As summer is now coming to a close and kids are starting to get back into school there may be a need to get that summer reading book they never got around to, or there are new book assignments already. So if you are looking for that very late summer reading book, want to squeeze in one last beach read, want to continue a series you started this summer, or are seeking out a new bookstore to visit, this list is for you. Compiled below are a slew of bookstores across the state and even a few across the border:
Mystic, CT Westerly, RI
Bank Square Books in nearby Mystic and Savoy Bookshop and Cafe in Westerly are two incredible locally-owned locations to browse books. Both are close to the Atlantic Ocean giving you scenic locales perfect to inspire beach reading or stay in at the cafe. The staff organize great author meet and greets and storytimes year-round.
Warwick, Smithfield, and Middletown
Barnes and Noble are the big guys, but their large facilities and multiple locations make them a great spot to check out the newest releases from your favorite authors. Barnes and Noble hosts plenty of free events. If you were a fan of our previous board game post (check it out here) you will be happy to know that Barnes and Noble hosts game nights and has a great selection of tabletop games.
Barrington and Cranston
Barrington Books has two locations, the flagship store in the Barrington town center and a second location in Garden City. Each location is a very walkable shopping area making it easy for you to pop in and browse the selection of books and unique gift ideas.
Books on the Square is aptly named for its great location right on Wayland Square. Step in before or after visiting the nearby cafes and catch a weekly storytime or author event. Books on the Square celebrated their 25th-anniversary last year and they remain a local favorite.
Books on the Square celebrated their 25th last year and this year Island Books in Middletown has that honor. This local favorite has remained a hub for book lovers whether they be year-round islanders or just stopping by for the beaches. RI Monthly has consistently named them the best bookstore in Newport County since 2006.
Island Bound Bookstore is out on Block Island, so if you are stuck on the Island and hate what you brought or finished already check out this store’s wide selection. Island Bound features both NYT bestsellers as well as local books that capture the beauty and history of the island.
Paper Nautilus is heavily influenced by its proximity to College Hill and its renowned campuses. Paper Nautilus has an eclectic assortment of books and gifts. Local authors are always in stock and the store prides itself on its H.P. Lovecraft selection. Head in and check out the collection and the visual art displays.
RiffRaff Bookstore is a one of a kind bookstore in the area, not only for its stock of books but in addition to a cafe, it also features a full bar. Discover books from independent presses and new voices as you sip on a cocktail or a coffee.
Right by the historic Slater Mill is this independently owned bookstore filled with both new and used books. Stillwater Books is a huge supporter of local authors with its ever-growing collection, as well as having its own independent publishing company.
Symposium Books is located downtown right on Westminster Street and provide a variety of new and used goods books as well as vinyl records. They are constantly adding to their collection and have a convenient delivery service for those in the area in need of a last minute gift. This is a popular spot in the heart of Providence for both young and old.
Located inside the Wakefield Mall, Wakefield Books is a proud supporter of local authors and its community. They offer discounts for many events and local educators and host local authors monthly. Wakefield Books also has a 24/7 online store perfect for those who have a late night craving for a book.
In addition to these great stores offering both new and old these stores are exclusively used bookstores. Do not let that scare you away, these stores have a fantastic selection of books at a discounted price and an ever-revolving inventory. So stop at these locations and peruse the shelves:
This bookstore just over the border in Massachusetts offers a wonderful variety of used books at a deep discount. Their inventory also includes audio books, comics, and a small selection of discounted new hardcovers. Call them up and clean off your shelves and have them buy back your books or textbooks and share with someone else.
Cellar Stories is located in downtown Providence tucked away right near Trinity Rep. Their inventory of used books is the largest in the Ocean State featuring over around 70,000 volumes. While the books are constantly changing the quality is always top notch.
To see which locations are in your area and their addresses check out the map below:
Residential Properties Ltd. Broker Associate, Joe Roch recently sold the historic Anna A. Lenz House at 33 Arlington Street in Pawtucket for $355,000, ranking as the highest sale in the Quality Hill neighborhood in over four years, as well as the third highest sale ever recorded in that area.
Built in 1914, this stunning colonial features 4,115 square feet of total living space with beautiful refinished hardwood floors, 5 bedrooms, and 2.2 baths. The spacious interior showcases classic period details, including coffered ceilings, cherry hardwood inlays, crown molding, scrolled mantle brackets, an original fireplace, built-in bookcases, and beautiful stained glass windows.
The listing agent, Joe Roch, is a third generation Realtor® and appraiser. Joe is a member of RPL’s new West Side of Providence office located at 376 Broadway, and has sat on the board of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association since 2014, where he is co-chair of the Historic House Tour. To learn more about Joe Roch, please visit his Agent Bio Page.
It is amazing to see how much vinyl has continued to thrive with its recent revival. CDs are falling out of favor due to streaming and digital, but vinyl is still going strong and record stores are continuing to be a hub of the community. On April 21st you can celebrate Record Store Day, an international event for brick-and-mortar record stores where you can participate in local events and find exclusive albums. This is a great opportunity to discover all of the music options in your neighborhood and to help support local businesses.
Record Store Day was first celebrated on April 19, 2008, which makes this year a special 10th anniversary of the holiday. A Record Store Day Ambassador has been picked for the event every year and has included the likes of Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Chuck D, and St. Vincent. This year’s ambassador is the group, Run the Jewels.
So come out and commemorate all of the great music and conversations record stores have brought us. Multiple record stores in the area are participating including:
Newbury Comics (Providence Place Mall)
74 Providence Place Providence Place Mall Third Floor Providence, RI
Newbury Comics (Warwick, RI)
1500 Bald Hill Road/Rt.2 Warwick, RI
Newbury Comics (North Attleboro)
999 S. Washington St., Emerald Square Mall 3rd Level N. Attleboro, MA
436 Broadway Providence, RI
580B Wickenden Street Providence, RI
Kangaroo CD’s & Tapes
1759-C Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI
Luke’s Record Exchange
393 Broadway Pawtucket, RI
In Your Ear Music
462 Main Street Warren, RI
Blast from the Past
10 Highland Street West Warwick, RI
Check your local record store to see if they are participating and try to find some of the great exclusive products that are available. For more information on the event check out the official website at RecordStoreDay.com.
Comment below and tell us some of your all-time favorite albums. Also, keep a lookout for Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th and keep checking out the RPL blog for great events and attractions in the area.