|St. Stephen, NB|
On our recent visit to see Charlotte County's storytents, we wanted to learn about their successes, challenges and adaptions. One challenge we were not expecting was a difficulty in purchasing new or replacement books mid-summer. We learned that the town of St. Stephen, home to the FRC, has only one bookstore - the very new, independent bookseller Bookworms Corner.
|A bookstore selfie|
Bookworms is located at 174 Milltown Blvd. It offers both new and gently-used second hand books. (We picked up a board book version of Barbara Reid's Sing a Song of Mother Goose.) You can also purchase a gift certificate. True to its name, the store is located in one corner of Andy's Pool, Spa & Stove Shop.
Books and a spa! What more does the new homeowner need?
Seriously, though, effective family and community literacy work typically builds on many kinds of private and public resources: schools, libraries, health centres, job-finding clubs, leisure groups, community gardens, housing associations and, yes, bookstores.
We've heard that its a big job to keep a small, independent bookstore alive. We don't know if that's true, but we wanted to give a special shout out to Bookworms. Thanks for being there when we wanted to purchase a quality children's book. We hope you do well over the coming months and years. If we get down your way again, we will certainly stop in!