Books & Cats & Goats, Oh My!

I recently discovered a really special place hidden in the small town of Niantic, Connecticut – The Book Barn. A huge used bookstore with four different locations, The Book Barn is exactly what it sounds like – barns with books! Each week, the owners receive thousands of books for a total of over 500,000 used books. Some of the copies are so old and fragile that they are kept within glass cases, and some have been used so gently that their pages are as pristine as when they were first printed. However, the books are all similar in their affordability and accessibility. The barns, each with their own themes and genres, are connected by paths lined with witty signs, seasonal decorations, potted plants, wooden benches, and smaller book stands. Of course, no barn would be complete without goats! Just a few steps away from the main barn is a small pen with a few goats. But, most importantly (ie my favorite find), the barns are homes to many cats that add a heart-warming component to the readers’ browsing experiences. Sleeping within the shelves and on couches spread out throughout the barns, the kittens accompany those who read within the stores. With countless gems and books scattered throughout The Book Barn, one can spend hours simply enjoying the warm environment and flipping through pages. What’s not to love? 

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Upon nearing the location, one is welcomed by this beautiful building and Rapunzel in her castle

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The mystery book barn holding novels of authors A-H

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The Haunted Book Shop, holding the rest of the mystery books

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Unexpected signs and decorations around every corner

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The vampire fiction section

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Fun captions line the shelves

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Decorations within the main barn

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One of the many cats inhabiting the main book barn!

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This little girl followed me within the barns and outside in the gardens

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Although a little far in this picture, the goats are only within a few steps away from the main path

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The “outhouse”

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Barn with books about gardening, cooking, traveling…

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One of the many book stands on the grounds

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‘Tis the season

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The sign for Book Barn #4, just a block away from the main location

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Entrance to The Book Barn grounds

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The map of the grounds

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The Rules of the Road

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Can you find the kitten?

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