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Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:17am


The current events calendar reflectscollaborate the creative ways we work with authors and organizations. We are participating in the blood - and book - drive at DHMC and celebrating MLK with a nationally-known speaker in Spaulding. In the planning are events in WRJ, at Dartmouth, at Howe, and other locations throughout the region.

We enjoy working behind the scenes to promote authors and books! There are so many logistics to stage a successful event: Where should we host the author of a beautiful gem of a book on Forest Bathing? What time is best for the launch of a graphic novel? Which books might kids be most interested in when an author/illustrator visits a school? What should your reading group tackle next? (Answers: at Dartmouth so Hannah Fries can show slides; James Sturm will speak at 4:30 pm following a "sweet for Valentine's Day" reception; it depends on the age group, we will offer options; your book club can set up a time for a private meeting at the store!)

We love these collaborations and are happy to explore other ideas you might have. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered... ~ Liza

January...

Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 8:08am

setting up display

I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Making sure we have the right books and toys for everyone; meeting customers' extended family; wrapping the Book Angel donations... 

And it is a relief to be back to our regular schedule and routines. One morning, I came in early to change out displays and enjoy the quiet (front wall pictured in process). 

We now have time to read - and listen to - newly released and forthcoming titles. Stop by and see the great books arriving daily!

May 2019 be a peaceful and bookish year. - Liza

(And yes, we have Becoming by Michelle Obama and Koren. In the Wild by Ed Koren back in stock!)

Notes from a Book Angel

Submitted by lizabernard on Sat, 12/08/2018 - 7:19am

 

book angels"Hanging about the bookstore today, I overheard some questions and thought I would take this opportunity to explain how we came to be here and what happens after we depart with hundreds of books in mid-December.

"Early each year, staff and dedicated volunteers evaluate the success of the Book Angels' prior season's collection.Thankfully for us, we have been invited back for more than twenty years.

"We spend the year getting into shape to carry the holiday book wishes of children from around the region. This year we are working with Vermont Child and Family Services, The Haven, The Family Place, and Children’s Literature Foundation (CLiF). 

"The bookstore supplies the wreath, our home away from home. I must say, the one this year from Cube Mountain is particularly grand!

"And we so appreciate the volunteers who use colorful markers to make the wishes visible. That way you know that one of us is seeking a board book about dinosaurs for a very special toddler, and another would like to leave with a fantasy novel for our particular teen. 

"When you pick one of us off the wreath, we hold our breath as you select a book for our child. Of course, you can leave it to the staff to make the choices. It is always fun listening to the booksellers making suggestions! Decisions made, you purchase the book and we go along for the ride - though being taped to the book can be a tad awkward…  

"Soon we are saying farewell to our Angel friends who are off to different destinations. Then we wait, hoping that the books we bear will be loved. We imagine children clutching the gift books with huge grins on their faces. Another season finished. 

"From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping us spread the love of reading. ~ A Book Angel (with the purple ribbon)"
 

We are thankful...

Submitted by lizabernard on Mon, 11/19/2018 - 6:13am


We live in a beautiful region, surrounded by talented writers and artists who share their love of books by visiting often. 

We are grateful to you for supporting local businesses like ours. You dig out the tartan the day after Thanksgiving to mark Plaid Friday, a local alternative to Black Friday. You celebrate Small Business Saturday by coming by with family and friends. You stop by on Slow-Reading Sunday, the first of our special holiday hour openings. And you raise a glass with us on Cider Monday to show your understanding of and commitment to sustainable communities.

We are humbled by the generous support for the Book Angels who deliver books to local children through several non-profit support agencies.

Most of all we have fun! We truly enjoy finding the perfect book for you to enjoy or to give as a gift to the pickiest or most discerning on your list. And we love meeting your extended families when they visit for the holidays.

We are very thankful!

~ Liza, Penny, Kathryn, Beth, Susan, Carin, Sara, Jennifer & Brenna

Two States, One Community

Submitted by lizabernard on Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:17am


busy storeI have been pondering why Dan Mackie’s column in the Valley News on October 20th, “A Bookstore is Essential to The Valley” - and much else that has been recently published - neglected to acknowledge that the Norwich Bookstore has been quietly yet enthusiastically serving the region for 24 years. 

In spite of the sad decision by B&N to not renew the Dartmouth Bookstore’s lease, bookselling is alive and well in the Upper Valley! Hanover and Norwich are towns in different states but we share a school district and folks from the entire Upper Valley take advantage of the many retail and cultural offerings on both sides of the river. 

Perhaps we have not tooted our horn loudly enough?

If you get our newsletter, you know about the thoughtfully chosen books and other treasures we offer in the store and about the hundreds of events we host or sponsor every year. If you wish to receive it, you can sign up from this website.

The village of Norwich has rich and varied retail offerings: Dan and Whits and the shops in the Norwich Square: gifts, wine, yarn, a cafe - and parking is free. Please stop by and bring a friend from across the river! ~ Liza

The Norwich Bookstore is here for you & your book needs!

