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August
5

8 Places to Bury Your Nose in a Book Around Northeast Ohio

Book Lovers Day in Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Burying your nose in a good book is a great way to leave your worries behind for a few hours. People who read typically have more active imaginations. Plus, reading can help ease stress and depression, prevent cognitive decline, and build your vocabulary. Whether you love mystery novels, non-fiction, or something in-between, Northeast Ohio has several local bookstores worth visiting. Head to one of these book shops to find your next read.

Loganberry Books

10515 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Located in the historic Larchmere neighborhood, this Cleveland bookstore first opened in 1994 and has kept readers happy ever since. They have more than 100,000 different titles in stock, including many on women's history and literature. Loganberry Books carries both new and used titles, including some leatherbound books and first editions. If you're not only a reader but a book collector, this is the place to go.

Loganberry books is open daily. Shoppers can join their Perks Program for free and earn a $10 coupon for every $100 spent. Perks Program members also get a bonus coupon on birthdays and extra store credit when they sell books.

Half-Price Books

1607 Golden Gate Plaza, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Half-Price Books is a family-owned bookstore that sells secondhand books and other media. You can take them your already-read books to sell and go home with new titles to enjoy. The store has a good selection of books on philosophy, martial arts, and animals. The wide aisles and friendly atmosphere make it a great place to shop with kids.

Half-Price Books is open daily. They offer online ordering and curbside pickup, which are great if you're in a rush.

Fireside Book Shop

29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Fireside Book Shop has been serving Northeast Ohio since 1963. The store has an old-fashioned appeal but in the best way. They not only have a great selection of books, but also countless puzzles, greeting cards, and board games. The helpful staff members can help you find the perfect book, whether you're shopping for yourself or a loved one.

Fireside Book Shop is a woman-owned business and is open daily. Their Trade-In Program is a customer favorite, allowing shoppers to trade in their used books for store credit. Stop by regularly, and you'll always have something new to read.

The Learned Owl Book Shop

204 N. Main St., Hudson, OH 44236

The Learned Owl Book Shop has been open on Main Street since 1968. Although the shop is small, its selection of books is incredible. The owner knows everything on the shelves and is very helpful. They also have a children's nook and a selection of adult coloring books.

This bookstore is open daily and is within walking distance of many great cafes and restaurants. You could spend an afternoon picking out a book, walking around the neighborhood, then treating yourself to a nice meal.

Horizontal Books

1921 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

If you find yourself in Cleveland, stop by Horizontal Books and browse their shelves. This shop sells overstock books. If you purchase one, you save 50% off the standard retail price. Purchase more than one, and you save even more. Horizontal Books brings in new titles every day, so there's always something else to discover.

Horizontal Books is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. They're in the process of opening up their own coffee shop, too.

Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry

1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry is a one of the largest bookstores in Ohio. They have three stories of books and community rooms where they host educational events. This shop has a great sci-fi collection and lots of young adult fiction. The entire basement is full of non-fiction titles.

Mack's Backs is walking distance from Case Western Reserve University and is therefore popular with college students. Keep an eye on their website for events such as book signings, writing workshops, and live readings.

Novelty Shop Used & Rare Books

14948 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072

If you're looking for a specific rare or antique book, Novelty Shop is the place to go. This boutique book store sells used, rare, and antique books, along with a small selection of other antique items. You'll find original hardcovers of classics, leatherbound books, and first editions galore.

Novelty Shop has been open since 1999 and is frequented by many of Ohio's book collectors. You're bound to learn something just by stopping in and taking a look around. 

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Visible Voice Books wants to make reading cool again. This independent bookstore has a very relaxed, inviting atmosphere and stocks titles in almost every genre. But they also have so much more than books. There's a bar and coffee shop where you can grab your favorite drink to sip while you read. Selections include craft beers from Fat Head and Left Hand Brewing. They even host wine tasting events.

