Lots More May Reads and Events Coming Your Way!

Halfway through May and lots more to come this month! But first, a bit of current news. Our thanks to Deborah Clark Vance for her great Book Launch talk on Thursday evening. If you missed it, you can catch the YouTube video here: And our thanks to Eileen Sanchez and Mark Epstein for spending their Saturday morning at Main Street Reads with us. Authors rock!

Read on for upcoming events, summer reading group recommendations and news on mask mandates…

MONDAY Main Street Writes

May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
NOTE: WE WILL MEET VIRTUALLY UNTIL THE GROUP DECIDES TO RESUME LIVE MEETINGS AT THE STORE! For the inner writer in all of us, our regular Monday evening writers group that’s growing every week! Come on out any/every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and bring a few pages with you to share with fellow scribes, or just listen in and learn! Anyone wanting to join in via Zoom, use the following credentials: Find out more »

WEDNESDAY Stories on the Square!

May 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC Google Map

Colleen is now officially on maternity leave! Substituting in her place will be Main Street Reads’ own Ashley Bohinc! Join us every WEDNESDAY morning at 9:30 a.m. for “Stories on the Square, our outdoor storytime adventure  – kids of all ages welcome! Treats served and student discounts to ALL attendees! Storytime at Main Street Reads has become one of our featured events, held outside to ensure proper social distancing. We have lots of chairs for younger listeners, hoola-hoops for distancing…Find out more »

Third THURSDAY: Music and Fun for All!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC Google Map

THIS MONTH: “SUMMERVILLE IN ART” is the theme… we’ll offer up some BOOK THEMED ART and art books for visiting readers! On the third Thursday of each month Historic Downtown Summerville transforms into a special marketplace featuring local entertainment, craft vendors and artisans, to complement the extended hours of eclectic shops, boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy partying out on the square, sales and treats at Main Street Reads, and singer/ songwriter/guitarist Mike Kaltofen keeping the vibe cool and festive as we…Find out more »


Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading!

May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.

School’s out! At Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading, a virtual panel of Scholastic authors, education experts, and booksellers will give tips and book recommendations that will keep kids excited to read all summer long! Be sure to tune in for: A book recommendation speed-round with an indie bookseller – Ask for recommendations based on your child’s likes and needs! Interviews with beloved authors Varian Johnson (Twins and The Parker Inheritance) and Kelly Yang (The Front Desk series)…Find out more »

Pulpwood Queens Bookclub: When the Stars Go Dark

May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC Google Map

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (in-store purchases are eligible for the 10% bookclub discount). From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal? ” absolutely incredible literary thriller.”–Good Morning America online “A powerhouse of a novel…Find out more »

CONGRATS Teacher of the Week:

We’re proud that there are several teachers we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks for our Teacher of the Week program. This week we’re honoring Ms. Erin Cox from Dubose Middle School, nominated by fellow teacher Amanda Birchmeier!

Said Amanda in her nomination, “Erin is always helping her students and colleagues reach their full potential. She is always looking for fun, innovative ways to engage her students in the classroom!”

From all of us at Main Street Reads, THANK YOU for everything you do!

To Mask or Not to Mask:
That Is the Question

If I could not hear the words mask, Covid or vaccine on any single day, I’d be a happy camper. But a heads-up – yes, the CDC changed its recommended guidelines this week and is saying VACCINATED customers can shop indoors w/out their masks. There’s nothing I’d like better (the mask seriously fogs up my glasses!) but not so fast.

Our staff is NEARLY all vaccinated, but not quite (We’ll be at 100% by June 5th). Until then, to keep you and our wonderful booksellers safe, we’re going to continue to ask you to wear masks inside the store. After that date, we can invite vaccinated customers to be inside without their masks, if they so choose. We’ll request that non-vaccinated folks keep their masks up to protect themselves and fellow non-vaxxed readers.

We’re also giving out free wristbands to those who want to proudly proclaim “I got my vaccine to beat Covid-19.” We have them in men’s and women’s sizes, in blue and white – stop by and pick one up!

Summer Reading Group?

Click on any of the images below to learn more about these stunning summer selections! They can be ordered right from our bookshop page, or contact us at 843-875-5171 or mainstreetreads@gmail.com to reserve and in-store copy!

Latest Gifts for Grads Reads!