Big Blue Marble        Big Blue Marble Bookstore        Big Blue Marble
A neighborhood bookstore for Mt Airy and beyond



Big Blue Marble News

Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31, 6:00pm-12:01am and beyond!
Tonight! Come to the Double Release Party for Snape: A Definitive Reading by local author Lorrie Kim and for the published script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
Costumes encouraged for all! Breaking news: The first 40 people to buy the book will receive a special certificate sealed with a Hogwarts Crest! Schedule and more details on our events page.

While the Walnut Lane Bridge is closed this summer, balance the traffic, the stress, & the mess with our new Big Blue Marble Happy Hours!
1) Every Monday and Tuesday from 4:30 on: Cookies and Milk Happy Hours, featuring Sheila's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies!
2) Every Thursday from 4:30 on: Thirsty Thursdays - Join us, and all of Mt. Airy Village, for free San Pelligrino and soft pretzels in front of the store while the food trucks are on the block and the neighborhood is a-hopping!

Sunny Day Sidewalk Sales Are Here!
As always, we have books on sale upstairs for 25-40% off (see below). And we keep adding new titles -- particularly hardcovers whose paperbacks have just come out! During sunny days through the summer, however, we have mini-sidewalk sales as well! So if you happen by and see books on a table outside, stop and look them over, since they will be on super-sale for $5/hardcover, $3/paperback! And then venture inside, to see what other offerings we might have.

While you're on the second floor for events or browsing, take some time to check out our Sale Books! When brand new books come out in paperback, the remaining hardcovers travel to the sale shelves, where they join other hardcovers (40% off), paperbacks (25%), and picture books (25%). With separate young adult and chapter book sections, along with fiction and nonfiction, it's the one part of the store where books are organized by color. A great place to look for gifts!

Join our Frequent Buyer Club
Keep track of your book purchases, and save on future purchases! See our Book Services page for details. Note: starting April 16, we've added a $10 minimum purchase to count for the card.

We can special order just about anything in print! As always, you can come in and ask, give us a call, or send us email. The address is orders@bigbluemarblebooks.com. We place orders twice a week; titles in stock generally come in the next day!

Welcome!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore is an independently owned bookstore located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. We specialize in progressive and multicultural titles of interest to Philadelphians in general and Mt. Airy-ites in particular: children's books; woman-centered pregnancy and parenting; sustainable living; lesbian/gay, African-American, and Jewish studies; feminist science fiction; literary graphic novels; and smart, fun fiction.

View upcoming happenings on our Events page. Book clubs, Classes, and other groups utilize our Community Room. Please stop by and see what we're all about.

Best of Philly 2007!
Philadelphia Magazine has honored our kids' section with its Best of Philly award. "Like so much of Mount Airy, Big Blue Marble is well thought-out, community-oriented, and full of unexpected delights." --from the August 2007 issue.


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551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

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Mon: 11-6
Tue-Wed: 10-6
Thurs-Fri: 10-7
Sat-Sun: 10-6


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  • Book Clubs

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
    Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm.

    QUEER LITERARY ALLIANCE
    Second Wednesday, 6:00pm.

    MEMOIR BOOK GROUP
    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

    Visit our book clubs page


    Other Monthly Events

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

    New! NOT-BORED FAMILY BOARD GAME NIGHT
    Final Sunday, 5:00pm/7:00pm

    Read our full events listing


    Just for Kids

    BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    SHABBAT STORY TIME
    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

    Read events for kids