Afterwords in Edwardsville, Illinois, has all of your book needs covered. Selling both new and used titles, as well as a credit program for trading in gently used books, this store caters to all ages, reading levels and interests. Children can join a book club based on their age and reading level, while non-readers can take part in free story times. Story times are held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or Saturdays at 11 a.m. Adults can join the Friday Night Book Club or Documentary Club.
Afterwords is located at 441 E. Vandalia St., Edwardsville, IL, 62025.
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books in the Central West End offers both new and used book selections. Families can join them on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for children's story times. For those looking for time with just the adults, the store offers more than 200 author events each year, as well as a variety of book clubs to cover any interest.
Find Left Bank Books at 399 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO, 63108.
Main Street Books
Main Street in downtown St. Charles is charming on its own, and the charm of Main Street Books is no exception. Tucked inside this shop on Main is a special children's area filled with the latest and favorites in children's literature while the young adults can hide upstairs in a space all their own. There is something for adults, too, whether they're interested in recent popular fiction or adding some spice to the kitchen or garden.
Main Street Books is located at 307 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO, 63301.
The Novel Neighbor Bookstore The Novel Neighbor Bookstore in Webster Groves is a unique space filled with the latest in adult and children's literature. When you are done browsing the shelves, be sure to take notice of the unique artwork from local artists throughout the store. The store offers weekly story times on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., book-themed birthday parties, or just a place to cozy up and read your new favorite novel.
The Novel Neighbor is located at 7905 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, MO, 63119.
Other novel niches for literary fun
For those who have spent winter curled up with a book so good they want to share, or they're ready for some new material, a Little Free Library is a great option. Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that started in Wisconsin and has grown to include Little Free Libraries all across the country. Little Free Libraries are small, weatherproof boxes in neighborhoods or individual front yards where owners may share their books. Visitors are welcome to visit a box and pick a book to read or place a book in the box that they'd like to give away. Be sure to visit the website to find out more about Little Free Library, or to see if there is one near you. The website also includes information on establishing a Little Free Library.
For even more fun with books, bring Thing 1 and Thing 2 to these upcoming Seuss celebrations.
Melissa Nordmann resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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