Reston, VA

scrawl books/Credit: Scrawl Books via FacebookReston has been without a bookstore dedicated to new books since Barnes & Noble closed its doors in early 2013.

As of today, Reston has a bookstore again. Scrawl Books, an independently owned shop, opens Monday at Reston Station’s Urban Pop pop up stores.

Reston resident Rachel Wood, a longtime library employee, has been working on the Scrawl Books project for more than a year.

“We have had [books] coming in the last month or so, and I will have daily restocking from my vendors,” said Wood. She said the store will be at Urban Pop “until we are ready to go somewhere else.” She is still looking for longterm — and bigger — space.

Urban Pop is a row of small (about 100 square foot) retail spaces that Comstock is opening — starting today — on the Reston Station plaza. The stores will be a “curated mix of shops and artisans “that would be of benefit to commuters,” said Comstock spokeswoman Maggie Parker.

Scrawl Books will be open 3-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Wood said Scrawl will hold a “petite” grand opening on Saturday (which is also Small Business Saturday). There will be readings/book signings with Leesburg author Maria Gianferrari (Penny & Jelly: The School Show) at 11 a.m. and Retson author Terry Catasús Jennings (Sounds of the Savannah) at noon. There will also be food from Greenfare in Herndon. Visit Scrawl Books’ website for more information.

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