Many community members are unaware of these gems, but yes, Harlem is still served by a number of wonderful independent, community bookstores. Some of these establishments serve as social hubs, helping to build community through a wide range of free and inexpensive cultural and community-centered programs and events. And shopping at these small businesses helps bolster the local economy by circulating dollars and providing jobs throughout our village.

Book Culture (536 W. 112th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) – Website | Facebook | Twitter

Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th) (see links above)

Grandma’s Place (84 W. 120th Street, between Lenox and 5th) – Website | Facebook

*La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street, between Park and Lexington) – Website | Facebook | Twitter

*Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th) – Website | Facebook | Twitter

* = Literacy Across Harlem Partner Bookstore

Related: Literacy Across Harlem