National Book Lovers Day: Resources for Bibliophiles

national book lovers day

Celebrate because today is National Book Lovers Day! Clearly books are great anytime of year, but in case you needed that extra push to go find your next read or grab a few fresh books for your kids, here are some resources:

Libraries

The Metro Library Network consists of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion public libraries so if the book you’re looking for isn’t at one location you can request it from another. Their app makes it super simple to do from home, plus there are tons of digital resources available. I’ve also been taking advantage of their Libby and Hoopla apps which let me download audiobooks directly to my phone for free that I can listen to in the pick up line or as I’m chasing my baby.

If you’re in the mood for a walk to park adventure, why not see what books are in the Little Free Library near you? The simple concept of “Take a book. Share a book” keeps these sweet little neighborhood additions going, and you or your kids might find your new favorite book!

Local Bookstores

We’re lucky enough to have several independent bookstores in our area.

Swamp Fox Bookstore is a super cute shop with a commitment to “finding the perfect book for every reader.” It’s located in one of my favorite places in Marion, West End, which is a group of micro shops and a delicious diner.

Speaking of favorite places, the Newbo area is so much fun and boasts its own local bookstore: Next Page Books.

If you want a good deal on books, or want to sell some of the ones you’ve already read Half Price Books is a great option.

Online

I’ve been trying to support our local bookstores by ordering through Bookshop.org if I’m ordering books online.

Better World Books is another great way to support literacy initiatives and get your book fix!

Where is your favorite place to find a book? Read anything good lately?


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Olivia grew up just outside of Cedar Rapids in Mount Vernon, IA. She moved to Pella, IA for undergrad and loved working in the library, so she continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Masters of Library and Information Science. She originally intended to be a higher ed librarian, but an internship at a public library working with kids convinced her to change her plans. After 9 years working as a full time children’s librarian, Olivia is now embarking on an exciting new chapter as a full time mama.

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