Literacy Lab Open Now! Bookstore Opening in Spring, 2021
Located at 555 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Severna Park, MD 21146
Your Community Bookstore & Literacy Collaboratory
Park Books & LitCoLab is open in Severna Park Village
Monday through Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 8ish p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We are an independently owned bookstore, located just across the street from the B & A trail. The store was established in May, 2021 and carries new titles in all the major genres. Come for the books and stay for the conversation, atmosphere, author events, Storytime and other community events that promote literacy! Our mission is to curate a collection of books with representation and inclusion in mind.
The LitCoLab (embedded in the store) offers book clubs, literacy assessments, small group reading instruction, writing workshops and we collaborate with other teaching professionals to provide awesome global literacy skills! Check out our partnered summer programming!
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Park Books & LitCoLab offers Certified Reading Specialist/Special Educators to work with small groups for specialized and individualized instruction. Our focus is on growing readers at all levels and fostering a love of reading.
We offer a range of services to help you achieve the results you are after. Whether your child is struggling in school, is excelling and would benefit from supplementation, is disengaged in reading, has poor decoding skills, or poor comprehension, we offer a large variety of programs to meet your reader’s needs.
Our reading and writing recovery programs are designed to support learners who have been impacted by the loss of in-person learning.
Upcoming Author Events
NYT Best Selling Author, Valerie Contantine, part of the writing duo that The Last Mrs. Parrish, is back with another amazing thriller and will be here to chat about it!
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, and The Wife Stalker. Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 27 languages, are available in 32 countries and are in development for television and film. Lynne lives in Milford, Connecticut, and Valerie in Annapolis, Maryland. For more on their writing, visit: https://livconstantine.com/
Valerie Constantine will visit for an in person event here at Park Books on Thursday, August 5, 2021. We will host a Q & A about her new book and she will be signing! Pre-orders are recommended and please RSVP at our Facebook event here. Valerie will also join us for our August book club! We are reading The Stranger in the Mirror, and will be discussing on August 26, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Erika Robuck is the national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, The House of Hawthorne, and Receive Me Falling. She is a contributor to the anthology Grand Central: Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion, and to the Writer’s Digest Essay Collection, Author in Progress. She writes satire (#Hockeystrong) as E. Robuck.
Erika will visit Park Books to discuss and sign her latest novel, The Invisible Woman. This gripping piece of historical fiction is about a real-life superwoman of WWII, OSS/SOE agent Virginia Hall.
Reading, Q & A, & Signing to be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. Erika will return on Thursday, September 30th to participate in our monthly bookclub!
A huge thank you from Park Books to Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Cursebreaker series (and a bunch of others) for spending an afternoon here signing books. Brigid signed some additional books for readers who could not make it out! Remember, Brigid’s new novel, Defy the Night, is available for preorder as well. As Brigid is a friend to the store, we are able to offer personalization! If you would like your book personalized, please make a note in the comment box on the ordering page!
Defy theNight will be available and shipped on September 14, 2021.
Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Children’s Literature, Local Authors and many more!
Literacy Experts & Teachers
Providing leveled reading recommendations to our customers’ interests!
Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s Lit, YA and local interests.
Book related gifts, stationary, puzzles, crafts, games, and items by your favorite local artisans.
Community Meeting Place
The store will offer community meeeting rooms for community book clubs, parties and meetings.
What is the LitCoLab?
Our LitCoLab is a bit different than a traditional tutoring center. Our goal is to help readers be the best they can be–how we get there may be different.
We have skilled K-12 reading specialists, special educators and talented teachers who will assess to determine your reader’s strengths and weaknesses and help answer any of your questions. Upon understanding your child’s individualized needs, we use research and evidenced based interventions to grow your reader into an engaged, passionate and wholly literate person. You will not find homework help or general subject tutoring, but what you will find are caring educators committed to creating independent learners who will have greater success in school and increased opportunities in life!
We also collaborate with other subject matter experts to provide math, foreign language, cultural, and financial literacies workshops on a regular bases. Please check out calendar of events.
“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”
Certified Reading Specialists will evaluate your child and provide an informal report or complete comprehensive diagnostic report. Some of the assessments available are Fountas and Pinnell (F & P), QRI, WADE (Orton-Gillingham), GDRT-2, DIBELS and many more!
Reading Specialists and Certified Teachers provide guided reading to small groups (max 5). Groups are leveled by instructional reading level and many students will move at least one guided reading level within 8 weeks!
Specialists instruct students in the writing process to include persuasive, expository, descriptive and narrative writing. Workshops will be offered on college admissions essay writing, grade level grammar, spelling and writing conventions.
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
Why You’ll Love Us
There has never been a better time to create and foster a lifestyle rooted in literacy. Literacy skills enrich our everyday life and provide us each with the opportunity to engage with one another in our community. In the 21st century, literacy is not just having the ability to read and write. To be globally literate includes:
Digital Literacy-ability to use, evaluate, create and critically think about information found online
Cultural Literacy-a willingness to understand and critique inequities and understanding that our own worldviews may be different than others
Media Literacy-the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media
Financial Literacy-the ability to understand how money works in the world
As our LitCo Lab continues to grow, so will our classes and workshops! We will offer sessions for all ages on varying types of literacy led by experts in the field.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
“I love to write!”
Mrs. Wukitch is a great teacher! I now love to write stories!
Cate W. (8 years old)
Rating: 5 out of 5.
“Reading is super easy now!”
Mrs. Wukitch is an amazing teacher! She is so kind and since I’ve been with her, reading is super easy!”
Maggie G. (7 years old)
Rating: 5 out of 5.
“I love reading now!”
Mrs. Wukitch is the best person to open a bookstore because she has made my life better by teaching me to be a good reader and writer! I love reading now!
Charley W. (8 years old)
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