Hooray For Books is an independent children’s bookstore located on King Street in Alexandria. This charming bookstore will be celebrating their 9th year in business on June 10, 2017. We had the pleasure of sitting down with the owner Ellen Klein recently to learn more about this special store.
Hooray For Books is a staple to the Old Town community, they have free weekly story time on Friday and Saturday mornings, host authors regularly, host LOLA (love our local authors) festivals twice a year, arrange for authors to visit local schools at no charge to promote literacy, and have book clubs for children and adults. The bookstore also has ARC (advance reader copy) where kids are able to read books ahead of them being published. Ages 6 to high school can leave reviews. Ellen says she loves how honest the children are and how willing they are to give feedback. She then uses that to determine what and how many of the different books she should order for the store.
Hooray For Books doubled its size in 2015 and has now added an adult books section to the store. Ellen held a fundraiser to help with the expansion and said: “it couldn’t have been possible without our loyal customers.” She wanted the donated funds to go for items that her customers could actually see and use; one of those items being 50 new matching chairs. The chairs are set up for author visits and other events – right where her loyal customers can make good use of them.
During our chat, Ellen would pause to say hello and chat with a regular – greeting them by name. Children would bound through the door and head straight to the back knowing exactly what section of books they wanted to check out. Hooray For Books immediately makes you feel like family and with its expansion, now has something for everyone – including adults.
Their hours are Monday – Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm