Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

Today is Monday, March 16, 2020 and this is a very different blog than we expected to be writing even a few weeks ago.

[Photo credit Rod Lee.]


With the ongoing increase in cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the USA, and with a state of emergency being declared in Massachusetts, we at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester are making selected changes to our schedules and operations.

Guidelines for businesses were updated on Sunday, March 15th, and can be found at

In line with these guidelines, we are announcing the following information.

  1. We *WILL* remain open for our normal business hours… Mondays through Thursdays 10AM-8PM, Fridays and Saturdays 10AM-9PM, Sundays 10AM-6PM.

  2. We strongly encourage customers to take advantage of our mail order fulfillment service, for in-stock items as well as special orders. This is a savings of aggravation as well as time and cost by just contacting us and seeing what we can do for you.

  3. If a book is not currently on-hand, we can acquire titles from a network of publishers, wholesalers, and other independent booksellers, usually with a 24-hour to 72-hour turnaround. We can ship books to you via USPS Media Mail anywhere in the US, whether right here in Central Massachusetts or out on the West Coast. Our flat rate is $4.50, whether for one book or a hundred books; we take prepayment via check or credit card.  Please call us at 508-796-5613.

  4. All events previously scheduled for the last few weeks of March and into April have been postponed until a later date.

This includes:

  • Spinning Yarns on Monday 3/16, Monday 3/30, Monday 4/6, and Monday 4/13;

  • The Rainbow Readers LGBTQIA monthly book discussion group on Saturday, 3/21

  • The “Telling Magical Stories” panel and signing on Sunday, 3/22

  • The Free Peoples Artists Workshop critique group on Monday, 3/23;

  • The Doctor Who Monthly Meetup on Monday, 3/29;

  • The Dark Carnival horror reading and signing event on Saturday, 4/4;

  • Our April School Vacation Week events from Saturday 4/18 through Sunday 4/26.

We wish all our friends and customers the safest and swiftest passage through this trying time, and we thank you very much for your patronage.

—-Patty Cryan and the staff of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester

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