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Let’s Play Books! is an independent neighborhood bookstore located in the beautiful, historic Borough of Emmaus, in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.

Even before our shop opened, Let’s Play Books!  worked to foster a sense of community. Today, we host over 100 in-store events each year, serving as a dynamic cultural center and resource for the neighborhood.  Our ever-expanding and devoted customer base hail from throughout the Lehigh Valley. We also partner with many community organizations and schools for offsite events. 

It’s been almost three years since we opened our doors, and our bookstore is at a critical moment in time. We are relocating (just down the street) to a larger space – a place that our experience tells us will be a perfect new home for our community bookshop. Our goal is to make our business sustainable, and we believe we can in our new location. However, the move is a big step up for us, and the growth comes at an expense.

Many  of our customers have offered to help us over the years, emotionally, physically and financially.  We are moving very fast and hope to raise these funds in the next few weeks.  Thank you for your friendship, your consideration and your time! 

Individual donations

$30 - Family Member
1-year family membership to the bookstore. 

$55 – Two-Year Family Member
2- year family membership to the bookstore.

$125 - Front Porch Friends 
You will add your family signature to the whimsical drawing of the original Let's Play Books! building, created by local artist Lauren Kuhn. Your donation will include a 2-year membership and invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November. 
$300  –Book Lovers  (12) - SOLD OUT 
The staircase to the 3rd floor will be painted to look like books (2017). Your name will adorn your favorite book! Your donation will include signing our art piece, 2-year membership and invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November. 

Individual or company

$1000 - Genre/Age Sponsor 
You choose your favorite age/section to sponsor. Your donation will go directly to building that section.  Your name will be added to a plaque in the shop. Your donation includes a 2-year membership,  two 1-year memberships to give as gifts, and an invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November.
Children's - taken, Middle Grade - Available, Teens- Available Adults - Available 

$2500 - Community Room Sponsor (1) - UPDATED! 
Our new location will have a dedicated community room that will be used for bookclubs, writing sessions,  meetings, and parties - and more! When not scheduled, the room will serve as a place for after-school homework, and quiet time for writers. Your donation will include a wall plaque dedicating the space,  a dedicated website page, logo placement on our newsletters (all), and 5 x 1 year memberships to gift.  
- If the donation is made by an individual or family, it will include a life-time membership. 

In-kind donations

Companies and/or professionals interested in assisting our expansion are  invited to contact the owner to discuss opportunities.
We are especially in need of:
*wall paint and paint supplies
*picture framing 
*signs, printing and marketing material



  • Mary Catherine Laverty Erdman
    • $55 
    • 7 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $55 (Offline)
    • 7 yrs


Kirsten Yauch Hess
Emmaus, PA

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