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Cynthia Duprey always wanted to own a bookstore. Growing up, Cynthia spent her summers in her grandmother's library, where she developed a passion for reading. Cynthia has a degree in elementary education. She was a first-grade teacher and she had coordinated a literacy-based mentoring program called "Everybody Wins" at Barre City Elementary & Middle School
In May 2011, severe flooding in downtown Barre forced Cynthia and her family from their home. Cynthia had been running an in-home daycare, and now was looking for new opportunity. When the owners of Barre Books decided to retire from their 17-year-old bookstore, the opportunity Cynthia was looking for appeared.
Next Chapter Bookstore boasts an extensive selection of children's books and educational games and toys. The store carries all genres of books, and is able to order non-stocked titles. Next Chapter Bookstore carries gifts for all interests, including journals, bookmarks, greeting cards, and more.