Dear Book Lovers, Storybook Cove Supporters, Community Friends, Neighbors . . .
Storybook Cove is an independent bookstore and long-time member of the greater Hanover/Norwell south shore community from Quincy to Plymouth. Storybook Cove identifies as we/us/our – a community -- collectively representing Janet, Joey, Kendra, Joanne, Ed, the other staff members over the years and all of you, our wonderful customers and supporters. We love books, providing customer service, and curating our shelves with unique and special children’s books and a lot of grown-up books too! We turn 30 in November and are working hard to survive this covid-19 pandemic with and for you.
Our sales have certainly been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic and remain down over 50 percent. As those of you who have ventured back to in-store shopping at Storybook Cove (you gladly sanitize, wear masks, keep your distance) know, we have to limit the number of people who can be in our store at any one time. Also, we do understand that many of you have felt more comfortable shopping from home and have ordered online or by phone for shipping or curbside pick-up. However, there is no question that we need more customers in order to make sure that Storybook Cove does not become a work of fiction remembered with fondness. This is your call to action because what happens in the months ahead will be crucial for our survival.
We need you to SHOP OUR SHELVES. We have so many books to sell you and we have wonderful booksellers to assist you -- the only thing we need is for you to do the shopping. We need you to get out the WORD to ALL of your families and friends to SHOP STORYBOOK COVE, follow us on facebook at storybookcove, on Instagram at storybookcove, on twitter at storybookcove, and on our webpage at storybookcove.com.
We have come up with creative ways for WHEN and HOW you can SHOP OUR SHELVES!
We’re encouraging all of you to SHOP OUR SHELVES NOW. Early shopping is particularly important this year because of expected high demand for popular titles and increased potential for supply chain disruptions and delayed inventory shipments. You may have already noticed on our website, Instagram posts and facebook page the motto “October is the New December” which we are adopting along with independent bookstores and retailers across the country. Please take our message to heart!
YOU COME SHOP OUR SHELVES:
Our regular in-store shopping hours are:
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Curbside pick-up hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
We will have “shop by appointment” times so that those of you who just need some one-on-one time can do so safely in person or on the phone.
They are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
LINK to DETAILS and to SCHEDULE a time!
WE BRING OUR SHELVES TO YOU:
We’re offering new SERVICES that will let us do what we do well as booksellers -- match the perfect books on our shelves to the person who will love it most.
If you purchase for yourself or someone you love a KID’S or ADULT’S “Books from the Cove” Subscription or a by Theme “From Our Shelves Book Bundle” for Adults, Infants thru Pre-School, Kids & Tweens, and/or Teens, you will be letting us "shop the shelves" for you so that we can ship out or you can pick-up some awesome, hand-picked books without the delay of waiting for orders to come from publishers and suppliers. Give a multiple month subscription box and one gift becomes three or six gifts! LINK to BOOKS from the COVE Subscription Boxes LINK to From Our Shelves BOOK BUNDLES
We will continue to work to timely process online orders through this website. PLEASE note a title’s availability [on our shelf; Not in Store - Usually Ships in 2-7 Days from Warehouse]. Again, the earlier you place your orders, the better. Due to fulfillment challenges & shipping delays, we recommend the following deadlines if you want your orders of specific titles to arrive in time for the holidays: Hanukkah: November 15; Christmas & Kwanzaa: November 30. Please understand that we may run out of certain titles. Know that we are working as hard as we can to get you your orders in time for the holidays, but so much is out of our hands this year. We will do our best to communicate with you quickly & honestly when we expect delays.
Storybook Cove is committed to providing you the best products and services we can through and beyond the covid-19 crisis! We are asking you to consider the fact that where we all spend our money in these final days of 2020 may very well determine the community we find ourselves in come 2021. We do not want to imagine one that has no Storybook Cove in it – we hope you feel the same!
Thank you – thank you – thank you for your support over the past 30 years and especially in these challenging times. Let’s all join together to make the upcoming holidays as INDEPENDENT, JOYOUS and SAFE as possible.
Janet Bibeau (owner) and Joey, Kendra, and Joanne