Bookworms in Westfield will soon have a new hub.
Owner Jamie Degler plans to open her new bookstore, Turn the Page, at 149 S. Walnut St. next month. Outfitted with custom-made bookcases, Degler said she plans to have a varied children’s section featuring books for different ages. The adult section will focus on literary classics and fiction, with autobiography, cooking and other options available as well.
“It will be more of a mom-and-pop, small town-type of space,” Degler said. “My vision is to create an experience when (customers) walk through the door, a cozy, inviting, relaxation-type moment when they come in. I know books are definitely coming back on the upswing.”
Degler said she wants to offer children’s events as well as a book club. Complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available.
“I just feel like with the bookstore experience, when people come in they really want to be able to communicate with somebody and get that recommendation or your personal experience you had with a book,” she said.
In addition to selling books, Degler hopes the space will serve as an area to gather.
“It was very important to me to place the bookstore near the Westfield schools, because of course I want to be able to offer another place (students) can go and hang out,” Degler said. “I really would like it (to be) a space to not just be to come and purchase items like a retail store, but to be able to come in and have another place to go and gather socially.”
Degler previously taught at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Her husband, Mike, is a publisher.
Turn the Page will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed Mondays.