Inside Visible Voice Books, there is also a neighborhood pizza shop called Crust. So, you can enjoy lunch, find a new book, and buy a bottle of wine—all under one roof. The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Get Lost in a Book

Where will you discover your new favorite novel? Let us know which one of these bookstores feels most like home.

February
26

Visit These Columbus Bookstores and Libraries for Read Across America Day

Bookstores Around Columbus - Cutler Real Estate

"There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" The gentle wisdom of Dr. Seuss is ageless and timeless, which is a big reason why his birthday is observed as National Read Across America Day. Join the celebration on Monday, March 2 with a visit to these terrific Columbus bookstores and libraries.

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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A 32-room bookstore that occupies an entire city block? The Book Loft, located in charming German Village, is a reader's fantasy come to life. In previous lives, the pre-Civil War buildings now housing The Book Loft held general stores, a saloon, and a nickelodeon movie house. Join the Loyalty Club and receive newsletters along with members-only coupons and promotional codes. The Book Loft is open 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Cover to Cover

2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

 
 
 
 
 
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Extensive research has clearly established the benefits of reading for childhood development of cognitive skills. Whether you read to your kids or they do the reading themselves, Cover to Cover is the perfect place to get them started on a lifelong love of books. Cover to Cover was founded by a teacher and is currently owned by another teacher who has a mission to share reading opportunities with other families. Events such as Storytime and Kids Yoga and the Harry Potter Book Club capture kids' imaginations. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday.

Karen Wickliff Books

3527 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Remember those old-school, no-frills used bookstores with floor-to-ceiling shelves and seemingly haphazard piles of books lining the aisles? Karen Wickliff Books is keeping that romantic image alive. Don't go in planning just to kill some time. You'll find yourself spending hours getting lost in all the fabulous finds. Please note that Karen Wickliff Books accepts cash only, so stop at an ATM on the way. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

1124 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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Two Dollar Radio Headquarters is as quirky and delightful as its name. For 12 years, Eric Obenauf and his wife Eliza Wood-Obenauf operated their successful boutique publishing company from their living room. In 2017, the couple expanded to a brick-and-mortar multi-purpose location that includes a bookstore, performance space, bar, coffeehouse, and vegan café. Their own kids can frequently be found in the store, which features a family-friendly corner with table and chairs, toys, board games, and puzzles. Two Dollar Radio HQ is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Kafé Kerouac

2250 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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No doubt Kafé Kerouac's namesake author would have enjoyed spending time at this cozy, laid-back bookstore that embraces art in all its forms. In addition to selling a wide range of books and records, Kafé Kerouac serves as a performance space where you can sip on a beer or glass of wine while watching a concert, comedy show, or poetry slam. Espresso drinks, with or without alcohol, are named after writers, such as customer favorite Jane Austen with white chocolate and hazelnut. Visit Kafé Kerouac from 8 a.m. - 1 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, and noon - midnight Sunday.

Prologue Bookshop

841 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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Book lovers in Columbus rejoiced with the December 2018 opening of Prologue Bookshop, which filled a void in the culturally rich Short North Arts District. Owner Dan Brewster was a software engineer for Goodreads when he realized he would prefer actually working with books instead of behind the scenes. Looking for suggestions? Staff members are also passionate bookworms who are happy to share recommendations. Prologue Bookshop proudly supports the community with readings and book signings by local authors. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gramercy Books

2424 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

 
 
 
 
 
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How does Gramercy Books feel about being part of the Columbus community? The name is a play on the French phrase, "grand merci," which translates to "big thanks." Owners chose the name to symbolize their gratitude for books, customers, and the opportunity to be part of the neighborhood. Gramercy has devoted one corner of the store to Friends of the Library, with items to support the Bexley Public Library. Can't wait to start your new book? Settle in at Kittie's, the adjoining café serving Stumptown coffee along with their famous cupcakes and other delicious baked goods. Gramercy is open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, when doors close at 5 p.m.

