"You must keep precise records of all purchases. Time. Amount. The customer's appearance. His state of mind. How he asks for the book. How he receives it. Does he appear to be injured. Is he wearing a sprig of rosemary on his hat. And so on."

― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

What are you doing this summer?

Apply to work at Chautauqua Bookstore for the 2020 CHQ season today!  We welcome your interest and expertise.

(And no; we won't expect you to track our guests' hat trimmings.)

  Check out our posted positions here 


“Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer..."

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

[Update: We're back open!]

Please be aware we will be closed Tuesday January 7th, Wednesday January 8th, and part of Thursday January 9th for our annual Inventory.  We expect to open on Thursday after we have been visited by the auditors.

Web orders may be placed during this time, but will not be fulfilled until inventory is completed.

Thank you for your understanding.


Sleigh Rides This Weekend!

Stateline is once again offering sleigh or wagon rides (weather depending) Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 pm, leaving about every half an hour from the parking lot beside the Bookstore.

Tickets will be available at the Bookstore starting at roughly 12:30 on the day of the rides.  No refunds or reservations will be available.  For the safety of the horses, the rides are weather permitting.  Rides are expected throughout January and February.

$5 adult | $3 child

See you there!

Join Us

Please join us at Chautauqua’s Winter Village celebration, December 21 and 22, to take part in the birth of a very special collaboration with PBS— starring you!  Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss your opportunity to help us show the nation, in partnership with PBS, the true character, ideas, and beauty of the Chautauqua region and its people. Visit https://chq.org/winter for details.  See you at Chautauqua!

Don't forget -- tickets for Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides from CrackerJack Farms will be available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore on the day of the rides.
$6 Child | $10 Adult

Saturday December 21st 1-5 pm
Sunday December 22nd 1-5 pm

Mayville Merchants' Open House This Weekend

bookstore train display detail

Visit us this weekend (December 6th-8th) and pick up your Mayville Merchants' traveling punch card for the chance to win prizes from great local businesses! Get it stamped at each participating business and turn it in at your last stop. The more stamps you get, the better odds you have at winning!
No purchase necessary.

Visit the Mayville Merchants' facebook event page for a list of all participating businesses. 

Join in the magic of Winter Village at Chautauqua Institution


Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides from CrackerJack Farms are coming back!

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore on the day of the rides.

$6 Child | $10 Adult

Friday November 29th 5-9 pm
Saturday November 30th 1-5 pm
Sunday December 1st 1-5 pm

Saturday December 21st 1-5 pm
Sunday December 22nd 1-5 pm

For more information on the Winter Village, click here.


2020 Battle of the Books Selections Announced

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

For more information on participating in the Battle of the Books, click here.

Whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2020 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
Willa of the Wood: Willa of the Wood, Book 1 Cover Image
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Cover Image
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
Bud, Not Buddy Cover Image
Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars Hothead (Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All Stars #1) Cover Image
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented Cover Image
Ghosts Cover Image
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Cover Image

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