Looking for a unique place to not only hide from Chicago’s elements but also enter a world of learning and discovery? Then the Book Bin in Northbrook is the place for you. This literary treasure has been a North Shore gem for 44 years and is a great family owned businesses that encourages the love of reading. Here’s why your family needs to take a trip to this quaint and cozy bookstore:
The Customer Service
The owner and staff of the Book Bin truly love books. Just chatting with them for a few minutes about your reading interests and experiences, they are able to provide you with spot on recommendations. Can’t remember the title of a book? Don’t worry. They do. Need assistance finding a right fit book for a child, grandparent, and everyone in between? They have you covered.
Knowing so much about books, the staff at the Book Bin keeps the shelves filled with not only best sellers, but also those unique titles that will keep you up late at night, devouring page after page. As a Reading Specialist I was impressed by the quality and quantity of books at all age and ability levels in the children’s section, making it the perfect place for a child to browse and find the book that best suits him or her.
The Book Bin is a happy place, plain and simple. You can tell that the staff is passionate about reading and spreading the joy that a great book will bring. A unique feature of the Book Bin is the seating area and fireplace in front of the store. I can’t imagine a more comfortable place to browse books while soaking in the warm sun. For the kids, there is a cozy reading nook in the back of the store perfect for them. There are stuffed animals, soft chairs, as well as toys and puzzles to engage with and pass the time, blissfully “unplugged.”
A Safe Place to Get to Know Books
With so many comfortable spots to look through and read books, the Book Bin is the perfect place to get your child exposed to books. As a former teacher I know how important it is so instill the love of learning early on and get books that excite and interest emerging readers into their little hands. That’s why it is so important to frequent small and independent bookstores like the Book Bin where the staff will take the time to help you find the perfect book and will keep you coming back for more tips and suggestions.
Be sure to check out the e-newsletter and calendar to find out when the Book Bin is hosting their popular book readings and signings. The staff also collaborates with other businesses, such as the nearby Sunset Foods for events, as well as local school and nonprofit organizations for “Shop and Share Days.”
When you shop small, you are investing in your community and ensuring that small businesses have a place and importance in the area. Big retailers such as Amazon will give you book suggestions based on key words, but when you visit the book lovers at stores such as the Book Bin, they use their knowledge and experience to ask you the right questions to find exactly what you need…no key words needed. You can browse through the books in your very own hands and ensure that your purchase is exactly what you need. And if it isn’t? The Book Bin has a customer friendly exchange policy.
Looking for some book suggestions? Then check out our Ultimate Book List.