Local bookstore moves to new, bigger location

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By Lee Einer

“It’s bigger, and people are appreciating the roominess” said Nancy Colalillo, owner of Tome on the Range.

It’s no surprise. Tome on the Range relocated to much roomier digs last Friday, and the new space, at 158 Bridge Street, is not just bigger, it’s better.

The first improvement is in used books. Tome on the Range specialized in new books, with its sister store, Second Tome Around, focusing on used books. But Second Tome Around closed last year.

Now, with the new, expanded space, Tome on the Range’s entire west wall is dedicated to used books.

In back of the store, there is a separate area for kids — it is decorated in bright and happy colors, with plenty of children’s books.

Towards the back of the main store area, there is a small stage. “That’s where we will have Story Time,” Colalillo said, “and we’ll be working with the Nat Gold Players to host some of their productions also.”

The coffee, tea and pastries which graced the old Second Tome Around are gone, and Colalillo says they won’t becoming back. But the excellent service for which the store is known lives on. If what you are looking for is not in stock, fear not; the Tome on the Range does special orders and even out-of-print orders if you are looking for something hard to find.

In addition to selling books, the Tome on the Range hosts a variety of free events; Saturdays for Children, which is for children four through eight and which featuring stories, crafts and refreshments; The Brown Bag Book Club, a discussion group for adults 18 and over; and the Mother-Daughter Book Club, for mothers and their daughters age twelve through fifteen, are three of the regular events offered.

Tome on the Range is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Tome on the Range is closed on Sundays.