Paragraphs Bookstore

Serving the readers of Knox County, Ohio since 1996


We sell new books for readers of all ages and interests.  

Stop in to browse and get reading recommendations from our staff.

Visit us in historic downtown Mount Vernon at 229 S. Main Street


  In addition to our large selection of books, we carry greeting cards, unique gifts, and toys from Melissa & Doug. 

Our bookshelves are always stocked. WiFi is available. Our children’s section is ready for young readers.  


Feel Free To Shop Online or Visit Us In The Store



Attention Paragraphs Customers:

To all Paragraphs Customers,

We are pleased to report that our website is secured against the Heartbleed bug. As an added precaution we ask that returning customers change their account password at this time. Please simply log into your account and change your password.

Thank you for your continued support!

Paragraphs Bookstore Staff 

Children's Art Class

Calling All Little Artists:

Stop by Paragraphs on Saturday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m. to take part in our collage-making art class.  Please call us at (740) 392-9290 for more information.

Richard Cowdrey!

Join us at Paragraphs Bookstore on Wednesday, April 16th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. as we welcome New York Times best-selling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey.


Author Laurel McHargue is Coming to Paragraphs! - April 9th (4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

Author Laurel McHargue, a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy, will present a book talk and signing at Paragraphs Bookstore on April 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

When McHargue resigned from the Army as a Major, she believed that teaching middle school English would be a walk in the park. After her first day with students, however, she knew that she had underestimated her new charges.
Over the course of her first year of teaching, she kept a journal of the struggles that she, her peers, and her students experiences in a public education system that favors statistics over students.

Years later, when a new member of McHargue's writing group asked, "Who will do NaNo WriMo with me this year," she asked what it was (National Novel Writing Month) and then agreed to participate. Digging out her journals, she began the process of fictionalizing a year that changed her life.

"My novel Miss? is written with love, humor, compassion, and exasperation," says McHargue, who presents an insider's view of the issues that teachers in schools across the nation are too afraid to discuss openly for fear of recrimination, and provides a glimpse of the challenges facing today's students.

Laurel McHargue was raised in Braintree, MA. After attending Smith College for three semesters, she then went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy in 1983 with the fourth class to include women. Her constant quest for
adventure landed her in Leadville, CO where she has taught and currently resides with her husband and German Shepherd. Laurel has co-edited Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Stupid Kid(Publishing Syndicate), has several short stories in other books in the series, and has three stories published in Colorado Central Magazine. She blogs at www.leadvillelaurel.com.

For additional information about this event, contact Lois Hanson at Paragraphs Bookstore, 229 S. Main Street., Mount Vernon, (740) 392-9290, paragraphs@earthlink.net. 


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