The bookstore was opened in 2019 by Liz Young, a long-time resident of the area. She has lived for over 30 years in Yardley and raised three Pennsbury graduates. Young is a fan of all things local: walking on the canal, organizing and supporting Music Off Main, and working as president of Experience Yardley.
Philadelphia Magazine describes Commonplace Reader as “sprinkled [with] oodles of homespun charm” and “a little spot of small-town magic.” This magic comes from the store’s community partnerships.
Young and the staff host book clubs on the store’s front porch in a number of different genres: women’s literature, mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, environmental sustainability, and romance. These book clubs bring together multi-generational groups for discussions on books and life. This connection with the community is close and it’s what makes the store so magical.
Commonplace Reader also hosts a number of author events on the porch. Join us for an upcoming author panel with local authors from Read Furiously on Aug. 12, and on Sept. 9 for a reading of local poetry. The porch and store are accessible to all; the store has an ADA compliant ramp.
Learn more at Philadelphia Magazine.