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Upcoming Events 

Where's Waldo?

JULY: Where's Waldo in Washington Depot! 

Calling all kids—young and old…..

It’s that time of year again. Waldo is back and this time he has brought his dog, Woof, with him.

Pick up a Passport at The Hickory Stick Book Shop, find Waldo in the participating local businesses and collect a store signature or stamp. He’s not always easy to find and he moves during the night so he’s never in the same spot from day to day!

Participating businesses in the Where’s Waldo Local scavenger hunt are The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Apple Tree Design Depot, Best Monogram, Green Hill Home & Garden, Huntington and Hope, J. McLaughlin, Liberty Lemonade, Litchfield Bancorp, Marty's Cafe, The Matthews Group, National Iron Bank, The Pantry, Grape in the Shade, Union Savings Bank, Washington Art Association, Washington Food Market, Washington Outdoor Living, Table Dressings, The Washington Pizza House, NuSport, Washington Health Center & Pharmacy, and Washington Supply Company.

Don’t forget to also look for Woof, Waldo’s dog, when you are in the Hickory Stick Bookshop. He’s hiding somewhere!

Plan to attend the Waldo Celebration and Prize Party at 2:00 pm on July 31 at

The Hickory Stick Bookshop.





The Phantom TollboothJuly 14th - 5PM - The Hickory Stick Children's Book Club Discusses The Phantom Tollbooth

We're starting a children's book club for ages 8-12 (and parents, too!) and we'd love for you to join us! We will be discussing The Phantom Tollbooth at our first meeting on July 14th! Just read the book and show up! Our book club is open to all and no registration is required, so please feel free to read the book and join in on the discussion! Questions? Please call 860-868-0525. Read more...







The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & CAfeJune 19th - 2PM - Author Signing with Mary Simses - The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

Come and meet author Mary Simses as she signs copies of her book, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe on Saturday, July 19th at 2pm!  Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish--to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life. Read More...






First Aid Medicine

July 20th - 2PM - Author Signing with Nicholaus Patnaude - First Aide Medicine

Nicholaus Patnaude, author of First Aide Medicine, will be signing copies of his book at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, June 20th at 2pm! Teenage love destroyed by suicide is hard to get over. Jack struggles to hold on to his dead girlfriend. At first, it is long phone calls deep into the night, reliving old memories. Then come regular sightings of her corpse. This short novel combines the sense of abandonment with the crushing sadness of betrayal and suicide. Read more...







California Neil Armstrong A Life in Flight Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Landline Queen of the Tearling


New In Paperback

Universe Hundred-Foot Journey
A Farewell to Arms
Ava Gardner
Sound and the Furry
If I Stay


Video of the Week:

"Book Nerd Problems: When Your Favorite Character Dies" by Epic Reads



Shelf Awareness for Readers