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: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sundays 10 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! Follow our social media for up-to-date programming!
Our book and gift inventory are constantly changing. We pride ourselves on keeping our shelves fresh. This means that you will often find best-sellers, signed books, awesome lesser-known-titles and some beloved classics.
CHECK OUT OUR MERCH!
Shirts will ship direct to you!
Goodread reviews can really…be…something. We’ve decided to offer a bundle special for anyone who loves people. Let us support this author and her book that has great representation of people.
DID YOU READ DEFY THE NIGHT?
IT’S FINALLY TIME! Defend the Dawn by Brigid Kemmerer is available for preorder! Keep your eyes peeled for tour dates and preorder specials but get your signed/reserved book preordered today!
Make a resolution to read in 2022. Visit the store each month OR buy our mystery book pick online and you’ll get a monthly themed button!
Read all 12 by the end of the year and get an exclusive Park Books Reading Challenge T-Shirt in December! What’s stopping you?! Three ways to participate:
- Come into the store each month. Buy your book in person and get your monthly BUTTON!
- Order one book a month, read and repeat! We’ll ship one each month. Share your likes and dislikes with us in the order box.
- Order 12 months now, forget about it and we’ll deliver one book a month for the next 12 months! Share your likes and dislikes with us on the order box.
Signed Book Collection & Mystery Box Menu!
We will send our signed copies to you! Or, you can buy one of our curated, mystery book boxes to be shipped anywhere!
(Please contact us for international shipping rates)
Interested in supporting us from afar? We have partnered with Libro.fm and Bookshop.org to provide additional access to books when you are not local.
Park Books is proud to partner with Libro.fm and Bookshop. Support your local bookstore by shopping online at our Bookshop site and by subscribing/buying audiobooks from Libro.fm.
Give the gift of an audio book to anyone!
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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.”~Tommie dePaola
Spring and Summer classes are forming: Don’t hesitate to reach out for an assessment today.
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 or would benefit from enrichment.
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! Assessment are chosen based upon student need. Please note: we are aware of typical assessments used within area school systems and work in conjunction with other educators to ensure the most accurate and valid assessment results.
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 instructional reading level within 6 weeks! Small group instruction is specialized to the needs of children enrolled. A focus on decoding (blending sounds into words) and encoding (sounds into words, i.e. spelling) will take place in each meeting.
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. Writing workshops are offered for 4th grade and up.
“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.”~Roald Dahl
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.
“I love to write!”
Cate W. (8 years old)
“Reading is super easy now!”
Maggie G. (7 years old)
“I love reading now!”
Charley W. (8 years old)
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