Blogged by: Norton Plaza 26 Jul 2016 View comments
Meet Laurian at Berkelouw Books
Blogged by: Norton Plaza 26 Jul 2016 View comments
As a child libraries and bookstores were my refuge.  I would spend hours flipping through large frame art books filled with paintings of far off places, exotic birds while I made promises to myself to see all of the places I saw in the books.  As a teenager, I would find the Hemingway and Salinger first editions and hide away inhaling the old pages and dreaming of my wedding to Holden Caulfield.  Not much has changed, I still love large frame art books and I’m still waiting for Holden to sweep me off my feet, I have however travelled to many exotic places and have met many exotic birds.

I come from a long line of bookstore enthusiasts.  My father retired young, a successful economist left the city to build a ranch in Missouri became bored with the quiet life and began volunteering at his local bookshop.  He spent his volunteer hours stealing the new releases and hiding between the stacks to read them.  They eventually asked him to stop volunteering.

All of these memories coming back to me when I walk into Berkelouw Leichhardt.  The high ceilings, old books and well-read staff feel like my a forgotten childhood home.

I meet with Laurian, the passionate manager of Berkelouw.  She first shows me The Reading Studio, a large wooden panelled room filled with children’s books, toys and a rocking chair.  I want to move in.  Laurian explains that the room is used to provide literature and literacy concepts to young children to aim for greater academic success.  Read their The Reading Room’s philosophy here and check their program and timetable here.

The events don’t stop at children, there are events for all ages (think: book signings, lectures etc.) plus every Tuesday bring your old books to sell!

Berkelouw, the best bookshop in the Inner West specializes in children’s books, out of print books and new Australian voices.  In the two-story shop, you’ll also find the old classics, gifts and more.  It’s welcoming, the staff are always there to find you your perfect next read and they always encourage hours of flipping through large frame art books.

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