Notes from the Shire: Book Angels

The Northshire Bookstore Book Angel program is our decades-old tradition of ensuring children in neighboring communities receive the gift of a new book during the holidays, children who might otherwise not own a book or have books available to them. Many of our customers have made this a yearly tradition of their own, coming into the store to choose books or to make a monetary donation to this much loved program.

Book Angels started in Manchester many years ago to bring books to local children who may not receive a book for a holiday gift. We are excited that we can continue this program in Saratoga Springs, and include all 6 of the Saratoga public elementary schools, both the Maple Ave special-ed classes, and Schuylerville Elementary. 

We partner with local schools to identify children who would benefit from this program. The students are selected by their librarian or teacher to receive this hand-picked book, and for many children this may be the first book that is their very own to keep forever.

The first names, ages, and interests of children are put on our Book Angel Trees. During the holiday season, customers are invited to pick a book angel tag from the tree and donate for a specific child or children. Our Children’s Booksellers are here to lend their expertise to fulfill requests. One can also make a monetary donation in the bookstore or online. 



Book Angel trees are put up in both of our locations, Manchester Center, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York during the holidays. Donations are accepted year-round, in our bookstore and online. We guarantee that every child of the hundreds on our lists will receive at least one new book, wrapped and delivered to the schools before the holidays.


Another season of Book Angel giving has begun! 


Chris Linendoll is the off-site sales manager at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Daily 10am-6pm
Directions to Manchester

Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Daily 10am-6pm
Directions to Saratoga Springs