The Book Lounge

The Book Counter
The Book Counter
The Book Lounge in Kirby Lonsdale sells new and good quality recycled books, both fiction & non-fiction.

They also support quite a number of local authors and stock their books which is always nice to see and encouraging, you can find out more information about the authors they support on their website.

The Book Lounge
12 Main Street
Kirkby Lonsdale
Carnforth
Cumbria
LA6 2AE
Tel: 015242 72319

Website: https://thebooklounge.shop
Online store: https://the-book-lounge.square.site/
Facebook: @TheBookLoungeKirkby
Twitter: @The_Book_Lounge

How did you come up with the name of your bookshop?
My husband came up with the name, The Book Lounge, which sums up exactly what the shop is. Comfy seating in front of a fire with barista made fresh coffee and homemade cake, a perfect place to spend time browsing the shelves in an atmosphere like home.

Why a bookshop? What made you want to get into bookselling?
I was a high school librarian for 13 years achieving cilip chartership in October 2013 and then taking redundancy in July 2018. Opening a bookshop seemed like a good alternative to running a library where I can still be involved with schools organising author events.

Do you sell mainly new or second-hand books?
I started by selling second-hand books only as I didn’t feel I could compete with the other large booksellers, but over the last 18 months I have started to build up a stock of new books and have recently become a member of the Booksellers Association and now sell and redeem National Book Tokens. I also sell a wide range of book themed gifts and am always looking out for new bookish gifts.

The Book Lounge
The Book Lounge

What is your favourite childhood book?
My favourite childhood book was What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge, I read all three in the series and couldn’t put them down. These books were the first books that I had enjoyed reading and started my love of books.

What is the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you?
This is a difficult one, I am regularly told how lovely my shop is with the quirky book counter, stairs and clock but I love it when they say that I am living their dream.

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