Member Blogs > Barner BooksIt's Cool Inside - Yes Indeed

  • Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:38:00    Permalink

    Sure, the summer is upon us and we've got our air-conditioning on!   It's wind and solar powered, and so we can say it's cool inside.  
    The Carousel horse is handcarved  and in our gift department.   
    It used to be something special that a place would be air-conditioned.   In fact, one of our most famous area residents, the Late President Roosevelt, had a distrust of air-conditioning.  But he probably would have been a fan of the shop.

    Beautiful leather bound books (from Franklin Library and Easton Press) along with decorative bindings are set off by our Cavallini Posters - which are perfect for decorating dorm rooms as well as for art projects.  You'll see our use of them throughout the shop.Located just on the other side of the Hudson River from his Hyde Park Home (Dutchess County).   Ulster County is the home of several bookstores, in fact right across the street from ours is another, and our street is the home to 2 (YES TWO) chocolate shops, a couple of restaurants and right below us a great record shop.But, now that it's commonplace the signs, like the above, are quite uncommon.   Cool is, and has been, something else.   Visitors to the shop comment about the cool books, and really like the space.
    Visitors online don't get to experience that factor--so here it is!
    Our rarebook area features Barrister Bookcases.   These are the classics made by Globe Wernicke.  
    Pull up a chair and read to your hearts content.   Enjoy checking out the books, or even typing on one of our vintage typewriters -- including 
    The Hermes 3000 - which has the reputation of being the Best typewriter every made -- just ask Jack Kerouac (if you could) or Larry McMurty about that machine.
    Our duo-tone is beautiful to see and is a piece of functional art from the art-deco age.

    Visitors to the shop are greeted by our Zebra - perhaps the only bookshop to have a store zebra.  It's incredible how many kids come into the shop and reach over and give the zebra a hug.

     We feature handmade leather journals and bags.   We've been importing them from India for sometime now and are treasured as gifts - for anyone including yourself.   The Indians who make these journals are not the same of course as the Native American who also greets our customers near the New York section of the shop, which is one of our specialties.  

    Barner Books has been around for about 30 years,   Started by Jim Barner who was a writer, traveler and book lover we treasure our tradition.   The bust looks a little like Jim, but if you know who it is, we'd sure like to hear from you.

    If you make it into New Paltz, located in the lower Catskills, be sure to stop on by.   We're one of the Cool places -- and yes, on hot days it's especially true!!!

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