August 27, 2019

Turning a Page in Camden – Local Book Shops

For many travelers, a vacation simply wouldn’t be a vacation without catching up on their reading. During our normal day to day lives, it can be hard to find time to sit back and lose oneself in a good book. Luckily for bookworm travelers, Camden has you covered.

With a year-round population of 4,850 people, it might be surprising to learn that Camden has no less than three bookshops! Between these three, and a surprising selection at Antiques at 10 Mechanic, you are guaranteed to find something to suit your needs.

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café is located at 33 Bay View Street. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse their fiction and non-fiction selections or grab a coffee and a sweet treat when you need a break from shopping or sightseeing. Visit their website at for a list of upcoming events.

Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop is located at 14 Main Street. They are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and feature a large selection of fiction and non-fiction book with a stationary section for any writing needs.

Stone Soup Books is one-stop destinations if you truly enjoy browsing…think Shakespeare & Company in Paris. This little gem located at 35 Main Street is the perfect spot for those looking for well-priced used books. Tucked away among the stacks and stacks of books is something for everyone. Hours vary so call 207-763-3354 if you’re interested.

Stone Soup Books

Antiques at 10 Mechanic is yet another spot to drop in and look for something to read as you relax on a beach or on a picnic blanket. Antique, leather bound books are located at the back, but many booths have hidden gems, you just need a sharp eye! Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.

Finally, no one who enjoys books should miss a visit to the Camden Public Library. At 55 Main Street this library is one of the most beautiful, in my opinion, on the East Coast. With a panoramic view of the harbor and beautiful Harbor Park, it’s the perfect place to sit and read the afternoon away.

Camden Public Library

Come visit us at Elms of Camden and if you forget to bring a book, you have plenty of options.

James C.
Elms of Camden