Summer Reading Starts Here

So, here’s something I didn’t know: the loss of academic skills that occurs when school is not in session, attributed largely to the lack of reading. Yep, that’s a thing, and Scholastic publishers have unearthed some useful research on the topic that leads to an obvious conclusion – spend some of that summer fun READING! You can read the full report here (it’s fascinating), but more importantly, we can all make sure students continue to enjoy reading through the summer months. Today’s readers will become tomorrow’s leaders!

Enter THREE special events coming your way! The first happens this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., a virtual “Parents Night” brought to us by Scholastic. We have a display of the featured reads in the bookstore, and some great gift items for parents who participate. Learn more HERE. And, all the books featured will be available inside the store, or via our online shopping (click on the image below!).

We’ll follow that up with a live book signing with author Julie Packett on Saturday. Julie is the author of Science Night and we’re excited about this book and the series to come! (See event details below).

But wait, there’s more!

Angela May and Mary Alice Monroe

We’re pleased as punch to now formally announce that on Saturday, June 26th, famed NYT bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and co-author Angela May will be joining us on Hutchinson Square for an incredible Summer Reading Spectacular featuring their new middle-grade sensation, The Islanders. Learn more about the upcoming event and how to meet these incredible authors and grab signed copies of their books HERE!

We’re taking pre-orders NOW for The Islanders, so let us know via how many copies you want to reserve at a VERY special discount!

And, that morning will offer up some time for amazing local middle school students to share their own words with an open-mic session for local students! Stay tuned for details!

CONGRATS Teacher of the Week:

Teacher of the Week: Fallon Howes!

Welcome to our Teacher of the Week program, honoring our town’s great teachers! This week we’re honoring Ms. Fallon Howes from Dubose Middle School, nominated by fellow teacher and prior winner Wendy Gregg from Alston Middle School!

Said Wendy in her nomination, “Fallon is an incredibly talented woman. She taught ELA for many years and then switched to teaching art. She is kind and is always uplifting her coworkers and students. She is truly a joy to work with.”

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


MONDAY Main Street Writes

May 24 @ 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 26 @ 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 »

WEDNESDAY: 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 »

THURSDAY: 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 »

FRIDAY: Sounds on the Square Reggae Concert!

May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
across from Main Street Reads

Join the Town of Summerville and REV Federal Credit Union for the second Sounds on the Square Concert of the 2021 series, right across from Main Street Reads! These shows are sure to have people of any age off their feet and dancing, so mark your calendars and join in…Find out more »

SATURDAY Booksigning: Science Night w/Julie Packett

May 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC Google Map

Come meet local author Julie Packett and grab a signed copy of her middle grade novel, first in a series! Science Night: New year, new teacher, new classroom duty! Ms. Clarke says new experiences can be rewarding, but her fifth graders need more convincing. Julie, a shy girl, feels a downpour of emotions when assigned her role as classroom weather reporter. Does she weather the storm or do stormy days persist? Robbie, an outspoken newcomer, fears his new assignment won’t…Find out more »

Latest Book Lists to Shop and Share!

Click on each image below to access our specially curated lists. Order the books for home delivery right there, or call/email us (843-875-5171 or to reserve your book(s) for in-store pickup!

And… Summer Reading Group Faves!

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 to reserve and in-store copy!