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Once Gathering Places, New Hampshire's Independent Book Stores Turn To Delivery

Courtesy of Water Street Bookstore

Some people find themselves right now with a lot of extra quiet time in the house. You could  stew. You could tweet. Or, how about you get some reading done? 

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While most libraries are closed, many of the state’s independent book shops are still operating, providing either curbside pick-up or delivery for customers. While the shops used to provide a space to gather and browse, they are now functioning as makeshift warehouses, taking orders and packing books, toys and games.

We checked in with the owners of four independent bookshops to see how they see their role during the pandemic. 

Thanks to The Toadstool Bookshops in the Monadnock Region, Sheafe Street Books in Portsmouth, Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, and Main Street Bookends in Warner.

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Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
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