There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book after a long day—but unfortunately the number of local book stores keeps getting smaller. Luckily, there are still several independent Long Island book stores where you can find all of the literature that you’re looking for.
Indie Long Island Book Stores for Every Kind of Reader
Turn of the Corkscrew, Books and Wine
Turn of the Corkscrew, located in the heart of Rockville Centre, is a one-of-a-kind modern book store experience. Unlike most other places, Turn of the Corkscrew feels more like a busy bar than a quiet library since it combines books with alcohol.
Here, you will be able to look through shelves of books while sipping on a glass of wine or pint of cold craft beer. Not only do they have an extensive list of wines and beers, they also have plenty of delicious snacks like:
- Grilled Muenster Cheese Panini
- Variety Cheese Platter with Crackers
- Spinach Dip with Raw Vegetables and Baguette
- Soft Pretzel
If you’re looking for a gift for the book lover in your life, Turn of the Corkscrew also sells candles, bookmarks, literary t-shirts and canvas bags. This book store is no stranger to events either. They regularly host authors for signings and readings. You can find the entire schedule here.
Family owned and operated since 1977, Book Revue, found in the village of Huntington, is Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, which sells new, used, school, signed, rare and discounted books. In fact, at 17,500 square feet, it’s one of the biggest independents in the country.
It’s entirely possible to spend a day getting lost in Book Revue’s endless stacks of books. It has hosted tons of famous authors from every genre, including:
- Rachael Ray
- President Donald Trump
- Yogi Berra
- Jon Stewart
- Jodi Picoult
They have lots of events for adults and children that enjoy talking about and experiencing books with others. You can learn all about those programs here.
Dolphin Bookshop, which has been around since 1946, is a unique, little neighborhood gem located on the waterfront of Port Washington. Whether you’re looking for a new book or just a quiet place to get some reading done, Dolphin has you covered.
They regularly host events such as kids’ programs, book club meetings, fundraisers, poetry readings and book signings that attract famous authors, like J.K. Rowling. Also, on Friday nights at 7 pm, you can visit Dolphin Bookshop’s café to enjoy a drink, a snack and a live acoustic performance.
Forget about nationwide chains like Barnes & Noble, support local small businesses by paying a visit to one of these three independent Long Island book stores.