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



Come Meet Ohio Author, John Becker

Please join us at Paragraphs Bookstore on October 10th, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for a booksigning with local Ohio Author John Becker.


Local award winning author, John Becker Ph.D. will be joining us at Paragraphs Bookstore October 10th, 2014. Along with his twenty eight books, and numerous magazine articles, Becker brings his experience of being a teacher, a college professor and a Columbus Zoo administrator to all his discussions and book signings. In the past, he has also worked as an Executive Director of the International Society for Endangered Cats, leading him to the knowledge necessary for two of his most popular books, Wild Cats: Past & Present, and Mugambi's Journey. Doctor Becker currently resides in Delaware, Ohio, and teaches writing at the Thurber Writing Academy in Columbus. 

Paragraphs Mid-Summer Sale!

Be sure to stop in the store July 14th - 19th!

Mid Summer Sale

Author Visit with Sandra Walker

Sandra Walker, author of Little Merchants, will be visiting Paragraphs Bookstore on Saturday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Walker began the newspaper carrier project to honor her brother's memory, since as a child he delivered the Mount Vernon Daily News in Ohio. Discovering abundant stories of paperboys, she expanded the project across America to interview hundreds of silver-haired paper-boys and girls. 

Copies of Little Merchants are available at Paragraphs. Please call us at (740) 392-9290 with any questions.

Sandra Walker 

Margaret Peterson Haddix is Coming to Paragraphs!

New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Peterson Haddix, will be visiting Paragraphs on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. She will be available to sign a variety of her books for kids and teens during this time.

If you are unable to attend and would like us to reserve a signed copy for you, please give us a call at (740) 392-9290.

For more information on Margaret, please visit her website at http://www.haddixbooks.com


Margaret Peterson Haddix



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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