VIDEO: Meet The Wilmington Family That Started A Free Bookstore On Their Front Lawn

WILMINGTON, MA — Watch the latest episode of “Talk of the Town” with WCTV’s Lisa Kapala featuring quick, feel-good stories from around town.

In this episode, Kapala remotely interviews Jennifer and Jeff Bryson, who turned their front lawn into the “Baker Street Bookstore.”

The Brysons, both educators, have built up a large collection of books from their years of teaching. As big advocates of childhood literacy, they wanted to encourage the kids in their neighborhood to continue to read despite the closure of libraries and bookstores. The family decided to use their book collection to create their own bookstore — a free bookstore — in their yard.

The “bookstore” consists primarily of books and puzzles, but does also sometimes include games and flash cards. Look for a table or two of free books on the front lawn of 4 Baker Street everyday!

Donations are welcome, especially of popular children’s material, such as Magic Tree House, Babysitter Club, graphic novels, and books on the summer reading lists. Donations are quarantined for at least 2-3 days before being added to the store.

The bookstore is open daily — weather permitting — typically from 9am until 6pm or 7pm. Follow the Baker Street Bookstore on Facebook for regular updates and notifications of daily themes.

“Stop by. Grab a book. Say hello from afar,” said Jennifer Bryson, who currently serves as Chair of the Wilmington School Committee. “We’ve met some new folks. We also have regulars. It’s brought us and others a sense of normalcy in challenging times.”

Watch the 12-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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