Bookshop throws 55th birthday bash - The Leamington Observer

Bookshop throws 55th birthday bash

Leamington Editorial 7th May, 2023   0

A BOOKSHOP in Kenilworth celebrating its 55th anniversary with a special party.

Kenilworth Books, based in Talisman Shopping Centre, has been at the heart of the town since May 1968.

And on Sunday, May 21, the shop will open its doors between 11am and 3pm for a party, complete with face painting, musicians and, in a typically quirky twist, a visit from some friendly alpacas.

The shop was opened first by Norman Stevens, but is now owned and managed by Judy Brook who bought the shop in 2014.

Judy is also known in the town for her work supporting Kenilworth Arts Festival, and helping to build the community group Friends of Talisman Square – which has led to the shopping area being transformed into a bee-friendly haven of flowers.

She said: “Running Kenilworth Books has been a rewarding and extraordinary experience – it really is so much more than just a shop; there’s something about it that embodies the whole community spirit of Kenilworth as a town.

“The bookshop has become a focal point for community energy.

“Although the digital world is growing all the time, nothing replaces the experience of coming into a bookshop and picking up a book. There’s still something very special about being able to browse, chat about recommendations and join in events with authors and illustrators.”


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