As an animal lover and author, this Fourth of July I find myself thinking of two great loves – pets and books. With the summer beach reading season upon us, I thought it would be fun to celebrate bookstores who welcome animals. If you know a pet friendly bookstore, let me know. I will compile a list and publish it on this blog in the future.
A great bookstore is a wonderful gift to a community. It is a place of learning, exploration and discovery. It is also a place for us to gather as and celebrate community. Since pets transform our lives it makes sense that well-behaved animals be part of the social experience of bookstores. When we return home with a new book, I submit there is nothing more tranquil than having a cat in my lap while I open the first page. So, let’s create a list of all the great bookstores who welcome animals! I will start the list with:
Changing Hands, Tempe, Arizona
Bookends, Kailua, Hawaii
Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, Minnesota
HearthFire Books, Evergreen, Colorado
Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Next Page Bookstore & Tea Bar, Frisco, Colorado