As I was walking the streets of the Pilsen neighborhood yesterday with my good friends Jerry Schenwar and Ron Swartz, we discovered a recently opened independent bookstore called Pilsen Community Books at 1102 W.18th Street. We were impressed with the quality of both fiction and non-fiction on the shelves. The owners are Mary and Aaron who stressed the importance of “community” in the bookstore’s name. After all, books lead to conversations and dialogues, that allow people to open their minds and share ideas that better the communities they live in. All purchases support a book giveaway program called Pilsen Reads. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello to Mary and Aaron, browse around, and maybe buy a book or two.