Bank Square Books is “popping up” in downtown New London this holiday season!

Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books will be opening in New London, CT for the holiday season. Title IX will be located at 345 State Street, known as The Cottage, on The Garde Arts  Center property and will offer a curated selection of books ranging from bestsellers to children’s titles, with a focus on social justice themes.

Mystic’s Bank Square Books will be “popping up” in downtown New London this holiday season as part of a city wide initiative to revitalize the downtown business district. The pop-up bookstore will be called Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books—after Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance 1 .

Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books will be located at 345 State Street, in a small stone building, known as The Cottage, a part of The Garde Arts Center properties in the heart of downtown New London.

The Cottage was built as a “Community House” by Connecticut Power in 1920 and was the first commercial building on the historic Williams estate. The two-story 1,900 square-feet colonial stone
cottage sits on the doorstep of The Garde Theatre 2 . Bank Square Books owner Annie Philbrick says of the pop-up, "After being asked for years, the time has come for Bank Square Books to provide a pop-up
bookstore to the New London community. In partnership with the City of New London and The Garde Theater, we are thrilled to bring you a carefully curated bookstore where you can discover a fresh realm
of literary delights."

The bookstore will have its grand opening on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 a week before Shop Small Saturday. Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books will operate with the following safety measures in place:
  • Limited capacity for browsing
  • Curbside pickup and local delivery
  • Masks and social distancing required

We seek to serve the diverse community of New London with a specially curated collection of books that features not only bestsellers and classics for adults and children alike, but also a selection of books that investigate, inform, and inspire social justice. Bank Square Books bookseller and Connecticut College graduate, Olivia Dodd, who will be running the Title IX pop-up initiative, says “New London needs a bookstore that will serve the people who work and live there, and we hope the books we plan to carry will represent that.”

Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 2 PM to 8 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 8 PM.

About Bank Square Books: Located in the heart of downtown Mystic, Bank Square Books has been a cornerstone of the community since 1988 and has been owned by Annie Philbrick since 2006. The bookstore has expanded throughout the years and now occupies two storefronts on Main Street, easily
identifiable by the iconic whale painted by artist Pamela Zagarenski outside the front door. Bank Square Books' sister store is Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, Rhode Island.

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