Let your imagination and wildest curiosities aimlessly wander the aisles of a fabulous little used bookstore in East Chatham, New York. The Librarium. Love this place. It's easy to miss if you're not looking for it, seeing as how it's kinda out in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful, but still, honestly...middle of nowhere...nestled between the Hudson Valley and Berkshire mountains in upper NY state.
The large, lovely house is about an hour's drive north of Poughkeepsie and definitely worth the effort. Among the numerous and various treasures I found a gorgeous copy of Ivanhoe. Decorative printed cover, paper from another era and ink printed depictions of different story elements. Pretty, pretty, pretty. I can already feel myself slipping back in time, almost two hundred years, while reading it. I can't wait for the perfect rainy weekend to sit by my fireplace and absorb every word.
Two modern-day novels, one mystery and one literary fiction as well as an old Scottish verse novella also jumped out at me. Sci-fi, westerns, biography, cookbooks, sports, American history, historical world events and promises of things to come, that potentially have or have not passed, are all other subjects covered in this gem of a store. Many books on horses, African-American history, chess, golf and gardening also beckoned me. Alas, I only have so much room in my car.
One detail worth noting are the hours. A sign on the door literally reads, "Open most days 11-5pm by chance. (Whenever the 'Open' sign is on the porch just come right in!) Or by appointment...call (518) 392-5209." Look for the road signs, leading you to the old blue house.
Librarium Bookstore, May 2014
Cash and credit are acceptable forms of payment. If you're searching for a hard-to-find or unique book but, unfortunately, don't find yourself in this breathtakingly beautiful part of the country, email them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also worth noting, books are crazy affordable. Love their prices.
126 Black Bridge Road II, East Chatham, NY 10260
(518) 392-5209Don't wait for someone else to light your fire, seek out your own match and engage in a world that's right for you. Fiction feeds your imagination, non-fiction broadens understanding and perspective and historical tellings offer the chance to figure out how you fit into the world and where.
Librarium bookstore offers all these options in a fun, relaxing setting. You can even sit outside on their lovely, lush green, front lawn and enjoy lounging in the sun, in their Adirondack chairs, while you read your bounty.
Be kind to yourself. People often try their hardest to tell you how to think and act, but inside the pages of a book, you control your own interpretation of the world. Seize that opportunity. Become the individual you are meant to be. The world needs the authentic you.