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Distracted & Forgetful?

Submitted by lizabernard on Tue, 02/23/2021 - 4:45pm

What with the pandemic, politics, and personal challenges, I have been Books to pick upsomewhat distracted these past few months…

Many of you may be in the same boat which may explain the many unclaimed packages waiting for pick up! You head out to do errands and then get home and realize you drove right past the bookstore and forgot to stop for your package. Or the weather took a turn for the worse and you felt you better head home before it got dark and the roads became slick.

Whatever the reason, we have a growing backlog of book orders waiting for their readers! We try to reach out with reminders but have been having a hard time tracking some of you down as we don't have current phone numbers or email addresses on file.  

We all look forward to the day when you can stop by for your order and stay to browse but we are not ready to open until cases decrease and the cross-state travel ban is lifted. Until then, please be in touch by phone or email. We’re happy to bring things out to the porch for you. - Liza

Calling All Wizards!

Submitted by lizabernard on Tue, 02/09/2021 - 2:53pm

Cahoots at LOHMaking February break plans for your family? If the snow lasts, sledding and skiing nearby will be fun. If it's cold, you can curl up by the fire with a good book - and we have some great recommendations! 

Or you can attend The University of Wonder and Imagination hosted by our friends at the Lebanon Opera House. Sign up for an interactive adventure through a set of mysterious classrooms with surprises at every turn. This is a ticketed, limited-capacity Zoom theater experience presented by LOH, in partnership with Cahoots NI, Northern Ireland’s leading children’s theater company.
The show is suitable for “students'' of all ages and magical abilities. You don’t have to be a wizard like Harry Potter! It's a great way for families and friends to connect remotely. To keep it intimate, each show is limited to 10 households (a household is all under one roof, using one device, for $25). Get together with friends or extended family and make it an exclusive experience.

As challenging as the past year has been, in many ways the pandemic has inspired the most creative aspects of us. This show connects and entertains while keeping everyone safe at home. - Liza

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 8:14am

hello 2021A note from our 1.15.21 newsletter...

We’re back from our brief break and look forward to the new year! Hopefully, we'll all discover great reads, join interesting author presentations, and maintain careful interactions, and get through these challenging times.

Thank you all for your continued support and incredible flexibility last year as we pivoted to virtual shopping and online events. Your willingness to check out our porch displays when the weather was warm and continue to browse - with quick glove removal - during these frigid months.

While our website has evolved quickly as demand expanded exponentially, there were some glitches. We appreciate your patience as we work out the new systems.

We have recently created new lists and links to replicate how you might discover books if you were in the store. The buttons to the right bring you to a selection of new and noteworthy books from each section. These lists will be updated frequently. (You can also find them on our website under “Shop the Bookstore” / “Browse Books by Category.”)

We look forward to doing what we love: spending time with you - albeit by phone or email - to help you find your next great read. We truly enjoy being your personal shopper during this time of social distancing. Please call or email, tell us a little about what you are looking for and we are happy to make suggestions. We'll send links via email if you would like to dig a little deeper.

A Well-Earned Rest

Submitted by lizabernard on Sat, 12/19/2020 - 5:35am

What a month, what a year! 

In recognition of the extraordinary efforts of our bookselling team to get your holiday gifts to you in these challenging times, Penny and I have decided to give them a needed break between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

This unprecedented schedule change will give us all time to relax and rejuvenate to begin 2021 with gusto - and most likely great new reading recommendations as we will all be hunkering down with a stack of forthcoming books!

As usual, we will be open until 3 pm on Christmas Eve. We will be at the store on Saturday, December 26th, 9 am - 2 pm, to put packages on the porch for pickup. Then we will be back on Saturday, January 2nd, 9 am - 2 pm. Although the store will not be open for regular business, a few of us will be here finishing up projects and monitoring emails.

We are almost at the point when the light returns. The days will start getting longer, a vaccine will be available to us soon, and slowly, carefully, we can get back to gathering with friends and family. In the meantime, there are so many new and classic books to  keep us informed and entertained.

Keeping it local - online!

Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 11/20/2020 - 5:42am

For the past several years we have celebrated Cider Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving as an alternative to the much touted Cyber Monday. We served local cider and cookies and invited you to step away from your computer…

This year it is necessary for safety reasons to embrace online shopping - but that does not mean turning to big box stores or behemoth retailers! 

We are working hard behind the scenes to simplify the process of ordering from this website. We're adding lots of the great items on our shelves that were not listed before: calendars, socks, cards, games, and toys. It is currently a work in progress - the enhanced site will be up very soon.

