A children’s bookstore in Bluffton, S.C., changes hands; stores in Newport Beach, Calif., and Springfield, Oh., expand; and a bookstore in Portland, Ore., reopens.

Couple Closing Store in Rapid City, N.D.: Robert and Erin Van Norman, owners of two-year-old Van Norman Rare Books plan to sell part of their inventory and move to online only.

Travelers Bookcase in L.A. Closing: After 24 years, the bookstore is closing and will relaunch online. In an e-mail to customers, the owners also left open the possibility for another travel-related business to re-open in the space.

Howard’s Books to Close: The 35-year-old Evanston, Ill., bookstore, originally called Booksellers Row, will close at the end of February.

Book Bin Closes Lancaster Store: Last week Book Bin closed its three year-old bookstore, which was located in a former Borders location. Both Book Bin stores in Corvallis and downtown Salem will remain open.

Other News
New Owner for Storybook Shoppe: The seven-year-old children’s bookstore in Bluffton, S.C., changed hands last week. Sally Sue Livigne purchased the bookstore from founder Nancy Beautre, who plans to retire.

Lido Bookstore to Double This Spring: The Newport Beach, Calif., bookstore is expand significantly by moving next door.

Raven Books in Springfield, Oh., to Expand: In February, the bookstore will relocate to a 3,000 sq. ft. space in the same mall, Upper Valley Mall, so that it can expand sections like fantasy. It will also combine with Village Coffee Cafe.

Grand Reopening of Passages Bookstore in Portland, Ore.: The rare bookstore will celebrate its new 1,200 sq. ft. storefront on Saturday with a wine tasting.

Westchester Welcomes Scattered Books: Children’s author Laura Schaefer, who opened a bookstore in Chappaqua, N.Y., last November, would like to make it a center for creativity.

Burlingham Books Marks First Decade: The Perry, N.Y., bookstore is celebrating its tenth birthday this weekend with music, cake, and discounts for those who bring a donation to the food pantry.

Outwrite Bookstore Sign at Atlanta History Center: Atlanta’s Outwrite Bookstore, which closed in 2012 after an 18-year-run, returns, or at least its sign does, in a newly opened exhibit on “Atlanta in 50 Objects.”