Columbus Metropolitan Library 

96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 

 
 
 
 
 
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Books are indeed works of art, so it's only fitting that the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library resembles a world-class museum. The spacious three-story building is sleek, modern, and filled with every amenity a book lover could want. Library membership also gives you access to Hoopla, a digital media service through which you can borrow movies, TV shows, music, audio, and ebooks. Trace your background at the Local History and Genealogy section on the third floor. Grab a light lunch at Carnegie's Café and support Friends of the Library with a purchase from The Library Store or Carnegie Gallery. Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Grandview Heights Public Library

1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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While books are still the main event, Grandview Heights Public Library's impressive collection of CDs and vinyl records has earned it a reputation as heaven for music fans. You can even check out acoustic guitars and ukuleles! People also flock to the library's annual free Music in the Atrium, Music on the Lawn and Music at the Yard programs. Little ones will have fun in the kids' area downstairs, with books, computers, and play areas. GHPL is open 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Northwest Library

2280 Hard Road, Columbus, OH 43235 

 
 
 
 
 
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Northwest Library has the distinction of being only the second library in the United States to be jointly built and operated by two separate systems: Worthington Libraries and Columbus Metropolitan Library. The fireplace area is so cozy and comfortable, it's the next best thing to reading at home. There are two dedicated areas for kids and teens where they can read, work on the computer, and talk without disturbing other patrons. Take a break and walk the Poetry Path, a beautiful outdoor space with the work of six American poets on permanent display. Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Plot Twist!

Where will your personal Columbus story unfold? Let us know in the comments below.

August
8

The Book Lover's Guide to Cleveland

Cleveland has always had a thriving literary community. Not only have we been home to thousands of renowned writers, poets and even comic book illustrators, but our locals love to promote the benefits of reading through incredible bookstores, little free libraries and free bookish events. And if you're an inspiring author, Cleveland offers tons of helpful resources for publication and promotion as well.

To help us pay homage to our flourishing literary community, and to highlight some of our favorite book destinations, we rounded up some of our favorite bookstores, bookish organizations, events and resources. Enjoy!

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Bookstores | Libraries | Organizations + Programs | Annual Events | Book-Loving Businesses

Bookstores

Appletree Books

12419 Cedar Road

Bookstores Cleveland

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First opened in 1975, Appletree Books offers a well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. Along with finding a new favorite book, here you can also pick up locally made greeting cards, journals, letterpress cards, puzzles, bookends and candles.

 

Horizontal Books

1921 West 25th Street

While the prices might fool you, Horizontal Books is not a used bookstore. You can buy one book with a 50 percent discount, two books with a 60 percent discount, and three or more books for a 70 percent discount—and all of the novels are brand new. While they don't have a place to lounge and grab a coffee in-store, West Side Market is just a short walk away!

 

Fireside Book Shop

29 North Franklin Street, Chagrin Falls

Before it was a cozy bookstore, Fireside Book Shop was an auto supply store with an apartment above. After being purchased in 1968, the shop underwent major renovations to become the quaint store we know and love. It may be the incredible selection of new and used books that attract you to Fireside, but it will be the adorable resident Icelandic Sheepdog, Zolla, who'll have you coming back.

 

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Boulevard

Loganberry Books was established in November of 1994 by Harriett Logan. Today, they offer a wide selection of over 100,000 books, including new and used titles, leatherbound and modern first editions along with popular fiction books. You can find this adorable shop on the border of Shaker Heights and Cleveland—just look for the massive book mural on the side of the building!

 

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Avenue

Bookstores Cleveland

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Whether you have a specific book in mind or are just looking to get lost in a sea of pages, Visible Voice Books is the perfect spot for you. Not only do they offer a curated selection of new and secondhand books, magazines, journals and literary gifts, you can also stop into their popular cafe and grab some coffee, tea, or even beer and wine!

 

Libraries

Libraries have always been a haven for book lovers and our hometown library is no different. Here in the Cleveland area, we have two different library systems that you can visit: the Cleveland Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, offering a combined total of 56 locations around Northeast Ohio.

While we definitely won't judge if you spend an entire visit to the library perusing the stacks, there are plenty of other things you can do there as well, like utilizing the computers, taking computer classes, reserving meeting spaces, participating in a book club, and so much more.

