Thank you, Rockport and Cape Ann and loyal visitors, for 45 years of friendship, conversation, book recommendations, environmental good works, story times, author events and so much more. And thank you to the Robinson family for everything you’ve done to support the literary arts and environmental causes on Cape Ann and beyond. Your good deeds will not soon be forgotten.

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Manager's Note

Happy summer, loyal customers, friends and visitors. Stop by to shop, chat, browse and remember, when you buy a book a month, you’re doing your part to keep Toad Hall going!

Welcome to our perch on the water’s edge in beautiful Rockport, where, on these wondrous summer days, fresh ocean breezes waft into the store and gently whisper, “Beach reads”!

What’s your definition of summer reading?

  • The serious stuff you’ve saved for summer vacation.
  • That summertime ritual of rereading a favorite novel.
  • Page-turners you lose yourself in.
  • A paperback guilty pleasure (cover hidden, perhaps?).
  • The next big book on your stack of unread tomes.
  • Books that have something to do with your summer vacation.
  • A surprise find at Toad Hall.

Buy a book a month… and here are some great summer reading suggestions!
Ah! It’s time for those glorious, lazy days on the beach or relaxing on the porch with a good book. There is no shortage of good suggestions so here are links to a few lists from the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and WBUR’s The ARTery. Toad Hall is the place to get those favorite summer reads. Stop in. Call 978-546-7323 or email, and we will get that book into your hands! A book a month keeps Toad Hall humming along.

Blog About Books

This week on our blog, a review of "Shark"
by Brian Skerry

Our inventory of used books is growing!
Toad Hall’s used book selection has grown increasingly relevant and robust, thanks to the hard-working volunteers who’ve organized, cleaned and added books to the inventory. We are proud of our tantalizing mix of bestsellers, paperbacks, award-winning literature, history and mysteries, among other topics. Check out the book cart in front of the store for ‘grab and go’ beach reads or head upstairs to the reading loft where you can sit and peruse titles of interest. Most used books are $2 and $4.

The Mary White Collection on sale at Toad Hall...
Our heartfelt thanks to Toad Hall’s good friend Tom Philbrook for donating his late wife Mary White’s one-of-a-kind collection of cookbooks, gardening and spiritual books. Among Mary’s many loving endeavors was her work at Toad Hall. We miss her terribly and we are also deeply moved by her books, now for sale here. Most volumes are pristine and some have never been used. Others are precious for other reasons — they are filled with Mary’s notes on scraps of paper, marginalia and bookmarks noting favorite passages or recipes that she’s tried — with notations.

News flash! You can now buy books online!
Toad Hall sells local authors’ books on the bookstore’s website. Check it out!

A call for volunteers...
Are you a merchandizer with an interest in window display? An interior designer with knowhow in young adult and children’s room décor? An actor who would love to lead a children’s story hour now and then? A bibliophile who could help out with used books. A fundraiser? An environmentalist interested in getting an environmental program going at Toad Hall? Please email if you’re interested in helping Toad Hall. Thank you!

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More readings this summer in Rockport!
Toad Hall partners with the Rockport Public Library to support its summer reading program. These readings are held at the library, and Toad Hall supplies and sells copies of each author’s books after the readings. These interesting, engaging readings and discussions among friends and visitors are always stimulating — much like intimate living room salons. Please come, participate and buy a book when possible to support the authors and the bookstore. 

Thursday, August 31, 7 p.m.
William D. Cohan
“Why Wall Street Matters”

“A timely, counterintuitive defense of Wall Street and the big banks as the invisible—albeit flawed—engines that power our ideas, and should be made to work better for all of us.” — Penguin Random House


Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Kate Clifford Larson
“Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter”

“A biography that chronicles [Rosemary Kennedy’s] life with fresh details . . . By making Rosemary the central character, [Larson] has produced a valuable account of a mental health tragedy and an influential family’s belated efforts to make amends.” — New York Times Book Review

And coming this fall...
Rodman Philbrick, a Newbury Honor Award-winning author of books for youth, is coming to Rockport to talk about his new, already critically acclaimed novel, “Who Killed Darius Drake?” Rod’s visit is a special treat for fans. His book, “Freak the Mighty,” is read by school children around the world and the Golden Globe-nominated movie, “The Mighty,” is now a beloved classic. More details to come on this special fall event.