About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Monday, June 25, 2012

In And Around Our Nation's Capital, Part II

Hooray for Books!
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

There is something quite gratifying about walking along old cobblestone streets through historic districts that have known the likes of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Librarians often seem to have an interest in historical things, perhaps even more so in my case. Although I never had the pleasure of doing so, I am certified to teach history and have a profound fascination for historic places such as Gettysburg and Williamsburg. No less captivating is Old Alexandria, Virginia, a short ride by water taxi from our hotel across the river in Maryland. With D.C. seemingly overrun by Girl Scouts, my husband and I, undaunted by the heat and humidity, decided to spend a Sunday afternoon walking the old streets and seeing the sights of Alexandria. After an engaging tour of the beautiful Lee-Fendall House, we temporarily parted ways. My husband went on to visit the landmark George Washington Masonic Memorial while I, of course, visited a bookstore whose name perfectly captures my sentiments: Hooray for Books!

Maryam and Leah
A small hanging sign ornaments what is otherwise a plain red brick exterior. Inside, the store is anything but plain. Hooray for Books! as the name suggests, is a children's bookstore now occupying what was formerly, well, a children's bookstore. The current owners actually worked at the previous store, and although they were not present at the time of my visit, I was in very good hands with two delightful young staff members, Maryam and Leah, who were more than happy to share information about the shop. Maryam started working at the store shortly after it opened four years ago when she was still in high school, and Leah, a relative newbie, joined the staff this past February. The two have an obvious love of children and books. Both grew up in households with mothers who ran home daycares. Leah spent time as a nanny in Madrid, and Maryam is currently studying developmental psychology.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In And Around Our Nation's Capital

Inside the Capitol Dome

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how lucky I was to be able to visit Hong Kong with my husband when he had a business trip to China last February. It was a fabulous trip. (See Hong Kong)
This month he was scheduled to attend a conference in Washington D.C. so I decided to tag along on that trip as well. Gotta love the frequent flier mileage program. We arrived a weekend ahead of the conference with plans to visit the Smithsonian on Saturday and nearby Mt. Vernon on Sunday. Our plans rapidly changed, however. As it turns out, we were sharing that weekend in our nation's capital with over 200,000 Girl Scouts who were in town for the 100th anniversary of their organization. Crowded on the Mall? You bet. Crowded on the Metro? Absolutely. And we learned that Mt. Vernon also had a special day for the Girl Scouts planned for Sunday. Luckily there is much to see and do in D.C., so we quickly revamped our plans and had a very enjoyable visit.

Library of Congress
During the week while my husband was attending the conference, I of course found time to visit a couple of bookstores and the fabulous Library of Congress. Watch for upcoming blog posts about the trip.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weapon Of Mass Instruction

You have to see this!
An artist in Argentina has transformed an old Ford Falcon into a roving free library. Thanks, Marie, for sharing. This was so good I had to pass it on.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Save The Bookstores Day

Support Save the Bookstores Day on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
This is a way to show our favorite brick-and-mortar bookstores that they still matter.
Buy a book, or 2, or 5.

Support the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/326646234062397/

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Making More Memories In Manistee

Anne's Book Store
380 River
Manistee, MI 49660

What's better than a fun visit to a great bookstore? Why, another great bookstore in the same town, of course. And when it's only a block away, it just doesn't get any better for a bibliomaniac like me. Thanks again to Jim Aldrich
(see J & J Book Dealers) for the perfect term to describe those among us with a severe case of book lust.

I was still smiling from my visit with Pat and Peggy at The Bookstore of Manistee when I walked through the door of Anne's and met owner, Jim Cowie, a remarkably interesting individual and fellow bibliomaniac who says he simply enjoys being around books. Now I can relate to that.