Submitted by lizabernard on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 6:01am


We are greatly saddened to learn that Barnes & Noble is closing the Dartmouth Bookstore! It has long been a Hanover landmark and we never want to hear news of any bookstore closing.

STAFF SPRING 18Rest assured, the Norwich Bookstore is going strong. While the business is on the market because Penny and I are approaching the time to pass the baton to younger booksellers, we are going nowhere in the immediate future.

We strongly believe that a physical location to discover books, meet authors, and gather with other readers is critical to our culture. Our current events calendar is full and we are stocking up for the busy season ahead.

Please help us spread the word that we have two floors of books and other treasures for everyone in the family - from both sides of the river!  We are less than two miles from the Dartmouth Green and parking is free... ~ Liza

PS The photo, taken at our latest staff supper this spring, represents more than 120 years of bookselling experience! ~ Liza

LFA BOM!

Submitted by lizabernard on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 6:54am

lfa bom

Ten years ago, I was meeting regularly with other like-minded folks from the community to create what is now the Local First Alliance. We drafted a mission, figured out a sustainable structure, and spread the word about the importance of supporting the local businesses that are the backbone of our towns and states.

Today that message is considered common knowledge, though we still have to remind everyone - including ourselves - how important each and every purchasing decision is.  As an independent bookstore, our mission is to deliver newly released titles, older favorites. and classics in whatever format you like: printed, ebooks, and now digital audiobooks!

To mark our being named Business of the Month for September, the good folks at Libro created a coupon code for our customers to get 30% off! Just enter BOM2018 at checkout when you purchase audiobooks through our website

As a locally-owned, independent business, we participate in many aspects of our community. We create jobs and pay local taxes. We support schools, libraries and a number of other not-for-profit organizations. We encourage you to help keep the Upper Valley a great place to live, work, and play: Think Local First when dining out, banking, hiring professional services, or shopping for anything -- including audiobooks.

Please let us know if need help getting your audiobook account set up. ~ Liza

Bank on Booksellers - Piggy Bank Auction!

Submitted by lizabernard on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 6:44am

maguire bankPiggy Banks!

Several of my favorite authors -- including Gregory Maguire (bank on right), Ann Patchett, Celeste Ng, Chris Raschka, and Jacques Pepin -- have decorated more than 100 piggy banks in wild and wonderful ways for the Bank on Booksellers: Piggy Bank Auction!  This very special fundraiser runs from now through September 15th.

bink banksWe are fortunate to work in a collaborative and cooperative business as evidenced by our trade organization, the American Booksellers Association and its partners. One partner, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), is dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. Binc is the successor to ABA's Bookseller Relief Fund, established to help meet the emergency needs of booksellers affected by disasters. Binc also helps in times of personal hardship and offers scholarships for higher education and professional development.
 
Support for the Foundation’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book industry. Since its inception Binc has provided more than $6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families. 

Get a jump start on the holidays and bid on these one-of-a-kind banks for your favorite reader while supporting the folks who support us and our bookselling colleagues! And thanks… ~ Liza

Correction: The Binc Foundation was created by the Borders Group Foundation. After Borders liquidated the Foundation, the separate 501 c 3, decided to scale the work of helping booksellers from one company (Borders) to all booksellers across the country. The ABA is a supporter.

LFA BOM!

Submitted by lizabernard on Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:44am

lfa bom

Ten years ago, I was meeting regularly with other like-minded folks from the community to create what is now the Local First Alliance. We drafted a mission, figured out a sustainable structure, and spread the word about the importance of supporting the local businesses that are the backbone of our towns and states.

Today that message is considered common knowledge, though we still have to remind everyone - including ourselves - how important each and every purchasing decision is.  As an independent bookstore, our mission is to deliver newly released titles, older favorites. and classics in whatever format you like: printed, ebooks, and now digital audiobooks!

To mark our being named Business of the Month for September, the good folks at Libro created a coupon code for our customers to get 30% off! Just enter BOM2018 at checkout when you purchase audiobooks through our website

As a locally-owned, independent business, we participate in many aspects of our community. We create jobs and pay local taxes. We support schools, libraries and a number of other not-for-profit organizations. We encourage you to help keep the Upper Valley a great place to live, work, and play: Think Local First when dining out, banking, hiring professional services, or shopping for anything -- including audiobooks.

Please let us know if need help getting your audiobook account set up. ~ Liza

Birthday Reflections

Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 6:05am


24 candleAfter 24 years, Penny and I have officially put the Norwich Bookstore up for sale! We do not have a deadline; we are definitely not planning to close. We trust that, with time and patience, we will find the right person or team to guide the store into the future.

Saturday's celebration is our annual customer appreciation day. We are thankful for the incredible support of our community: local folks who come in for books, gifts and cards; travelers who discover us and are happy to find an indie bookstore; teachers and librarians who work with us to educate and entertain children; businesses that incorporate books in their promotions; authors who come to our neck of the woods to read and sign their creations; in short, everyone who has been part of this bookish journey.

If you have questions or ideas on the next phase for the Norwich Bookstore, please let us know. And in the meanwhile, join us at the party on Saturday, August 4th! ~ Liza

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