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Enchanted Passage: A Dream Come True

Welcome to Enchanted Passage

Thank you for visiting to find out  more about us.  Here you can meet the people who make up Enchanted Passage, and find out how you can become part of our story! 

Meet Sandy, Kim and Kristiana

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Sandy

Sandy has spent the last 30 plus years as a licensed mental health counselor working with adolescents and families. She has spent a lifetime as an avid and passionate reader.  Some of her lifetime favorite novels that still bring joy are Jane Eyre and the Lord of the Rings Series. She is passionate about increasing a love of literature in young people. Sandy passed her love of reading on to her daughter, Kimberly, at a young age as they discovered the wonder and escape that comes in the pages of a good book.

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Kimberly

Kimberly has spent her life reading as much as possible. In 2001, she became an elementary teacher and spent the next almost 20 years in classrooms, both in the United States and abroad,.  Before Enchanted Passage, she finished her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.  She loves to find the perfect book for people when they come into visit.  Her daughter, Kristiana, is inheriting a love of books, reading and parties from her mother and grandmother.  

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Our Mission...

is to bring books to life and make reading a fun and enjoyable experience so that children develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime, thus creating a community of more literate individuals. 

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All about enchanted passage

More Than a Bookstore...It's a Destination

The dream of Enchanted Passage was one that was started long ago, from visions of a children's bookstore and party place and aspirations to bring education and literacy skills to children, teachers, parents and others who work with children. It was a dream that lay dormant as life moved in different directions. 


In 2015, Kimberly's daughter, Kristiana Grace, was born at 24 weeks weighing just over 1lb.  As she got bigger, and it became clear that she was a very special but complex child, Sandy and Kim realized that change was coming, both out of necessity and a desire to create a safe and happy environment for Kristiana. And so, they began to brainstorm and the ember of Enchanted Passage grew brighter. 


In October of 2016, they found the perfect 1824 house that was a charming maze of rooms that previously housed Vaillancourt Folk Arts.  Sandy and Kim channeled their separate strengths, along with their shared love of literature and desire to help increase a love of literacy among children and teens,  In a matter of a few short months they, along with their families, friends and supporters worked tirelessly to open the doors on December 1, 2016, just in time for their first Sutton Chain of Lights. 


In addition to carefully curated children's, young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction, Enchanted Passage offers unique gifts,, custom arts, and quality educational toys.  There are also a variety of events for all ages including parties, scouting events, art workshops, paint nights, author events and more. .For more about our activities and events visit the events page, Facebook page, or email us at bookstore@enchantedpassage.com 



Fostering a Love of Literacy

Tips for fostering a lifelong love of reading

Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them expand their vocabulary and recognize written words. Reading also stimulates a child's imagination and expands his or her understanding of the world.

There are many ways to include reading in all stages of childhood. When children focus on literacy activities they enjoy, reading will be seen as a treat, not a chore. Follow these tips at home:

  • Limit television and computer time in favor of reading time.
  • Lead by example. A child will value reading when they see their role models reading.
  • Read to a child. This teaches them that reading is important and it can open the lines of communication on many topics.
  • Join your local library. Find library books about current interests in the child's life and then read them together.

Literacy counts from day one and lays the foundation for a child's success in school and in life. ~ Dr. Kirk Panneton – Regional executive and medical director 

Why is it important?

Meet Our Enchanted booksellers

Jen

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Hi Booklovers! My name is Jen. As a former PreK and Kindergarten teacher I have a passion for Children's literature. I have seen first hand the impact books make in the lives of children and it never ceases to amaze me. As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to go to the library, find a cozy corner and dive into a good book, usually about animals.  


As a child, my favorite books were, Oh, the Places You'll Go,  Go Dog Go, and The Outsiders. Now-a-days you can usually find me sitting in my garden with a good mystery enjoying the sunshine while the birds chirp and the bees buzz. 


I have so many favorite books including Dear Girl, by Amy Krauss Rosenthal, The Liar's Girl by Catherine Howard and The Lake House by Kate Morton. Come in and I'll help you find just the right one for you!

Sydney

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Hi! My name is Sydney. I'm currently a senior at Sutton High School.  I have been very involved in gymnastics my whole life, both as a gymnast and a coach. 


I have always loved working with children and plans to attend college for Elementary Education. 


My favorite books are: Wonder - RJ Palacio

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life - Wendy Mass

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls 

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck


Come visit me and do a craft or chat about a good book!

Aimee

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Hi! My name is Aimee.  I am 17 years old and going into my Senior Year at Wachusett Regional High School.  I love to help people and wasn't to go into nursing. 


In my free time a love to read and enjoy Mysteries.  My favorite Children's Book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  My favorite now is The Marsh King's Daughter.


I hope to see you at Enchanted Passage soon !


Oliva

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Miss Olivia volunteers with us during the school year. In addition to helping us in many ways around the store, she loves to read stories to friends who visit for morning story time.  


In addition to being a part of the Enchanted Passage story, Olivia reads to the students at the Simonean Early Learning Center.  For fun she loves music and reading fairy and unicorn books.  

Visit her on Thursday mornings starting in September. 

Volunteers

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We love our volunteers! They help make events, story times and parties something special! Special thanks to all who are so willing to volunteer, and sometimes to be volunteered! 


If you'd like to come and be a part of our story!

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Become a Part of Our Story

We welcome you to become part of our story! Do you have a talent you'd like to share with a workshop? Are you a local author or artist who would like to consign with Enchanted Passage? 


Would you like to volunteer with us at Enchanted Passage? Come take part in story times or Events such as our author fairs, Small Business Saturday, Chain of Lights or other themed events, please let us know! 


 Email us at bookstore@enchantedpassage.com 

or call 508-841-5437