The start of something good
Maybe not exactly a "new you," but if you're resolving to just be good to yourself or to better your life in some way, we're up for ushering in this new year with open arms — and arms filled with books! And, as many of you are new to the shop (and may not have even had the pleasure of browsing our shelves in person), we'd like to re-introduce ourselves.

— the River Bend booksellers
A Fresh Focus on You
A fresh start, write a novel, learn to relax, start yoga, try meditation, breathe, focus or just keep going... Here are some titles geared toward helping you make the most of this new year.
Book Bundles Benefit Read to Grow
Thanks to our reading community who took part in our Book Bundles program last year, we were able to donate more than 1,000 books this past fall to Read to Grow. Even with pandemic restrictions and school closings, they were still able to distribute books to 11 different community organizations including OPMAD, A. l. Prince Technical High School, Hartford Health Care: Institute of Living, Sheldon Oak Communities, Wheeler Clinic/ Healthy Steps, Catholic Charities, Southside Family Center, Squire Village (A Rose Community), Killingly Family Resource Center, East Hartford Middle School, and IRIS in New Haven.
River Bend is proud to host local author Sam Taylor for the launch of her debut novel We Are the Fire.  

Join Sam in conversation with Joanna Ruth Meyer on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00pm ET.
We're lining up great authors like Alan Gratz (Refugee & Ban This Book) & Lauren Tarshis (the I Survived series) for upcoming virtual school visits.

Sign up here to reach out and get your school involved!
Did you know River Bend has a Fantasy Book Club?
This group is for fans of stories set beyond reality.

Upcoming Fantasy Book Club selections include:

River Bend member+avid reader Kara moderates the discussion Friday evenings via Zoom.
Meet Our Booksellers
Looking for a unique gift for a book lover or loved one? Check our ❤️ Valentine Shop!