Now, more than ever, it is important to shop the stores you want to frequent in your post-Covid world. Discover the online presence of our neighbors: Norwich Knits, Zuzu’s, Blue Sparrow Kitchen, and Dan & Whits to name just a few! - Liza

Trust & Cooperation

Submitted by lizabernard on Sat, 10/17/2020 - 7:08am

table w hand sanitizer

We love having you back in the store! Talking about what you are reading, selecting cards or a puzzle, and quietly browsing the shelves -- that is what the bookstore is about.

But we can only continue this gradual reopening with your cooperation. Before we can welcome you into our space, we ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire online when you make your appointment.

You must confirm that you are following Vermont's travel regulations. This means that you have not just returned from California, or Florida, or even eastern Massachusetts! (Currently only one county in MA qualifies for travel to VT without a quarantine period.)

A house guest from out of state could also be a reason to postpone your visit to the bookstore. 

Phone, email, and web orders for pick up from the porch are still the way to go if you are not sure about contacts you may have had. It’s easy and fast - and you can shop in your PJs.

We need to trust that you are being as careful with us as we are with you. We appreciate an abundance of caution. - Liza

Sad & Heartened...

Submitted by lizabernard on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 2:23pm

It was hard to take down the banners on Saturday afternoon, not knowing when we will put them up again to indicate that we are open to visitors…

While I am heartened by the flood of orders by phone, email, and via this website, I miss your company and conversations already!

I plan to send newsletters with reading suggestions. Maybe we can get a facebook thread of recommendations going?

The situation chanes so rapidly, I am planning just a day or two at a time. And yet, I will be ordering new titles and organizing events for when this crisis is behind us. I need to keep looking ahead to not become overwhelmed with the present.

Stay safe, be well - Liza

Instant Replay

Submitted by lizabernard on Fri, 02/28/2020 - 3:17pm

a mayor readingSometimes you can’t make it to an author event. Or you were here and want to review something that was said or perhaps share an idea that was presented with a friend. Did you know that CATV films and airs many of our gatherings?

I just posted four more videos here on our website! Here are links to the most recent half dozen and more can be found in the lower right hand corner of the main page.

2/22/20 Jeff Sharlet - This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers

12/11/19 Anne Fadiman - Clifton Fadiman's Wally the Wordworm

11/13/19 Sydney Lea - Here: Poems

10/30/19 Kristin Kimball - Good Husbandry: A Memoir

10/23/19 Helmuth Caspar von Moltke - Last Letters

10/16/19 Archer Mayor - Bomber's Moon

I have a bit part in the production; I introduce the guest speaker. Even so, it is unnerving to see myself on film, and I do wish I could request a do-over for some of my speaking stumbles…

Great thanks to CATV and their volunteer videographer, David Donley, for making these films available to all. - Liza

Morning Notes

Submitted by lizabernard on Wed, 02/05/2020 - 5:48am

Every morning as I sip my tea, I scan the Norwich listserv as well as Pomfret’s (where I live). My copy of the Valley News arrives later in the day. 

I have added Rob Gurwitt’s Daybreak to my collection of daily information: “No spin, just news that connects you.” I appreciate the tidbits that Rob offers much more than the scattershot and often snarky and negative Facebook postings. 

depaola drawingAnd each day a Tomie dePaola drawing pops into my inbox. Sometimes the image is humorous; often it marks an author or artist’s birthday. National and religious holidays are noted. Today it was a vintage post from February 4, 2016 - “Thank a Postal Carrier Day.” 

For the first nine days of each month there is a separate email with a simple message of peace. The novena includes the gentle instruction “Think and say the word, or think and say 'Peace.'" The drawing is simple, a leaf or frond for each of the nine days and the word “peace” in a different language.

depaola - paxIn this tumultuous world, I look forward to these missives from Rob and Tomie. What are the recurring bright spots in your reading life? - Liza

January Update

Submitted by lizabernard on Sun, 01/26/2020 - 12:31pm

The fun parts...

Phew! I just delivered the reports for filing our taxes to the accountant. Now I can focus on the fun part of running a bookstore: books, authors, and events!

We are busy scheduling exciting author visits to the store and are bringing books to readings and lectures throughout the community.

And we are pleased to partner again with the Blood Donor Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Though “Give a Child Another Chapter” officially ends this week, you can still participate if you make an appointment to donate blood in early February and mention the program.

staff 2020So far, the new books for 2020 range widely -- fun and heartwarming to political and controversial. Always a variety to choose from… Stop by and see what's on display.

The calendar is still in flux - even for February - so stay tuned! - Liza

(I had to post the picture from a wonderful potluck feast we celebrated with our significant others at Penny's warm and welcoming home. We have a great team!)


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