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November 26, 2007

Farewell to A Likely Story

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It's with real sadness that I share this news about my own neighborhood institution and one of the best independent businesses serving families in the DC area for the past 20 years...

As of last Wednesday, November 21, A Likely Story children's bookstore in Old Town Alexandria has closed for good. I can't even begin to say how much they will be missed - by me and my daughter, our neighbors and friends, and so many of you who have been customers over the years.

Former A Likely Story owner (and new mom) Dinah Paul made one last appearance on local public radio's annual "Winter Reading" program before Thanksgiving. To hear the program or get a transcript with Dinah's recommendations for children's and family reading this season, click here.

THANK YOU to Dinah and the ALS staff for bringing storytimes, friendly faces, and great books into our lives - We miss you already!

Parents: As tempting as Amazon.com and other big-chain corporate booksellers may be, if you value local bricks-and-mortar independent bookstores and what they uniquely contribute to children's lives, please consider supporting these businesses with your holiday shopping. For children's and young adult books, I particularly recommend Aladdin's Lamp in Falls Church (2499 N Harrison St., in the lower level/basement space of the strip center mall next to Harris Teeter); Politics & Prose in upper NW/Chevy Chase, DC; and any of the area Olsson's locations.

Posted by Sarah at 11:49 AM.