autumn of 2006.
The summer of 2007 found her in Guatemala, among other places. During the 2008-2009 academic year she studied at
Norwich University in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Middlebury College (Phi Beta Kappa) and
has completed a master's at Cambridge University. Abby was the recipient of the 2005-2006 Employee
of the Year.
- Ellie Strand has been awarded a Master of
Theological Studies degree with concentrations in South Asian Religions, Comparative Religion, and Arabic from Harvard
Divinity School. She has finished her graduate work in comparative religion at the University of Texas at Austin.
She lives in Boston.
- Lauren Henson graduated from Oberlin College
with a biology major. She is working for the Smithsonian Institution in Virginia.
- Kara Eatman completed her junior year at Carlisle High School while working at Whistlestop.
The summer of 2007 saw her in France, among other places. She graduated from Riverview High School in Tampa, Florida.
She is now living in Irvine, California, where she has married, worked her way through her junior year at USC Irvine,
and is a Community Services Officer for the USC Police Department. She was the recipient of the
2006-2007 Employee of the Year award.
- Claire Wilson
graduated from Carlisle High School after working at Whistlestop. She is interested in the arts and in urban
exploration. Along with her musical skills, she is a very skilled photographer. She is now at the prestigious
School of Photographic Arts & Sciences of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Schlusser has graduated from Trinity High School. She is active
in sports and community service. She is beginning her junior year at Mount Holyoke College.
- Brooke Marlin has graduated from Dickinson College magna cum laude
with a major in sociology and a minor in women's studies. She is from Bayside, New York. She learned about
Whistlestop Bookshop when she became friends with Abby Reed in Tanzania. During the Spring 2009 she studied in Mexico. She
is working in New York City.
- Grace Moore has
graduated from Dickinson College cum laude with a major in anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She
is from Columbia, South Carolina. During Spring 2009 she studied in Ecuador. She is the owner and artisan of Little
Wren Designs, a design and creation business of handmade books, bags, and jewelry. Whistlestop carries a
fine representation of her work. She was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Employee of the Year award.
In an unprecedented achievement, she is also the recipient of the 2009-2010 Employee of the Year award.
She is working in Brooklyn.
- Laura Cleveland, after
a brief and brilliant stint at Whistlestop, is on a walkabout tour of the West coast and favoring Portland, Oregon as
her homebase. She hails from the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
Bricker has graduated from Wilson College (Phi Beta Kappa) in Chambersburg, a double major in history
and classics, and where she is the 2010 class historian. She is from Shippensburg, also "down the valley,"
and is much-traveled in Europe. She is the recipient of the 2008-2009 Employee of the Year Award.
She has begun her graduate work in classics at Villanova University.
- Katrin Haque
holds an M.A. in American Studies from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, Germany (her home town). She is also
a freelance translator.
- Kathleen Tiley has graduated from Boiling
Springs High School. She is skilled in French, has studied Japanese, and is interested currently in Arabic. She
visited Madagascar in the Summer of 2009. She is a junior at Colgate University. In the Summer and Fall 2012 she
will be studying in Cairo, Egypt.
- Mimi Frohman,
a Carlisle native, had a very brief stint at Whistlestop. She has a distinguished record in competitive sports. She
has studied in Spain and worked in Honduras. She is certified in forklift operation.
Coyle, a Carlisle native, has graduated as a homeschooled high school senior
with skills in Spanish, singing, art, and therapeutic horseback riding. Catherine is the recipient of the 2010-2011
Employee of the Year Award.
- Erin Anderson, a Carlisle
native, has graduated with honors from Carlisle High School. A member of the National Honor Society, she is an
accomplished athlete with a mind for math. In the Fall 2012 she begins her first year at University of Maryland.
Erin and Avalon are the co-recipients of the 2011-2012 Employee of the Year Award.
- Avalon Demetri eventually wound up here from Northern California's Marin County area.
She graduated early from high school in Illinois. After studying dance at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, she has
moved to Eugene, Oregon, to be a professional dancer. Avalon and Erin are the co-recipients of the 2011-2012
Employee of the Year Award.
- Chelsie Beck has studied dance
for years. Her path to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has also taken her through graduation with high honors
from Shippensburg University. She has finished her first year of graduate school, Archival Library Science, at St. Catherine University
in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has begun her second year as a graduate student, now in holistic health studies at
- Kathryn Crutcher graduated from Columbia International
University in Columbia SC in May 2011. She counts archaeological work in Israel and editing a journal in college
as experience, and she enjoys highland dance and singing as pastimes. She has begun graduate school at the University
of Dallas in the Fall of 2012.
- Sasha Shapiro, a native of Los Angeles, has
begun her second year at Dickinson College, where she is double-majoring in Russian and Philosophy.
- Micala Hotra-Schubert, a native of Carlisle, is a Carlisle High School junior. She is
a vegetarian and is known to be favorably disposed to cats and dogs. She is active in Model UN.