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    1.    Libraries

    Our libraries around Louisville and Kentuckiana are outstanding. We’ve been doing a feature for a while now on Louisville.com called Louisville Library Life. It’s a weekly article which features great events and local happenings at area public libraries. There are so many opportunities awaiting you at all of the libraries, all of them FREE. #1 reason why bibliophiles love Louisville-we have fantastic public library programming that improves constantly and never ceases in engaging individuals and promoting lifelong learning at every stage. Click here for a listing/search of Louisville Library Life. See each library’s heading below for access to their websites and information.

    Barr Memorial Library in Fort Knox

    Bullitt County Public Library

    Jeffersonville Township Public Library

    Louisville Free Public Library

    New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

    Oldham County Public Library

    2.   Local and independent bookstores

    In Louisville, we have two pretty prominent local and independent bookstores: Carmichael’s Bookstore and A Reader’s Corner Bookstore. Book Attic is located on Preston Highway. The Parent Teacher Store & Toys Too is a local store specializing in educational materials, and they carry mostly children’s  books as well. The Great Escape is a comic book store located in the Highlands. McQuixote Books & Coffee is a new endeavor in the Portland area. There’s also a newly launched British bookshop called Paul Wheeldon Secondhand Books that I have to check out soon, just to see what it entails. Recently they described themselves as “relaunching” as a British bookshop-what exactly does that mean? Go find out and let me know!

    3.    Literary events

    Literary events occur weekly all over the city. From author events with best-selling authors such as Carl Hiaasen (who just spoke last evening in Louisville), to authors who visit Barr Memorial Library in Fort Knox monthly and more. Author events are everywhere. You can meet local Kentucky authors such as Marie Bradby at local bookstores such as Carmichael’s Kids. There is a chance to be in contact with so many that you may not even realize it. Follow these Facebook accounts to stay up to speed on literary happenings around the city and surrounding areas.

    Carmichael’s Bookstore

    A Reader’s Corner Bookstore

    Barr Memorial Library

    Louisville Free Public Library

    New Albany-Floyd County Library

    Oldham County Public Library

    4.    Book clubs and meet-ups

    Check out this article with a fantastic listing of book clubs and where they meet. Getting involved in a book club is a great way to meet other bibliophiles who share your same literary passions.

    5.    Local coffee shops and dives where bibliophiles hang out

    Is it true that bibliophiles love to hang out in coffee shops and dives? I do. What’s your favorite place to go read a book? Here’s a good place to start:

    Heine Brothers

    Please & Thank You

    Louisville Coffee Company

    Quills Coffee

    Sister Bean’s

    Sunergos

    Vint

    Are you a bibliophile in Louisville? Tell us where you go to hang out, read, and meet other bibliophiles. Leave a comment or tweet us @louisvillecom or @loustorygal.

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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