Casual and avid readers have reason to be excited about the recent opening of Bookology at 646 Wheeling Ave. in downtown Cambridge.
âIt was a five-year plan to carry out Bookology,â said Jennifer Patterson, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the store owned by her daughter, Ryland Patterson, and mother, Mary Jo Rogers.
âWe started by selling books online through Etsy and eBay, which was successful. So we wanted to fill a gap here in Cambridge. This shortcoming was that there was no bookstore in Cambridge. “
Bookology is a new and little-used family bookstore offering something for all ages, according to its Facebook page.
âWe have a nice variety of books, from children’s books and tween books to teen books and books for young adults and adults,â Patterson said. âWe have good quality second-hand books so people can read and spend time with their families sharing their knowledge. And we want to make reading affordable for people. “
New products are on the shelves every day at Bookology.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Patterson said the store will also be open for extended hours over the next summer and vacation seasons.
Bookology’s inventory includes first edition collector’s and signed books. It also includes a variety of books by local authors from Cambridge and the surrounding area.
âWe are working to attract more local writers because we want to support local writers,â Patterson said. “We have a lot of great writers here in this area and we want to support them. We are proud to be able to promote these writers.”
Patterson encourages anyone who knows a local author to contact the store so that they can contact the author about storage space and exposure in the local community.
Individuals can contact Bookology by email at 2Bookology@gmail.com.
âWe’re really grateful to be here in downtown Cambridge,â said Patterson, who grew up in the city. “We want to be of service to the community.”
One of these services is the availability of spaces for book club meetings. Staff can also order books for local reading groups.
âWe’re ready to open the store in the evening so the book clubs can meet,â Patterson said.
She plans to add more services in the future, which will be announced through Bookology’s social media platforms on Instagram and Facebook.
The staff at Bookology are very well read, according to Patterson.
âThey are able to recommend writers, genres and direct people to new writers they didn’t know before,â she said. “Come in and look around to see what we have to offer.”
And Patterson asks for feedback from Bookology clients.
âWe want to know what people want,â she said.
Patterson encourages everyone to visit Cambridge city center to explore the shops and boutiques while tasting food at the local restaurants.
âWe have great people here and I love downtown,â she said. “People should come for a walk and see what’s here. We want to help showcase all that this area has to offer. There are a lot of interesting people here in Cambridge.”