Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside


Happy April Vacation Week!

There’s a lot going on this week at our “bigger on the inside” 65 James Street bookstore with these beautiful days happening around us!

But first, a big “Thank You” to everyone who came out for our events this weekend! We had Jo Page and Scott Schaeffer-Duffy here on Saturday and Sunday speaking about their inspirational experiences and memoirs. We also had a great turn-out for our Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club to discuss Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

Don’t forget, to, that we are once again supporting Worcester – The City That Reads book drive. Donate your new or gently used books appropriate for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. We will be collecting these books through April 30, and if you buy a book just for donation, we will take an additional 10% off.

Also this month, help us welcome back our neighbor, Sisters on Stafford Street. The diner is finally open again after a vehicle crashed into their building.  Anyone who buys $5 or more from our store can be entered to win one of two $10 gift certificates! (If your purchase is just under, consider buying a children’s book for Worcester – The City That Reads book drive!)  The drawing will be held on May 1, at the end of during our weekend-long celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – Vintage Book Event.  Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes—but keep reading to see why you might not want to miss the party.

NOW onto our busy School Vacation Week!

Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19 – April Vacation Fun!

            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Singalong featuring favorite children’s songs

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Storytelling featuring William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood Series

Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North, Jack Frost, The Sandman

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Crafts – Build a telescope or create your own moon

UPDATE, CANCELLED EVENT: Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM event with Maddison’s Mission. We apologize for any inconvenience.

And then for kids and grown-ups, we’ve got…

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group. Talk continues on the Doctor’s Companions, focusing on the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

Friday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers brings their regular open mic, this month featuring Catherine Reed.

And then on Saturday, April 23, All Day, we have our Poets Assemble! event.

Join us for an all-ages, day-long crafting event where we create and decorate poets to join us on adventures! April is National Poetry Month, and the third Friday in July is Take Your #poettowork day, as created by – We just want to extend the fun!

And then rounding out the rest of the month…

Monday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

And last, but not least, we have this SPECIAL EVENT!

Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1 – Weekend Long Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event!

ABSW has a great collection of vintage and antique books that we normally only sell online, but to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we are opening our collection to the public to browse!  At 1:00 PM on Saturday, owner Patty Cryan will give a set of collected readings on “Books about Books” and on Sunday at 1:00 PM, she will talk about her adventures in bookselling and handling vintage books. Throughout both days, we’ll have other surprises for everyone.

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on April 22.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting on April 25.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on April 21.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. The book will be The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Next meeting on May 21.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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