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  • Hilary Berg

Reading the Room


Once upon a time, a man took a woman on a date to a bookstore — ladies, flowers are great but marry the man who buys you books. Many years after that date, Megan and Paul Waterman built a bookstore with their children, so they could share incredible stories with the world.

The Book Nook has grown and evolved over the past six years, but its aim to celebrate the power of story with the community has remained the same.

With the mission to celebrate story in all its forms, The Book Nook carries a large selection of both new and gently used books, which customers are encouraged to bring in exchange for store credit.

The Book Nook also shares grand stories through its game selection — both card and board — and even hosts various role-playing game nights.

The store offers a safe community gathering place. Customers meet for book clubs, and local authors visit often to share their stories with others.

Bonnie, The Book Nook dog, featured in the store logo, often can be found snoozing behind the counter and loves visiting with customers. It is not uncommon for customers to bring in their fur babies, so Megan and staff always have a treat to share with four-legged visitors.

For those who simply cannot make it into the brick-and-mortar store, The Book Nook offers online shopping from the comfort of your home, either choosing your books to be shipped directly or having them shipped to the store for free.

If patrons prefer listening to stories, The Book Nook offers downloads via, a online company supporting independently owned bookstores.

Throughout the store, customers will find journals — for writing your own tale — plus greeting cards and thoughtful gifts. You never know what eclectic gems you will discover to inspire your own creativity.

For the Watermans, every day is a blank page waiting to be written. Join them as they write The Book Nook’s next exciting chapter. The story continues! 



294 N.W. Second Street

Canby, OR 97013


Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 503-776-8999


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