Mountains of cartons filled with books arrive daily, keeping our shelves full. Wally the Wordworm in back in stock. Jigsaw puzzles have been replenished after a busy Thanksgiving. Wrapping paper and ribbon supply is holding up though holiday cards and calendars are getting low.
There is still a little time to order books! We will place orders from our warehouse partners through Monday, December 23. These are supposed to be next-day delivery, so fingers crossed that things go according to plan, but no promises...
It has been an interesting couple of weeks. Our phones were down for several days and are still not completely reliable. FedEx and UPS are struggling to keep up with deliveries so some special order books have arrived later than expected. Our website went dark at one point, but was quickly restored. Even Mother Nature has thrown a few snowballs!
To balance these challenges, we were visited by Angels and an Elf to spread word of the 19 Days in Norwich that is raising funds to support the Haven. The Book Angels have delivered hundreds of books to local children and young adults thanks to the generosity of this community. Staff has been fortified with homemade soup and cookies. Other treats - muffins, fruit, chocolate - have been delivered by friends of the store.
This holiday season has been full of good cheer, great conversations about books, and lots of laughter in the store - along with speedy gift wrapping at the front desk!
We will be open from 9am until 3pm on Christmas Eve and are closed Christmas Day as well as Boxing Day to give our hardworking booksellers a much needed rest. The bookstore will be open 9am to 6pm Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 and we look forward to meeting your visiting family and friends.
Wishing you and yours an enjoyable holiday season. - Liza
PS Breaking news: Sabra Field is printing a calendar for 2020! They will be available the last week of December. Best to get your order in right away.