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LizzLoves Paperback Exchange in Belmar July 8, 2013

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Paperback Exchange, Belmar NJAs I’ve been settling into my new home in central Jersey, near the beach, many family memories have been floating into my mind. One fond one I have is an image of my mom cozied up in a beach chair, with a towel as a blanket. She is happily devouring a paperback novel, with her toes wiggling in the sand.

 

To this day, when I pick up an old paperback book, the smell of the pages reminds me of those summers at the beach with my family. So, it’s no wonder that, when I recently came across Paper Exchange in Belmar, NJ, I was instantly taken back to my childhood. This adorable shop—tucked into a little plaza in this shore community—not only sells used books at a healthy discount, but it also allows customers to trade in their used books for store credit.

 

If you’re a book worm like me, then just walking into this place will bring a smile to your face. The owner, Sharon, is ready with an inviting face and a helping hand. She knows the store like the back of her hand and can easily help you find a book if she has it. From YA novels and children’s books, to classics, thrillers and chick lit, this floor-to-ceiling collection has it all!

 

So, if you’re planning on hitting the Jersey Shore this summer, then make sure you add a visit to this spot to your list of things to bring to the beach:

  • Sunscreen (check!)
  • Chair & umbrella (check!)
  • Snacks (check!)
  • An fun read from Paperback Exchange…(check!)

 

Take my word for it: leave the iPad at home and take it back to the old school with an actual book 🙂 Plus, it can’t hurt to support a local store that has been in the community since the ’80s!

Happy summer reading! 

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LizzLoves Natsuko Garcia October 6, 2010

I was perusing the WNYC Radio website yesterday when I came across their section “Know Your Neighbor” which featured the story of an amazing young Japanese woman in Brooklyn, NY named Natsuko Garcia. When Natsuko discovered that the children in her Japanese community in Bay Ridge didn’t have access to books in their native language, she decided to build that resource for them: in her one-bedroom apartment. Natsuko has opened her home-turned-library to little bookworms in her neighborhood. Watch the video for a tour of the homemade library and its pint-sized fans.

Thanks, Natsuko, for enriching our youth with culture and education!