Essential State College: Webster’s Bookstore
Elaine Meder-Wilgus dreamed of having a bookstore after she graduated from Penn State. But more than just selling books, she wanted to create a place where people from the community could bond (and get books).
Webster's Bookstore Cafe has become an institution in downtown State College. It's now in it's fourth location since she first opened nearly three decades ago. She said she raised her daughter there.
Mecer-Wilgus sais many current customers might be surprised to know that the original store didn't have a coffee shop, now a primary part of the store's ambience.
(This video was produced for the 2018 Short Doc Workshop)
About the Contributors
Senior / Photojournalism
Baidi Wang, is from Shanghai, China. She aspires to be a visual journalist or a filmmaker. She enjoys producing stories that convey emotion in a compelling way. She is interning as a production assistant for documentary filmmaker Boaz Dvir. She is a photographer and videographer for The Underground at Penn State. She has produced video stories for the NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop at Syracuse University and for the Keystone and Short Doc workshops at Penn State.