 

Organizations + Programs

 Literary Cleveland

Bookstores Cleveland

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Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that helps support the local literary community by providing classes, workshops, readings, conferences and publishing opportunities. They've been growing since 1974 and are now home to over 350 members, including writers, poets, readers and other passionate individuals, all across Northeast Ohio.

 

Northern Ohio Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

If you have a special interest in children's literature, you should consider joining the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This organization is geared towards bringing writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, agents and other individuals in the children's publishing world together to network and promote the literary community. They normally meet every third Saturday to discuss current writing subjects and to help work out concerns of local writers and illustrators. Along with monthly meetings, they also host regular field trips and retreats along with an annual conference.

 

Creative Summit Writer's Roundtable

Bookstores Cleveland

Along with teaching meditation techniques, the Shambhala Meditation Center in Cuyahoga Falls also hosts a creative writers round table on the third Monday of each month. The goal of the monthly meeting is to share creative writing and provide feedback on others' work. Are you interested in attending? Visit their website to learn more about how to join and what types of writing you can bring.

 

Annual Events

Cleveland Inkubator

This annual literary event is Northeast Ohio's largest free annual festival for writers and readers. Hosted by Literary Cleveland, the event consists of four whole days of workshops, craft talks, panels, readings and a fair featuring all of your favorite local bookstores, presses, literary journals, writing groups and organizations!

 

CLE Reads Book Festival

Bookstores Cleveland

The CLE Reads Book Festival is an annual event that promotes literacy and diversity in the Cleveland community. Each year, the festival highlights local authors along with award-winning writers from all across the country. In addition to meet-and-greets and autograph signings, local bookstores, providing books and bookish goodies to attendees, are also always in attendance.

 

Cleveland Book Week

For three years, the Cleveland Foundation has put on a special literary-themed event that takes place over one full week in the fall. The 2019 event will be running from September 21-29 and featuring a series of free events to celebrate the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony. Check out their website for the full list of scheduled events!

 

William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage

Bookstores Cleveland

Hosted by the Cuyahoga County Public Library, the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage is a series that brings the world's best writers to Cleveland to talk about their craft. The 2019 season takes place from September through May, with special events hosted at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University almost monthly. You can find a full list of scheduled events and purchase tickets on their website.

 

Book-Loving Businesses

Bookhouse Brewing

1526 West 25th Street

Located in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, Bookhouse Brewing is a book and beer lover's dream! The brewery is nestled in the historic building that once housed the Jacob Baehr Brewery, which was famously run by Magdalena Baehr, "Cleveland's Widow Brewer" after her husband passed away. The quaint taphouse is also a free library, meaning every book you see when you walk in is free to take—they just ask that you bring one (or two, or three) to take its place. While they gladly accept books any time, the best time to stop by is the first Tuesday of every month during their monthly book swap!

 

Read On!

Do you have any tips for other Cleveland bookworms? Let us know in the comments!

January
31

13 Book Shops in Northeast Ohio That You Should Visit Right Away

In our opinion, there's nothing better than escaping into a really good book, or for that matter, into a really good bookshop. We can't think of a better way to spend a morning than wandering through endless rows of books, no matter the genre. Luckily for us, Northeast Ohio just happens to be home to some of the best bookstores in the country! We've curated a list of the best, all of which have incredible staff members that will be able to point you in the direction of your new favorite novel. So grab your fellow bookworms and hit the road, because your weekend is all booked.  

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Cleveland Area | Akron Area | Canton Area

Cleveland Area

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights

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Loganberry Books was established in November of 1994 by Harriett Logan. Today, they offer a wide selection of over 100,000 books. You can purchase new, used and rare children's and illustrated books, women's history and literature, leatherbound and modern first editions, and popular fiction books. You can find this adorable shop on the border of Shaker Heights and Cleveland — just look for the massive book mural on the side of the building!

