Independent Rhode Island Book Stores

[ 7 ] July 24, 2011 |

People are reading books more and more on Kindles, ipads and smartphones. The big bookseller chain, Borders is going out of business. What does this mean for books, authors, illustrators and the remaining book stores? I shudder to think. My family loves real books; holding them, touching the paper, looking at the illustrations and typefaces how they were designed and looking at the book spines lined up on our bookshelf. We love visiting and supporting our local book sellers whenever possible.

make a home libraryHere is a reminder of the independent book stores still open in Rhode Island in case you feel as we do. Please let us know of new stores opening, closing and which ones have a great selection of children’s books!

All Booked Up: 34 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich 02817
Barrington Books: 184 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
Bluewater Books and Charts: at Armchair Sailor in Newport. Closed in 2011.
Book Nook of Block Island: 4 Water, Block Island, RI 02807
Books on the Square: 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
Brown University Bookstore: 244 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906
Cellar Stories: 111 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI. 02906
Donald Magee, Newport Books: Fine and Rare Books: 581 Wapping Road, Portsmouth RI
Erika Wallington Old & Rare Books: 128 Colonial Road, Pawtucket RI 02864
Island Books: 575 East Main Road #1 Middletown, RI
Kingston Hill Bookstore: 2528 Kingston Road, Kingston, RI
Mom & Pop’s Bookshop: 239 Robinson Street, Wakefield, RI
Murder by the Book: 1645 Warwick Avenue, Suite 202, Warwick, RI 02889-1524
Myopic Books: 5 South Angell Street. Providence, RI
Other Worlds Bookstore: 57 Alexander Street,  North Providence, RI
Owl at the Bridge: 25 Berwick Lane, Cranston, RI
Symposium Books:

  • 240 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • 247 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • 224 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906

The Other Tiger Bookstore: 90 High St. #1 Westerly, RI
Twice Told Tales, Inc: 2210 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
Tyson’s Old and Rare Books: 178 Taunton Ave. East Providence, RI 02914
Velma Clinton: 109 Highview Avenue. Hope Valley, RI

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Anika Denise Anika Denise says:

    Thanks for the indie book store love, Anisa! Barrington Books is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary year this year, hooray!

    We even write a poem about our love of real books and bricks and mortar bookstores… check it out:

    Thought you’d appreciate!

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa Raoof says:

    Thanks for sharing this poem. I love it! And I agree completely.

  3. Elyse Major elyse says:

    i so agree — there is nothing like seeing images and type faces in print in books and magazines.

  4. Please don’t forget A Novel Idea Booksellers in Bristol! Owner Sue Woodman has created a lovely little children’s section in her shop on State Street, not to be missed!

  5. Anisa Raoof Anisa Raoof says:

    Kristen – Thank you for adding A Novel Idea. I have never been there. Will Gladly add it to the list!

  6. Kathleen says:

    Update: The # listed for Murder by the Book is no longer in service. Are they out of business?

  7. Thank you for this great post Anisa! As an author using an Independent Publishing company i have unfortunately lived this — the hard way! As an Intellectual Property lawyer I feel passionately that we as a culture have to realize that we have to pay for creative content — or else the people providing it won’t be able to afford to keep being writers, illustrators and artists.
    See you in the bookstore!!! (and maybe you will see my strong female protagonist fairy series The Enjella Adventures!)

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