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The Doylestown Bookshop Preserves the Legacy of Independent Bookstores

By Kelly Church

Somewhere in Doylestown, PA is a bookstore representing the city motto: "Preserving the past, embracing the future!" The Doylestown Bookshop is veering from mainstream corporations by upholding the legacy of independent bookstores.

The spot has seen its fair share of owners over the years, originally the Village Green Book Store, then purchased by an employee and renamed The Doylestown Bookshop 18 years ago, before being bought by current Owner Glenda Childs three and a half years ago. Childs', a longtime employee in the education system, pursued her lifelong dream of owning a bookstore with The Doylestown Bookshop, promoting new and big-name authors alongside independent authors.

"[I] bought the bookshop three and a half years ago and [am] thrilled to continue the literary tradition that was started here and continues throughout the store," Childs says. "We always have well-known and popular authors in stock but also pride ourselves in supporting more than 100 local independently published authors."

Located in downtown Doylestown, Childs says the bookshop sits in the midst of other locally-owned businesses supporting the culture of keeping the town history alive as the they head into the future. According to Childs, the staff of The Doylestown Bookshop has many duties, but their favorite is that of bookseller.

"We are the largest bookstore in Bucks County with over 8,000 square feet of inventory," Childs says. "We love to introduce our customers to books they may not have known about. One of the features our customers enjoy is our staff picks wall. Each staff member features a shelf of their favorite books with short descriptions of each book. We have a diverse staff, so we cover many genres."

The Doylestown Bookshop also hosts more than 100 events each year, with seven book clubs meeting monthly at the storefront. Regular events include: poetry night, open mic night and local poetry readings. Throughout the year there are author book signings, workshops, musical events and off-site events that draw between 500 and 1,5000 attendees.

"We also work with multiple school districts in bringing authors into their schools which further fulfills our mission of bringing literacy to the community," Krisy Paredes, Director of Marketing and Events for The Doylestown Bookshop says.

Recently, The Doylestown Bookshop hosted Judy Blume at Lenape Middle School, filling every single seat in the auditorium. Paredes says Blume stayed after the event, met every fan and signed every book put in front of her. Events like these are how Childs keeps active in the community, preserving the feel and impact of locally owned bookstores in the area.

"We enjoy our role as a gathering place in the community," Childs says. "We are so grateful for our customers and we love being a part of the community."

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