Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

Thank you to everyone who came out (and brought their kids!) to all our awesome events last week—especially for our new regular monthly Storytime and our very special Winnie-the-Pooh Day!

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There is ONE MORE DAY left for our Report Card Rewards program! If your student has a great report card, you can still stop in to our 65 James Street store to reward them.

Here are the rewards!  (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!

And while we still have plenty of summer reading titles, believe it or notacquiring copies of literature students will need for Fall as we begin… Back to School season!

While we don’t carry or take returns on text books, we do keep up with a wide variety of literature, non-fiction, workbooks, and other reading materials for a variety of classes. And, as always, we can special order books for you!

Tomorrow may be our last Report Card Rewards day, but it’s also July 31! Harry Potter’s Birthday!


In fact, we’re having a massive birthday party for The Boy Who Lived, TOMORROW, TUESDAY, July 31!

There will be sales and special displays  all day, including an ongoing costume contest, 10%  off purchases for anyone in costume, a Bertie Botts Bean challenge, a Horcrux Rock search, and more. And from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, we’ve scheduled a few extra special events!

* 4:00 PM: Potion Making. Limited to 10 witches and wizards. Come and create a special brew with Professor Selina! RSVP by THURSDAY JULY 26 is required for this event.
* 4:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Easy Level
* 5:00 PM: Wizard Word Mayhem Game
* 5:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Hard Level
* 6:00 PM: Reading Selections from the HARRY POTTER books
* 6:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Impossible Level
* 7:00 PM: Winners announced and awarded for the games and the Costume Contest!

RSVP strongly suggested for all special games to ensure sufficient supplies. Potion Making participants had to RSVP by last Thursday, July 26. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

After that, we’re into AUGUST! And our events continue THIS WEEK…

07272018 - Nick Book CoverTHIS THURSDAY, August 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester welcomes local author Nick Zwirblia.

Nick Zwirblia was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he still resides. He is most reliably found at local thrift stores buying $2 pieces of costume jewelry that end up being gold others don’t see. For more than a decade, Nick lived in rurual Vermont, working in food services at Dartmouth College (where he was known as The Happy Hop Guy), running a successful home-cleaning business, and owned The Enchanted Toy Box, specializing in antique toys and collectibles. Nick’s uncanny “eye for the old” imbues The Bramford Chronicles with a level of got-it-right detail that brings readers back to a time that tells important things about “who we are” and “where we came from.”

In The Bramford Chronicles 1: Johnny and Baby Jumbo, nine-year-old Johnny Edes and his faithful dog Rocket, while out hunting for nightcrawlers, stumble upon the burning wreckage of a circus train. Following a piteous and panicked sound, they discover a baby elephang and pull her away to safety. Johnny hides the elephant, named Miss Baby Jumbo, in the back barn. Now, with the help of several friends, they need to keep Miss Baby Jumbo safe!

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!

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Curious about what else is happening in August? Look no further…

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.

Saturday, August 11, ALL DAY – A Very Special Doctor Who Sale! (Details in our newsletter today and an the blog and Facebook on Tuesday, July 31!)

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!

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 August 31.

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 August 27.

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 August 11.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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