The 40-year-old Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock has announced the opening of a new magical space, a store within its store, just for kids: The Little Golden Notebook. At the top of the stairs, children will find a gate that opens to a secret garden, a celebration of childhood dreams. They can search for picture books on their own, sit down and read or share them with friends, beneath a canopy of the moon, stars and Overlook Mountain out the window and across the second floor. The natural scenery was the brainchild of Hudson Valley artist (and illustrator of Thorneater Comics) Will Lytle. His imaginative mural of the variety of local wildlife has been given a second home on the walls of the store. A visitor to the upstairs can enjoy and count the natural wonders on display.
Myoshin and Kevin O’Brien of the renowned Kevin O’Brien studio generously offered their services with the interior design of the space. Every enchanting color, fabric and piece of carpet were personally selected by them to bring the previously empty space to life.
Scott Risdal of Risdal Homes built the woodcraft of the shelves and banquets. He even managed to straighten some of the uneven lines of the building.
Dennis O’Clair and his team at Joyous Home Handyman did the painting, carpet laying, bookshelf hanging, more painting and even crystal ball polishing.
In 2010 when The Golden Notebook almost closed, the building which housed the speciality children’s store, The Golden Bough, was sold in a separate sale. Gaela Pearson was the manager and creator of that space and she has remained as the children’s buyer and so much more since then. The Little Golden Notebook is most capably stocked with 40 years of her valuable book-buying experience.
Booksellers Christopher Bottomley, Jamie Keller and Gretchen Primack are always on hand to help clientele select just the right book.
The bookstore is located at 29 Tinker Street in Woodstock. For additional information, visit goldennotebook.com or call (845) 679-8000.