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Spotlight: Oblong Books & Music

Spotlight: Oblong Books & Music

Celebrate National Unplugging Day by visiting a local bookstore!

Since March 5th-6th is celebrated as National Unplugging Day, we wanted to focus on a business that sometimes gets overlooked in our digital world, your local book store! Find time to get away from your electronics and the internet for a while this year and visit the Oblong Books and Music store in Rhinebeck New York. Support a local bookstore and prove that books cannot be replaced by technology. Physical books are a great way to entertain people of all ages without the need for a screen or monitor. Discussing what you read with your family and friends can also promote healthy conversation and active minds—something that can often get lost during the typical day.

With two locations, one in Rhinebeck and one in Millerton, NY, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Founded in 1975, they showcase a vibrant children’s book & toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff.  Oblong takes its name from a historic district created when the colonies of New York and Connecticut each conducted surveys to establish a border 20 miles from the Hudson River. The surveys, done in the late 1600s, differed by nearly two miles. Both states laid claim to this strip of land, extending through Dutchess County south to Westchester County. Because of its long, narrow shape, this territory was called “The Oblong.” For decades “The Oblong” was an outlaw territory where neither colony had reliable legal jurisdiction.

This Friday and Saturday, why not use National Unplugging Day to unwind, destress, and treat yourself to a great book and awesome music from Oblong Books & Music!!

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