The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books winds up our Spring Poetry Series on May 18th-  we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring- join us and be enriched!


May 18th at 7:00pm:   

POETS: Amy Nawrocki, Cortney Davis, Emily Carney and  Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Free Digital Audiobooks from and Byrd’s Books

Audiobooks give you the ability to listen to great books, anytime and anywhere. Byrd’s Books has partnered with to offer monthly memberships and a special Bookstore Day offer on Saturday, April 28th, to thank you for your support.

Independent Bookstore Day offer includes 5 free audiobooks + two samplers including the #1 Indie Next Pick, Tangerine by Christine Mangan. Create your account now so you will be ready to get your free audiobooks on April 28th…then come celebrate with us at the store!

Learn more about Independent Bookstore Day and share this offer from Byrd’s Books with your friends and family here .

Holiday Hours

We are open Friday and Saturday April 30th and 31st from 10:00 – 6:00. Sunday we are closed to allow staff to celebrate Easter with family. We will resume regular hours Tuesday April 3rd at 10am. All the very best holiday wishes to those of you who celebrate.

Bluebird Houses

Do you want to know how to maintain bluebird houses? Do you want to know why? Learn why bluebirds can be your most wonderful feeder friend without a huge amount of effort. Byrd’s Books welcomes Kate Pratt on Tuesday March 20th at 7:00pm from the Audubon Society at Bent of the River to explain how to attract bluebirds and how to maintain their houses. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

Light refreshments will be served. Related books will be available.

Bethel Community Earth Day Saturday April 21st

Join our Bethel community on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as we celebrate Earth Day by coming together to build and support a healthy environment.

The Bethel Community Earth Day event, which will be hosted on the lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center, will include local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, craftspeople, farmers, animals and animal lovers, and others who are dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet.

Bethel Community Earth Day will be a day for fun, learning, growth, and community-building for people of all ages. It is co-sponsored by the Town of Bethel, Bethel Parks & Recreation, and the First Congregational Church of Bethel.

Byrd’s Books will host two craft tables throughout the day: one for making bookmarks and the other for making bug pictures with stickers!

The town’s merchants will have special programs and offerings throughout the day, including a passport for raffle prizes!

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 28th

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, refreshments, kids events, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

On Saturday April 28th, all day, we will have special merchandise and store specials throughout the day in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. The is a Connecticut-wide bookstore passport for $500 worth of prizes (see below).




Also, will be giving away FREE digital downloads to folks who visit us during the day- wow!! Learn more HERE

ALSO, as part of the celebration of the day, Sharon Struth will do a book signing of her latest book, Willow’s Way from 1:00-2:00pm.

About the book:

Willow Armstrong, the once-famous “Queen of Weight Loss” and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of options-until she learns she’s inherited a house in England’s most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds….

About the author: 

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs. To pre-order the book, click HERE.

In addition, Harmony Verna will be here at 3:00pm to discuss and sign her book, Beneath the Apple Leaves.

About the book:

After a tragic accident leaves a young railroad apprentice severely injured, he leaves Pittsburgh with his aunt and uncle to start life anew on a rural Pennsylvania farm.

About the author: 

Throughout her twenty‑year career in communications, Harmony Verna has worked with all media facets: radio, television, magazines, newspapers, public relations, advertising and marketing. As a freelance writer, she has written scripts for the Food Network and articles for Modern Bride Magazine, Connecticut Woman Magazine and more. Daughter of Australia was a final round selection for the James Jones First Novel Contest. Verna lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband and their three young boys. To save a spot for this author talk, click HERE.


In addition, Connecticut Bookstores have a scavenger hunt that could get you a total of $500 in gift certificates to Connecticut’s bookstores! Visit 15 of the 20 store in two days to get qualified!!

Click HERE for the passport and have two days of fun!

Art Exhibit with Polly Castor through Valentine’s Day

You are invited to view the art at Byrd’s Books by Polly Castor. This exhibit will be up through Valentine’s Day.

About the artist:  Polly is a Christian Science Practitioner, an Artist, a Photographer, a Poet, a veteran homeschooling mother, a wife, a cook, a thought leader, a traveler, a nature lover, a reader, a peacemaker, and a former Structural Engineer.

Shop & Sip

Do you like to shop for the holidays at the last minute? We’ve got you covered!
Enjoy a relaxing evening of shopping and sipping….wine or soda….and we will wrap your purchases for you. So, join us on Friday (12/22) evening any time between 5pm and 8pm and we will take care of your last minute shopping needs. Oh, and did I mention that you will have in-store specials for just that evening at the same time?
Click on the link to register so we have plenty of refreshments on hand…thanks.

Holiday Hours

Our Holiday Hours are:

Sunday 12/31: 12-3pm

Closed New Year’s Day (private event in the store)

We resume regular hours on Tuesday January 2nd.

Of course our online ordering is open 24 hours-a-day and ALWAYS 20% off ALL titles. Need a digital audiobook? We have them with– and it works on all devices! Want to order a book for store delivery? Click the tab on the top right side of the page!







About The Great Backyard Bird Count in the Year of the Bird!

Do you want to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count? Would you like to find out why it is important? Join us on Tuesday February 13th at 7:00pm to learn about and prepare for the bird count that takes place from February 16-19th. Kate Pratt from the Audubon Center at Bent of the River will help us understand just how important this is to the future of birds in our area. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

*How is the information from the GBBC used?
Bird populations are constantly changing. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to keep track of the complicated patterns of movement of species around the world. The information from GBBC participants, combined with other surveys, helps scientists learn how birds are affected by environmental changes.  Read more…

Two great articles in the News Times by Robert Miller helped give background on the movement to help our bird friends. One article is on the Bird Count and the other discusses how birds and other animals manage to survive in cold weather.

Also, it is the Year of the Bird according to National Geographic Society! We are all-in to celebrate birds….or Byrds….:-)

We will have related books in stock for the event. Light refreshments served.