Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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We’re halfway through July, and really picking things up with news and events! Hang on, there’s a lot in this blog!

Are you an author interested in getting your book into independent book stores? Check out the blog our Trish Wooldridge, events coordinator, wrote for 24 Carrots!

As the school year ends, we know many of our younger friends and family are getting their report cards! How were your grades? Did you know we have a Report Card Rewards program for those with especially good grades? We do!

During the month of July, bring your final 2018 report card into our 65 James Street store and receive free books!  (One prize per report card.)

  • If your highest grade is an “A” (or A equivalent), you’ll receive TWO free used books!
  • If your highest grade is a “B” (or a B equivalent), you’ll receive ONE free used book!
  • If you have a straight “A” report card (including A+, A-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!
  • If you have a straight “B” report card (including B+, B-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!

We’re still getting more summer reading titles, so if you’ve got summer reading assignments, come in and see us. We can also special order various titles for you. And if you know you’ll be traveling and you need a summer reading title—or a new beach read or vacation book—we do have a mail order service. Order a book and we can mail it to you. Find out more about our mail order service here!

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

If you want to get the first notices for these kinds of events—along with special Newsletter Only coupons and discounts—sign up for our Newsletter! We send out emails every other week, and we’ve upgraded our Newsletter server to ensure the protection of your information.


Now, onto the amazing events we have going on THIS WEEK!

THIS WEDNESDAY, July 18, join us for Board Game Night!

Do you enjoy board games, but have no one at home that likes to play them? Play games and meet new people. If you are tired of your computer games or just want to try something different, board games can be very exciting and lots of fun!

And THIS SATURDAY, July 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, the Rainbow Readers Discuss Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo.

Miniature artist Ian Meyers has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.

Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, but then Simon explains that he and Lydia are polyamorous, and if Ian wants Simon, neither of them will complain. If anything, Lydia encourages the relationship.

Ian’s all in, and it’s fantastic working with Simon to piece together his set and then take each other apart at night. His friendship with Lydia grows too. The only problem is, the more time he spends with Simon, the more he wants everything Simon already has with Lydia: A house. A cat. A commitment. So Ian runs, and shatters the trust he has with them both—right when they need him the most. Piecing their relationships back together might prove harder than a smashed set.

But wait, there’s more! And some big July events, too!

Friday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Wild Things. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Saturday, July 28, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Day.

Join us for games, puzzles, trivia, and more (and prizes too!) as we celebrate one of the most beloved bears of all time! Just in time for the new Christopher Robin movie. (Check our website for a peek at the schedule!)

Tuesday, July 31, All Day – Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Calling all wizards to our annual birthday party for The Boy Who Lived! We’ll have games, prizes, costumes, and more. (Check our website for a peek at the schedule!)

Want a sneak peak at August?

Thursday, August, 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Local Author Nick Zwirblia speaks and signs.

Thursday, August, 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs.

Saturday, August 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Trans Liberty Brigade by L.M Pierce.

Sunday, August 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Pagan Picture Books and Sigil Making with J.C. Artemisia.

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids.

Friday, August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Dinosaurs

Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Sydra Mallery’s adoption picture book A Most Unusual Day.

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!


As a reminder, here are 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 fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play! Next meeting July 18.

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This July, our theme is Wild Things! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting July 27.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! August’s topic is How To: Find Crafts to do with Kids with our own Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Events start promptly at time listed. Next meeting August 18.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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 July 23.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is August 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting July 21.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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