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Our Response to Covid-19

Update: May 20, 2020

Thank you all for your continued support! In regards to reopening, the staff at RJ Julia Booksellers and Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore are currently undergoing extensive planning to ensure the ongoing safety of our staff, and eventually, YOU! during your next visit to the store. Therefore, we will not be opening today (May 20, 2020) as many retail locations are, but we will be opening very, very soon! Please stay tuned for further details. 
We cannot wait to welcome you into our stores once again! In the meantime, as ever, we are available 24/7 at and, we offer shipping for a nominal fee and/or curbside pickup during our business hours, and we’ll happily make book and gift recommendations by phone or email. Stay safe and happy reading!

If we look outside, the world looks the same: beautiful blue sky, spring showing up in daffodils and buds, and a sense of renewal. But as we know for the moment, nothing is the same—every day brings a new normal. Here is our current normal:

We are open "virtually" from 12am-5pm, Tuesday thru Sunday. You will be able to place orders online, by phone, or text. With a sense of the surreal and with sadness we will not be open for browsing until further notice. Please see below for more details.

We are here to help and we know we can count on your support and good wishes. Stay healthy and stay in touch. 

Thank you. 

Curbside Pickup and Car Delivery

We’ll deliver your purchase to you at the front door or in your vehicle, whichever you prefer. Place your order online or with a bookseller (by phone or text), then text/call us upon your arrival (please mention your vehicle details!) and we’ll run out. Booksellers are ready to chat and answer inquiries by phone, text message, or e-mail.

Pitching In!

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!

Staying Social (Distancing)

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.

Stay Informed

We provide updates through our mailing list. Feel free to subscribe below or check out our most recent newsletters.

Additional Resources

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.”