Bring Me a Bookmark


I have now been a book dealer in Fort Collins longer than anyone else, having opened Toad Hall Books on Oak Street Plaza in 1983. The old matriarch of all bookstores – The Old Corner Book Shop, run by Jane Tester for over 30 years, closed a few years back.

I have moved my bookstore seven times. (Quoth the raven: “Nevermore.”) The last major move was with professional help. I had 500 boxes and a jumble of bookcases to sort out and set up in Cimarron Plaza in 2014. I have had five “brick and mortar” locations, one flea market booth, sold online and operated out of my house. This is my final resting place.

A significant number of books are waiting at home to be brought into the store. I need more space!  Hence: a clearance sale!   I am offering this unusual incentive that will hopefully unearth artifacts from Fort Collins’ bookstore history:  BRING ME A BOOKMARK (“bring me the broomstick…”) from any Northern Colorado or Wyoming bookstore – past or present – and I will give you 15% off a one-time purchase (except for rare books). This offer will be good through May Day – the first of May 2018.


Here are some deceased bookstores to choose from:

Adams and Adams Booksellers/Laramie, Wyoming

Anthology, Loveland, Colorado

The Book Cat/Estes Park, Colorado

Book Ends, Fort Collins, Colorado

Book Rack – Laramie?, Loveland, Greeley, or Fort Collins

Books-N-Things/Windsor, Colorado

Bounty Book Hunter/Fort Collins, Colorado

Cheyenne Books and Music/Cheyenne,Wyoming

Chiefly Books/Cheyenne, Wyoming

C & L Hutton Fine Books, Fort Collins, Colorado

The Coyote’s Den/Loveland, Colorado

Fine Old Books/Estes Park, Colorado

Footnote Book Store/Loveland, Colorado

Happenstance/Fort Collins, Colorado

House of Paper Ships/Greeley and then Fort Collins, Colorado

Jade Creek Books, Fort Collins, Colorado

Loveland Book Exchange, Loveland, Colorado

Mad Jack’s Recycled Lit/Fort Collins, Colorado

Middle Earth Rare Books, Livermore,Colorado

Mt. Falcon Books/Greeley, Colorado

The Novel, Novel Bookstore/Fort Collins, Colorado

Old Corner Book Shop/Fort Collins, Colorado

Paperback Heaven/Fort Collins, Colorado

Prairie Reader Bookstore/Greeley, Colorado

Read It Again, Fort Collins, Colorado

Stagehouse II/Boulder, Colorado

Sun Circle Books/Fort Collins, Colorado

Toad Hall Books/Fort Collins, Colorado

Train of Thought/Fort Collins, Colorado

EXISTING BOOKSTORES TO CHOOSE FROM: Cheyenne: The Book Rack, Constant Reader Books, Phoenix Books and Music

Fort Collins: Bizarre Bazaar, Booklovers, The Eclectic Reader, Indigo Rose, Old Firehouse

Loveland: Book Haven, Dicken’s Alley, Whampus

Laramie: Night Heron Books, Second Story Books

Boulder: Beat Book Shop, The Bookworm, Boulder Bookstore, Happenstance, Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, The Lighthouse Bookstore, Red Letter Books, Secondhand Books, Trident


2 thoughts on “Bring Me a Bookmark

  1. My god, what a body count! Too many shops gone. The death of any book store is lamentable. Your comprehensive list of casualties provides a distressing reminder of what’s been lost.
    And, as if that weren’t enough to corrode a reader’s heart, I would include City News in Loveland. This was something of a community institution that offered an impressive selection of new books, the latest print news media, coffee, and fine tobacco products. Just a delightful place.
    And, I’m pleased that you’ve set the record straight having to do with your longevity in the book business. Your position in our local book community deserves proper acknowledgment.


    • Re: Photo.
      Cynthia, I’ve been examining the photograph of you in your “natural environment.” Your expression reveals an abundance of quiet wisdom– mysterious in a way. This is the face of a woman who possesses the power of extensive knowledge, often arcane, and who will gladly share it with others. If you will forgive me, a “Wise Woman” in the language of times long past.


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