Village Books Maine

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Holiness and Some Mistakes About It

Every once in awhile, I get an oddity in - a book that is old and strange and COOL.  This is one of them.    

David Caleb Cook, who was born August 28, 1850, started work for his father Ezra as a "printer's devil" (an apprentice in his father's printery) as a boy. He later founded a large religious publishing company.
During his lifetime, David C. Cook repeatedly proved his skills as an entrepreneur and as a civic and religious leader.
David C. Cook is primarily remembered as the founder of the David C. Cook Publishing Company, which grew out of a sewing machine apparatus business he started in his father's printery. After the Chicago fire destroyed his business, he started it again and then established the publishing company. Its first printing plant was on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.
Press operations outgrew the original plant, and another was prepared in an old woolen mill in Elgin, which later became the town's YMCA building.
Again the building proved too small, and a modern factory was built about a mile north on on Elgin's South Grove Avenue.

The book is about 4 " square, printed on good (if yellowing) stock.  Cover is worn & rubbed (So am I but I wasn't made in 1898!) In the book world we would call it's condition Fair-Good. Price on request.

This book and others like it may be purchased at Village Books each Saturday & Sunday from 10-5 pm or by going to our website at

Meanwhile, watch out for ZOMBIES!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DPN'S!!! And lighter stuff

I know, I know, you want pictures. Believe me when I say YOU DON'T.  Knitting has become an ugly thing, full of slippery sticks, twisty fingers, gnarly words & distinctly bad manners.

The books never tell you not to try to cast on with a crocheted afghan on your lap.

Meanwhile, happier events are taking place at the spinning wheel.  AND I just bought a used Louet Jr. drum carder.  Yay! My own doffer!  I'm wielding it like a pro.

SHETLAND!  Lovely, lovely, romantic, soft Shetland.  I'm processing it and spinning it myself, small batches at a time.  All from Maine farms.  The natural color of this gorgeous stuff just won't show up in my pictures!
A milky tan.  A cup of cream someone passed a coffee bean over.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How We Know...




WE FOUND OUR SIGN! (And yes, that's all snow)
APRIL 9th at 10 AM.
Open 10-5 pm weekends until Memorial Day.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Website Up & Running

Go on over here and check out the new, friendly Village Books website.  This new site will allow me to post new titles & get news to you faster! Please let me know what you think!

Last day (today) for our Holiday Open House, 10-5 pm.  Seasonal closing day (until April): Christmas Eve 3 pm. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New WebSite!

I'm building my new, more functional website here.  I'll be posting pictures and descriptions of books I'm excited about these days.   

Random Roving Yarn is making it's debut at my annual Holiday Open House this coming weekend.

Hope to see you soon! And stay tuned! This will be your link to VB after I close for the season (Christmas Eve 5 pm).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Annual Holiday Open House

YEP! It's time for the ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE! Which of course means I've gotten new stuff in (and tidied). Oh and BREAD BY JEFF! If you are a regular, you know what this means: GREAT FOOD, gifts you won't find anywhere else, and friends gathered around the GREAT FOOD!  If you've never been to our store, this is Village Books at it's absolute, shining best. Please come by.


When: Dec 3             10 am - 7 pm
           Dec 4 & 5      10 am - 5 pm

Village Books is open EVERY Fri, Sat & Sun through Christmas.  We will shut for Jan., Feb., & March.  Watch this space for news on the great books we'll still be finding & selling.

While you're in Washington, plan to stop in at the Downtown Gallery's annual holiday sale. It's jolly, within walking distance and the food is almost as good!

Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving!  And thanks for supporting Maine small businesses.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Update for VB

Friday, August 20, 2010


Village Books will have a new and more user/owner friendly website up soon.  In the meantime, stick with us via blog.  We've had a great August, despite the economy, and new stuff continues to come in each week, including small collectibles, audio books and books of all kinds.  We've had an unprecedented run on CS Lewis lately, so I'll be getting in some more of his works, both fiction and non.

Meanwhile, in the quiet moments...

My first dye job...
if you don't count my hair!  Here is the gorgeous combination roving I bought from Guinea Ridge Farm in Union during the Open Farm Tour.  I spun it and plied it. I set the twist (yes, I did, Jeannine!) Then I pulled wads of jewelweed from under the apple trees (much to the goats' chagrin - they love jewelweed) and boiled it up.  Can't say I cared for the smell much.  I soaked my handspun, 2 ply in warm water, with a little cream of tartar dissolved in it.  Then plunked it in the dyebath for only ten minutes or so, since I love this light, creamy orange. Et voila!

Village Books has been reorganized to display the gorgeous roving that my friend, Toni, & I have been producing for sale.  Currently on offer are Maine Finn, both dyed & undyed, Romney dyed & 2 shades of natural roving, white Dorset, white Border Leicester & some lovely brown llama roving from Eolian Farm down in Newcastle, who also provides me with Shetland roving on occasion.  

Since I'm just a neophyte, I'm keeping most of my doings for my private use, but I did sell my first skein of yarn this month!  My spinning wheel is busy every day.

Meanwhile, lots of new books have come in, from the latest great fiction to histories to classics in knitting  (I use these big hand-forged hooks to hang yarn).  The Fiber Side of Village Books will be a book & roving vendor at Fiber College in Searsport, Maine, happening September 9-12.  This is a beautiful venue and a wonderful learning & networking opportunity for crafters.  Come check it out!  And stop by my table to introduce yourself!