Cynthia Duprey of Next Chapter bookstore in Barre stands in front of her building, smiling, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans

A Success Story: Cynthia Duprey, Next Chapter Bookstore, Barre

As a girl Cynthia spent summers in the library where her grandmother worked. An elementary educator and avid reader who also coordinated a literacy-based mentoring program, Cynthia jumped at the chance to own a community bookstore – and Community Capital enthusiastically provided Cynthia with funding to support her vision= and bolster the retail economy in downtown Barre. Next Chapter carries all genres of books and ordering non-stocked titles. Gifts of journals, bookmarks, greeting cards, and more complement an extensive selection of children’s toys and games in the bright and cheery space; events include a weekly story time as well as book signings where readers can meet their favorite authors. The bookstore is complete with a children’s reading nook in the shape of a treehouse and comfortable chairs.