It’s been a big week for bookstore openings, remodeling, and branch stores from some of the biggest names in the book business—Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville will open its third store, a children’s only bookstore, on Monday; Tattered Cover’s new store inside Union Station in Denver officially opens on Saturday; and Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., debuts the new entrance to its flagship store today.

Other stores have been busy filling needs, like a bookshelf added to a Laundromat in Richmond, Va., and a book drive at La Casa Azul in New York City to provide books to unaccompanied minors who have been detained at the U.S. border.


Carmichael’s Kids on Monday: The Louisville institution is adding its third store and its first children’s-only bookstore.

Dallas’s Wild Detective Bookstore: Two friends, engineers from Spain who are stationed in the U.S., open a bookstore in a bungalow in Dallas.

Village House of Books: The tiny Los Gatos, Calif., bookstore announced on Twitter that it will open a second store in mid-August.

Tattered Cover at Denver’s Union Station: Saturday marks the official grand opening of the train station in Denver, Colo., and with it a new Tattered Cover Book Store.

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Pop-up Bookstore in Oakland: Two friends set up Libros Libres inside a mixed use community space in Oakland, Calif., where they give away books.

Laundromat Give-away: A Richmond, Va., mom sets up “take one, leave one” inside a laundromat to encourage kids to read.

Powell’s Books Flagship Redo: The Seattle institution has been getting a facelift since January. Today is the big reveal.

Wisdom from New England’s Vicky Titcomb: The general manager of long-time family-run Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, Mass., talks about finding opportunity in today’s market on Cape Cod.

35th anniversary of Blue MarbleThe Cincinnati gem has changed with the times, without losing its personal touch.

30th anniversary of Books on the Common: Owners Ellen Burns and Darwin Ellis, who purchased the Ridgefield, Ct., bookstore a decade ago, talk about their biggest competitor, the iPhone, and competition for people’s attention.

Left Bank Books in Belfast, Maine, Turns 10: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco is one of a number of writers who will speak and sign books as part of the bookstore’s tenth anniversary celebration this weekend.

Book Drive for Detainees: Through August 10, La Casa Azul Bookstore in New York City is hosting a book drive for children who were apprehended and detained at the U.S. border with Mexico and are currently in deportation proceedings in the New York City area.

Why Amazon Won’t Kill Indies: The author of Motor City Burning describes why indies can’t be replicated online.

Coffee Beans & Books to Close: On Facebook the Beaver, W.Va., bookstore announced that it is closing its physical location in the middle of the month and will reopen as an online-only bookstore in September.

Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers to Close: After 20-plus years, a Seattle favorite is closing, a little past its original July 30 date.