Wareham is getting its first bookstore in years and it will pop up just in time for the new school year.

Believe it or not, people out there, myself included, still enjoy reading books. Yes, the kind that requires you to turn physical pages. So, you better believe I was excited to hear that Barnes & Noble is opening a new location.

Deborah Hanks, director of public relations for the longtime chain, has some insight.

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Barnes & Noble is set to open at Wareham Crossing in early August, she confirmed.

"We were so glad when this opportunity opened up to us," Hanks said. "Every community needs a great bookstore and we are excited to create one here in Wareham."

Hanks said the store will likely host a local author on site the week of the grand opening.

Barnes & Noble already has a store open in Dartmouth, about a 25-minute drive away. This will be different, Hanks said.

"This store gives us the opportunity to show off our new store design," she said. "Both the fixturing and furniture will be different from Dartmouth and will include book rooms with soft seating. "

Good news, book fans. Hanks also hinted that Barnes & Noble plans to open quite a few locations in the region.

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