Special Note

IBDWe were delighted to welcome you back into the Norwich Bookstore on April 24th, Independent Bookstore Day. IBD was an auspicious date to reopen for browsing after a long year of operating behind closed doors. 

We celebrated with special books and literary gifts created just for Indie Bookstore Day, an annual event that spotlights the role bookstores like ours play in communities. 

Our first StoryWalk of the year featuring Even the Smallest Will Grow, by New Hampshire writer Lita Judge, also began April 24th and will run for a month. Visit this perfect socially-distanced family activity in the Norwich Square anytime!

We’ll start browsing with limited hours and occupancy, increasing both hours and numbers as more people are vaccinated and Covid cases decline. Customers will be required to follow health guidelines, wear masks, and use hand sanitizer. 

OpeningOur doors will be open:

Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

Telephone/email/website help and package pickup from our porch will continue:

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm

We are so looking forward to seeing you in the store!

Virtual Browsing!

NB new roomWe get it - you miss browsing. And we miss you! But even as we gradually open (see details), you may still browse from the comfort of your home.

So we created a new Browse Books by Category list here on our website that includes dozens of books you would discover if you were here in person highlighting new and notable fiction and non-fiction; hardcover and paperback, for readers of all ages. 

There is also a page for Staff Picks and Featured Seasonal Lists.

A Bookseller's Blotter

penny & liza 2.24.21
Penny and I were so happy to fly the flags, open the doors, and welcome folks back into the store on Indie Bookstore Day!

I teared up when, for the first time in over a year, a child ran in the door and up the stairs, excited to discover new books.

We got to catch up with old friends who we hadn't seen in months. We also made new friends! Families who moved to town just after the pandemic hit visited the store for the first time.

Thankfully, we did not need to control traffic; you all seem to have become pretty good at social distancing and respecting one anothers’ space. 

kids & storywalk 4.24.21The weather cooperated and families enjoyed the StoryWalk of Even the Smallest Will Grow in the Square. It will be up through the end of May. 

Lorrie Wilkes and Ford Daley entertained us with fiddle tunes in the Square. In appreciation, some tossed a few dollars into the hat which the musicians generously donated to our Book Angel program.

Toward the end of the day, a young woman introduced herself: a Norwich author with an intriguing book - 1,001 Voices on Climate Change - coming in the fall. Look for a launch event date…

All in all, a great day! Thank you. - Liza