July has just flown by. We’ve seen lots of old friends returning to shop with us and have met many new customers who’ve just discovered our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside. The heavy rains of the first part of the month have given way to warm and dry weather, and we’re here, rain or shine, to serve your summer needs.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated persons. We are leaving it up to our customers’ comfort level whether they wear masks when shopping. If you have not yet been vaccinated or cannot maintain social distancing within the aisles of the store, we do suggest continuing to be masked; we’ve found it also assists with filtering out pollen and allergens!
As we enter August, and thus the last full month of summer, our hours of operation are:
MONDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS: 10AM TO 8PM
FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS: 10AM TO 9PM
SUNDAYS: 10AM TO 6PM
We will have an adjustment to our hours after Labor Day, which falls on Monday, September 6th.
As a matter of discussion regarding safety and capacity, we expect to slowly bring back some of our regular in-store events like Spinning Yarns and the Rainbow Readers book discussion group. Group meetings, craft sessions, and in-person author signings had been suspended since March of 2020. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website for updates concerning events.
Our July publisher specials continue to fly out the door, including ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS by Rainbow Rowell [young adult fantasy], THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix [adult horror], and LISTEN by Gabi Snyder [picture book].
Our August publisher specials have started to roll in, as well. So far we have: DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM by Jennifer de Leon, a young adult realistic fiction novel addressing diversity; VAMPENGUIN, a sweet picture book about fitting in by Lucy Ruth Cummins; and the eagerly awaited middle grade debut THE HALLOWEEN MOON by Joseph Fink, the co-creator of the award-winning podcast WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE.
All of our publisher specials are discounted 42% off of cover price, and a few have bonuses, such as signed bookplates.
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In addition, we recently interviewed DJ Butler, Mike Kupari, and Matt Bell. Upcoming interviews include picture book author David Ezra Stein, self-help writer Adora Winquist, and middle grade author Dan Gutman!
Keep an eye out later this week for our special newsletter spotlighting books and matters of interest to parents, caretakers, and educators of children and teens!
Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.
—Patty and the staff of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester