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



Big Blue Marble News

Community Organizing
We at the store, alongside our community, are reeling from the results of the election. We also know we have important resources here: books, writers, activists, and space. Workshops and conversations and organizing events are on their way, including On Fridays We Fight Back! Come join us on Friday afternoons for letters and phone banking! Check the events page and our newsletters (see sidebar to sign up) for forthcoming announcements.
If your activist group wants a space to meet and plan, or wants to provide training, organizing, or skill-sharing, please contact us! We have the third floor community room, which is open all day, and the performance space on the second floor available after hours.

2017 Calendars are here!
Art from Sara Steele and Nikki McClure and Charley Harper...Family organizing from Sandra Boynton...Brilliant vistas from Ansel Adams...Planners from Moleskine and the Sierra Club. August to August and January to January. We also have Advent calendars. And more!

Sunny Day Sidewalk Sales!
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 (and beyond), 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

    POETRY IS NOT A LUXURY BOOK CLUB
    Fourth Wednesday, 7:00pm.

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
    Newsletter Continuing!

    Visit our book clubs page


    Other Ongoing Events

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:15pm.

    ON SUNDAYS, WE WRITE!
    First and Third Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm

    New! ON FRIDAYS, WE FIGHT BACK!
    Fridays, 2:00-6:00pm

    Read our full events listing


    Just for Kids

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

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

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
    Thursdays, 4:30pm.

    Read events for kids