A Bookish Week

I recently had a bookish week which I loved.


It started out on the last Friday of October when I was able to volunteer again at the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. It was so much fun to have this event happening again and to see so many book loving people all in one place- from dedicated volunteers who’ve been contributing their time some for over a couple of decades to readers who were ready to fill up boxes of great bargains.

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It was my tenth year helping out a retired librarian hand out books to her neighborhood trick or treaters! This is something I look forward to every year and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It was also nice being recognized from the bookstore by some of the people.

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Then, the following day, as part of the events leading up to the Portland Book Festival, I was able to check out one of the coolest literary idea ever- a traveling bookstore! It was great getting to talk to the owner of St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I even found a wonderful writerly kidlit title by the local literary legend Beverly Cleary!


On Thursday, I went to a new-to-me bookstore that used to be Windows Booksellers and changed ownership to now what is known Arches Bookhouse.

I was familiar with Windows but debated whether or not to go since I didn’t want to go to a very specialized bookstore. Theirs is Humanities. But I was pleasantly surprised there was a wonderful selection of other books for all ages.

As if that wasn’t enough, I wanted to check out the re-opened Central Library and they had a wonderful exhibit on display- Fables & Tales, Pictures & Stories: Children’s Literature from the John Wilson Special Collections.

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I felt truly blessed I was able to do so many bookish things this past week!


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