Mac's Backs — Books on Coventry

1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights With over three floors of new and used books and magazines, Mac's Backs is pretty much a book lover's paradise! They offer a huge selection of classics, mysteries, science fiction, contemporary fiction, non-fiction and more. You can even book their free meeting space for your book club or any other organization.

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Avenue, Cleveland Whether you have a specific book in mind or are just looking to get lost in a sea of pages, Visible Voice Books is the perfect spot for you. Not only do they offer a curated selection of new and secondhand books, magazines, journals and literary gifts, you can also stop into their popular cafe and grab some coffee, tea, or even beer and wine!

Fireside Book Shop

29 North Franklin Street, Chagrin Falls Bookstores in Cleveland

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Before it was a cozy bookstore, Fireside Book Shop was an auto supply store with an apartment above. After being purchased in 1968, the shop underwent major renovations to become the quaint store we know and love. It may be the incredible selection of new and used books that attract you to Fireside, but it will be the adorable resident Icelandic Sheepdog, Zolla, who keeps you coming back.

MindFair

13 West College Street, Oberlin Located inside of the historic, independent store Ben Franklin, this lovely shop is surrounded by everything from health and beauty products to yarn, houseplants and office supplies. MindFair offers both new and used books in all genres at great prices in a fantastic atmosphere. You can browse their current collection online, but nothing beats a day of in-person book perusing!   

Appletree Books

12419 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights Established in 1975, Appletree Books offers an eclectic, well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. Along with finding a new favorite book, here you can also pick up locally made greeting cards, journals, letterpress cards, puzzles, bookends, candles and more!

Akron Area

The Bookseller

39 Westgate Circle, Akron If you're interested in expanding your knowledge on our amazing home region, stop by The Bookseller! While they sell hundreds of books from all disciplines and genres, they specialize in aviation, the rubber industry, and other books relating to Northeast Ohio.

The Book Store and Handmade Marketplace

109 West Washington Street, Medina Bookstores in Akron

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Not only does The Book Store sell high quality new and used books, but they are also home to over 1,000 handmade products from talented local artisans. From chocolates and literary-themed teas to original jewelry and crocheted products — you'll find an amazing item made by a member of the community! Or, if you are a budding writer, Hadleigh Rae Publishing is located in-house and has everything you need to go from an aspiring author to a published one.

The Bookshelf

831 Pearl Road, Brunswick | 105 West Liberty Street, Medina | 130 Main Street, Wadsworth Project: LEARN is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1983 and helps provide literacy assistance to individuals in Medina County by offering tutoring to adults in reading, math and English as a Second Language. To help fund the program, they opened three used bookstores around the community. These stores are located in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth and each offers a unique selection of gently used books. When you shop at The Bookshelf, not only are you getting a great deal on books, you're supporting a good cause!

Last Exit Books

124 East Main Street, Kent Bookstores in Akron Last Exit Books is the perfect place to sit back and relax. In the front of the store, grab a delicious cup of locally roasted coffee and locally baked goods. In the back, check out their huge selection of books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs and records.

Learned Owl Book Shop

204 North Main Street, Hudson For almost 50 years, the Learned Owl Book Shop has been a Hudson staple. With three floors of books for all ages and interests — from classic picture books to travel guides and New York Times bestsellers — you're sure to find the perfect book. If they happen to not have the book you're looking for, they can order it and even offer an out-of-print book search service for, especially hard-to-find books. And, for ebook lovers, you can purchase digital copies through Kobo all while supporting a local, independent business!

Canton Area

The Next Chapter

310 4th Street, Canton

This cozy shop is perfect for just hanging out. With comfy chairs to relax in, a fantastic selection of great books in any genre imaginable and adorable dog sightings, you won't ever want to leave!

Dorrie's Booktique

5551 Fulton Road, Canton Dorrie's may be a locally owned, independent shop, but their large, diverse inventory of books could rival chain stores. They sell both new and used books at unbeatable prices, as well as gifts and bookish merchandise.  

Read On!

Where is your favorite place to find books in Northeast Ohio? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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