Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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Happy Labor Day! We hope all our friends are having an excellent holiday weekend and staying safe. Do you know what we are celebrating today?

According to the Department of Labor: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Find out more about Labor Day and its history on the Department of Labor website.

We ARE open TODAY, Labor Day, for our regular fall hours, so feel free to stop in. We always have our hours listed on our website, but here they are for your quick reference:


Sunday:                       10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday:                      10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday-Thursday:     10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday-Saturday          10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

And we’ve got a LOT happening this week, too!

TODAY, MONDAY, September 3, since we’re open, we’re also still hosting our Spinning Yarns group. Come bring your material craft, relax, chat, and listen to a good audio book or audio drama!

THIS WEDNESDAY, September 5, join us for our weekly Board Game Night!

And THIS FRIDAY, , September 7, 6:00-8:00 PM – SF Author Gene Doucette and The Spaceship Next Door.

Gene Doucette is the best-selling author of the fantasy series Immortal and The Immortal Chronicles, and sci-fi thrillers Fixer and Unfiction. He is also a humorist, award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife.


For fans of classic SF classics like  Villeneuve’s Arrival, H.G. Wells’s War of The Worlds, and Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doucette’s chilling, off-beat tale begins three years ago, on a cool August night, when a spaceship lands in the sleepy New England town of Sorrow Falls. Since then, it has remained dormant, never opening its doors. After being taken over by the US Army and cordoned off, it remained impenetrable and continued to do… nothing.

Until one day, everything changes. Townspeople, both alive and dead, begin to “sleepwalk” through the streets, hysteria sweeps through the community. Investigating government agent Edgar Somerville finds an unlikely ally in 16-year-old Annie Collins, a precocious local teenager, and the two embark on a thrilling, at times terrifying, quest to uncover the secrets of the alien vessel once and for all.

Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – How To: Garden with Integrated Crop Management with Breezy Gardens.

This September, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to again team up with Kim Miczak of Breezy Gardens in Leicester to present “How to Garden using Integrated Crop Management” just in time for autumn garden preparations. Growing fruits and vegetables through environmentally sound practices is the very best way to enjoy healthy, delicious foods. Pre-Registration strongly suggested; event starts promptly at 11:00. Pre-register in-store or by calling (508)796-5613.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – ABSW Table at Worcester Pride Festival.

We’ll be by the children’s area on the Green—and we’re getting in some special titles just for this event! Stop by and say “Hi!”



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!

And look at the rest of September…

Friday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 – YA SF Author Greg Katsoulis and Access Restricted.

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey.

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 – 8:00 – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 – 3:00 – Noir Mystery Author Sharon Healy-Yang and Letters from a Dead Man.

Friday, September 28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM – Storytime: Farm Animals.

We know it’s a busy time of year, so we’ve got even more events up on our calendar—and if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you got them delivered right to your inbox last week. Interested in getting special coupons and being the first to hear about special sales and events?

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Here’s a peek at what else we’ve put on the calendar!

Saturday, October 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Josh Funk Pancake Party Reading, Signing, and More!

Monday, October 8, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Pete the Cat Day.

Saturday, October 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – How To: Loom Knit. Pre-registration and $5 Materials fee required.

Friday, October 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Spooky Tales.

Saturday, November, 17, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Day!

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Small Business Saturday with Local Children’s Authors and Artists.

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 September, our theme is Farm Animals! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting September 28.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! September’s topic is How To: Garden with Integrated Crop Management with Breezy Gardens. Pre-registration strongly suggested; event starts promptly. Next meeting September 8.

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 September 24.

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 September 20.

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 September 15.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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