The Bookworm is a delight of Sherwood Park and one I highly recommend you visit. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior. As you enter the doorway, you will be pleasantly surprised by the layout of a much larger interior than the external view purports. The bookstore contains a vast array of bookshelves holding every genre you can imagine - exciting displays and friendly, smiling faces wait. During my discussion with Leanne Weisgerber, bookstore owner, it is evident she has a real passion for books, reading, and the community, as a whole.
Leanne was determined to ensure The Bookworm did not close its doors, as it would have been a real literary loss to the community after 22 years. Her lifelong love of reading and the expectation of a new adventure culminated in the purchase of The Bookworm.
When I asked Leanne what benefits The Bookworm offered Sherwood Park residents, she provided the following. Books are reread and reused by adults or children rather than being discarded. (Every second hand book is cleaned prior to being put on the shelves). There are also new books from local authors. Leanne is happy to assist schools in stocking their libraries and offers a 15% discount to teachers and educators. All the prices are competitive and comparable to a download without the technical issues. Knowledgeable and friendly staff members are able to find a particular book for a customer and they keep a ‘pending’ file for customer requests.
Since taking over The Bookworm, Leanne has doubled the stock in the children’s section and there is a cozy area for children to read. There are also more shelves divided into specific genres to enable customers to find a particular type of book.
Leanne has regular events running and more are planned in the near future. Earlier in the year, there was a paper craft session every Wednesday and an author reading was held in March with Mandy Eve-Barnett reading from her new children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. A spring break event called Lego Mania invited children to bring in their Lego sets for exchange and also enjoy other activities. During the summer break, regular children’s activities were held. Be sure to check out the the web site for events. In the works - new displays of local artisans’ crafts are coming to the store in the next few months.
Be sure to visit The Bookworm and enjoy this marvelous, friendly store often. It is a treasure trove of books, conversation, and fun. The Sherwood Park Bookworm is located at 62 Athabascan Avenue in Sherwood Park and can be reached by email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 780-464-5522
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Publisher note: this post was originally posted early 2015 - be sure to check in with the Bookworm to see what's new and exciting for upcoming events and specials.