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We've been making a difference in South Georgia and North Florida for over three decades. At The Bookshelf, we believe in the power of books to shape communities and foster conversations. Our staff has curated a quality collection of literature across genres, and each month, we host over a dozen story times, author events, educational workshops, and more. We love literature and paper and interesting conversations, and we believe a life enriched by books is the very best kind of life.

Our shop in beautiful downtown Thomasville, Georgia, is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with extended hours for special events and occasional weekends. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for daily updates on our favorite new titles, upcoming events, book club meetings, and children's story times. Listen to our weekly podcast, From the Front Porch, to hear our latest recommended reads and for behind-the-scenes bookshop stories.





Story time

Join us every Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for story time with local kiddos! We gather in our children's section for 15 to 20 minutes to read a picture book together, then work on a themed craft and talk about what we've read. We love gathering with the children and helping them learn to love reading as much as we do!


It's our goal to make our bookstore a gathering place for readers and writers across the South. Throughout the year, we host a variety of author signings and events. Follow us on Facebook or see our events page for a complete listing of our upcoming author visits.


We love supporting local, regional authors, and signings are a great way for our customers to meet these often undiscovered writers. Snag some one-on-one time with the new-to-you authors by attending these signings, hosted Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Follow us on Facebook or see our events page for a complete listing of our upcoming signings. (And if you're a regional author hoping to schedule a signing with us, click here!) 


The Entertain Your Inner Nerd series at The Bookshelf is just like going back to school -- only there's no homework involved! This fun, eclectic event series is designed to educate nerds of all kinds in a fun and intimate environment with experts on art, bullet journaling, chess, and everything in between coming to teach their craft. 



This summer, we hosted our first-ever Reader Retreats, weekend-long events designed especially for long-distance bookstore fans and avid readers. We partnered with The Paxton House, a local bed-and-breakfast, and introduced attendees from all over the country to authors and Bookshelf staffers, hosted a live podcast recording, and spent time sharing about books we love. We’re planning four retreats for 2020; dates will be announced in September, so stay tuned!


Every year, The Bookshelf partners with Thomas County Public Library to celebrate literacy with One Book Thomas County. Our entire community reads one book together, and we spend a week celebrating the chosen book and its themes. We’re gearing up to celebrate Thomasville’s own Delia Owens and her bestselling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing.


Looking for a local book club to join? We host an annual book club fair each January to help you find just the right group, but in the meantime, you can find a listing of a few community book clubs here. (A few of them even meet at The Bookshelf!) 


Inspired by another indie bookstore, The Bookshelf hosts in-store dinner parties twice a year in partnership John and Anna Carroll Gregory, owners of Empire Bagel. These Pen to Plate dinners feature delicious recipes from newly-released cookbooks hand-selected by John and The Bookshelf staff. Dinners sell out quickly, and tickets include a copy of the cookbook. 



Annie's a relatively new knitter, but after a couple of classes at Thomasville’s knit shop, Fuzzy Goat, she was hooked. Now, in partnership with Cadence and Fuzzy Goat, The Bookshelf co-hosts Stitches & Stories, an audiobook club designed for local knitters. The group meets at Fuzzy Goat and The Bookshelf (alternating) on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Events bring people into the bookstore who might not normally shop here. They let the community know we’re here to provide books and experiences for everyone.
— Annie Jones, owner




Our weekly podcast, From the Front Porch, is a collection of conversations on books, small business, and life in the South, hosted by Bookshelf owner Annie Jones and staffer Chris Jensen. Each week, we share book reviews and stories from the shop, all recorded from the Bookshelf loft, settled among the streets of downtown Thomasville.

We're nearly 200 episodes in, so catch up with past conversations here. Long-time listener? Consider supporting us on Patreon for bonus episodes and behind-the-scenes content. Follow along our adventures in retail, meet Thomasville's diverse cast of characters, and listen as we share our favorite books of the season.



Get in touch

The Bookshelf is located in beautiful downtown Thomasville, Georgia. We are open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with extended hours for special events and occasional weekends. Questions about the store, or have a book you want to order? Fill out the comment form or send Annie an email. We'll be in touch!

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