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About Us


Paragraphs Bookstore continues a tradition of a downtown bookstore that began in Mount Vernon in the nineteenth century. 

Located at 229 S. Main Street, we are a proudly independent bookstore. We love nothing more than putting the right book in the right hands at the right time. 

Paragraphs is thrilled to offer a wonderful selection of books, cards, gifts, puzzles, and so much more. We have comfortable chairs to sit back in while you try out a new book and free WiFi.



Meet Our Staff
(Click the name of a staff member to be directed to their favorite books)


When I began working at Paragraphs in 2013, it became the perfect place to share my love of books from three different roles in my life - a teacher, a parent, and a personal reader. As a child, my grandmother's bookshelves were some of my favorite places to visit. One of my favorite things about Paragraphs is opening the new boxes of books to share with our friends.


I started my college career studying English Literature at The University of Mount Union before finishing my degree at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I began working at Paragraphs Bookstore in 2017 and I am an avid reader of many genres (ie. contemporary and literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy) but I'm especially enthusiastic about anything Tolkien related. One of my favorite things about working at Paragraphs is putting a book in a customer's hands and seeing their excitement as they prepare to embark on their latest, literary adventure.


I taught language arts and social studies for thirty years. In 2003, I began working at Paragraphs Bookstore where I follow my love of reading non-fiction, fantasy, historical and young-adult fiction. I retired as the manager in 2020 but still work a few days a month.

The best part of the job is when customers walk into the store, say, "I loved... (their last great read)," and I can suggest several books which I know they will enjoy. Or maybe the best part of the job is getting the perfect book into the hands of a young reader. Or is it talking to other book lovers about reading? Too many choices...


After teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades, I spent 18 years at home with my children. On the first day of school in 2020, I started a new chapter at Paragraphs. I love fiction, historical and otherwise. I enjoy making recommendations for babies and older kids, too. Books are comfort, always and forever.


I have worked at Paragraphs Bookstore since I was 14. I love all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Music is an important part of my life so ask me to recommend any books about or by musicians.


I am currently attending Kenyon College and pursuing a degree in Classics (Ancient Greek & Latin). I began working at Paragraphs in September 2018, and I could not imagine working anywhere else! I love to talk about and be surrounded by books all day. I am an vid reader and fan of fantasy, romance, literary fiction, and classic literature.


I have been a reader, or have at least been read to, for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is my mother reading The Hobbit to me before bed, even if I didn't really understand the story particularly well at the time. I am a Mount Vernon native, returning after a few years in Georgia, and have been at Paragraphs since May of 2022. I am a big fan of science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.