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11 Independent Bookstores Throughout Westchester County

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Calling all bookworms! Here’s your guide to local bookstores in Westchester County where you can browse, read, and talk books.

Fall is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a good book (and perhaps some hot cocoa). Luckily, Westchester has a handful of unique independent bookstores stocked with every genre you can imagine. Browse these cozy shops for a must-read classic or grab the latest best-seller and be careful not to get lost in the pages.

The Village Bookstore

10 Washington Ave, Pleasantville; 914.769.8322

This family-owned bookstore features hand-selected books, cards, journals, and other miscellaneous gifts. The shelves hold over 10,000 books, including genres like history, poetry, cooking, and so much more. The shop also supports the community by featuring local authors.

Transom Bookshop

23 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.848.4332

Main Street in Tarrytown is stocked with local goods, delicious eats, and gems like Transom Bookshop. The owner, Chris Steib, shares on his website that the bookshop was planned, designed, and renovated over the span of five months in mid-2021. It’s apparent that Stein poured his love for reading, learning, and words into his store to share with his customers.

 

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Bronx River Books

37 Spencer Place, Scarsdale; 914.420.6396

Bronx River Books offers a selection of over 17,000 of books. Jump on its website to see a list of indie bestsellers, an indie next list, and a kids indie next list.

 

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Scattered Books

29 King St, Chappaqua; 914.529.8013

Scattered Books is located within an antique house in Chappaqua. The store is a family-owned and -operated business that offers a variety of books for both adults and children as well as gifts and author signings.

 

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Bruised Apple

923 Central Ave, Peekskill; 913.734.7000

Take a step back in time and browse Bruised Apple’s impressive collection of old-school reads. The shop has been buying, selling, and trading used, out of print, and rare books since 1993.

 

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Galápagos Books

22 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.2501

This independent, family-owned bookstore has been running since 1987, and the owner, Amada Abad, has been with the store since the start. The store offers a range of genres, including foreign language books, bestsellers, and teen novels.

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Picture Book

145 Palisade St, Dobbs Ferry

Picture Book is a top place to buy, you guessed it, a picture book! Browse the carefully curated collection of children’s books on your own or, better yet, with the little ones in tow. Plus, there’s also a selection of adult books for sale, including bestsellers and cookbooks.

 

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Arcade Booksellers

9 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye; 914.967.0966

Patrick Corcoran has owned and operated Arcade Booksellers for over 30 years. If you’re searching for a juicy novel or Christmas present but not sure where to start, head over to Arcade Booksellers. Corcoran provides his customers with top-notch recommendations and, if you don’t live in the county, he’ll ship to you!

 

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Womrath Bookshop

76 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.337.0199

On the stands at Womrath Bookshop, you’ll find popular titles, staff favorites, and a large selection of children’s books. Be on the lookout for the bookstore’s fall events.

 

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By-the-Dam Books

4 Old Post Rd, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.274.5888

This quaint bookstore opened its doors back in November 2021. It stocks a thoughtful collection of books, with something available for readers of all interests. Stop in to check out the spooky classics throughout autumn in Westchester.

 

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Hudson Valley Books for Humanity

67 Central Ave, Ossining; 914.847.0773

The bookstores owner Amy got the idea for her store when she was going through old family bookcases. She believed those books could be given a second life. Amy puts the voices of women, People of Color, and other marginalized communities right at the front. The store also holds kids readings, music events, yoga classes, and other events.

Coming Soon…

Sleepy Hollow Bookshop

95 Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow; 

Coming this fall to Sleepy Hollow is a new children’s and young adult bookstore and coffee shop. Get ready to treat yourself to a cup of coffee and browse the incoming collection of graphic novels, comic books, Spanish language books, and much more.

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