RJ Julia Booksellers is now open from 10am-8pm Monday through Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. Please come in for socially-distant browsing! Masks or face coverings are required while in the store and we request that all customers maintain social distancing standards and observe directional markings and signage. It is possible that if the store reaches capacity, there may be a brief wait to enter the building. Thank you for your assistance in keeping both your fellow book lovers and our dedicated staff safe.
This holiday season is crucial for bookstores weathering the financial challenges of 2020, but you can make the choice to shop local. Please allow us to reinforce the conversation that we have had over the years about the impact of shopping local. As you can imagine, this year, more than ever, it matters. Small local businesses remain tied to their communities, employ local people, spend local dollars, and prosper and thrive in tandem with their community. As you begin your holiday shopping, please keep this in mind.
The holiday shopping season can be stressful and hectic. Why not start your shopping early? For one, we could all use the distraction of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose...
Consider our booksellers your literary, learned concierges. We are always available to assist:
RJ Julia Booksellers is now open from 10am-5pm seven days a week and 10am-8pm on Thursdays. Please come in for socially-distant browsing! Masks or face coverings are required while in the store and we request that all customers maintain social distancing standards and observe directional markings and signage. Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore!
The staff has worked hard to rearrange the store to meet all safety protocols. We have large sneeze guards at all registers, hand sanitizer everywhere, and masks for you and our staff. We will limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time. Our merchandising team has orchestrated a genius refined layout to accommodate social distancing, but of course we still have tons to entice and charm you.
Each of us has different levels of comfort so therefore we have every which way for you to get the books you must read, the gifts you must get, and the browsing you must do.
As we embark on yet another new normal, it is gratitude we have first and foremost. Your support and loyalty over these months has been critical, appreciated, and heartwarming. We are all tiptoeing into the future. The level of uncertainty and the enormity of the losses can feel overwhelming. With your commitment and enthusiasm, we will move through this. As always, we have ideas for books to help you cope, learn, and be entertained. In the meantime, we miss you and can't wait to see you!
With your help, we're making free books available to children and families throughout New Haven and Bridgeport. We've partnered with Read to Grow to distribute books in both cities at school lunch pickups and food pantries. You can learn more, share a gift, or get involved here. Thanks to Publisher's Weekly for this great feature about the program!
We have created a dynamic schedule of videos, posts, and newsletters that share our current and favorite staff suggestions, recommendations for books that respond to your mood of the moment, and storytelling and activities for children—stay tuned for details and be sure to follow us on social media so you don't miss a thing: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.
We have cancelled all in-store events but be sure to check out our Virtual Events Schedule! If you purchased tickets to an event, you will receive an additional communication with further details specific to that event.
Of course, our store is being disinfected daily by cleaning services, as well as hourly by our staff. Staff is following CDC requirements regarding handwashing and hygiene. Our staff members will NOT come to work if they’re ill, and we ask that you refrain from visiting us in person to pick up orders if you are ill.
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Candlewick Press has published free, downloadable books for children to help explain Coronavirus.
“An elegant, effective work. Download this now, read it immediately, share it with everyone you know.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.
The creators of the New York Times-bestselling series The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham - have created a child-friendly coronavirus public service announcement called The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus. In Shannon's own words:
“LeUyen, Dean, and I are all parents self-isolating at home with our children. The anxiety and distancing is hard enough on our older kids, but we know that younger kids might be having an even harder time. We hoped that it’d help if a familiar book friend like the Princess in Black talked them through it. Even the Princess in Black is staying home! Even Princess Sneezewort had to cancel playdates! LeUyen had the idea of creating a short comic to download and share widely so caregivers could have an extra tool for talking to kids. Our goal is both to help kids understand what’s going on and to help them feel less alone.”