Welcome to Read Between the Lynes

Read Between the Lynes is YOUR hometown bookstore. We are proudly located on the Historic Woodstock Square, keeping our focus on convenience, community and you, our customers. Stop by! We can't wait to meet you!


Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Saturday, December 3rd

Kid's size Hot Chocolate for $1 all day long

Polar Express Storytime at 10:30 am

Our Polar Express storytime was such a hit last year, we decided to do it again! Arlene will read the timeless story about a little boy's train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Save 15% on the book when you purchase a copy for your own storytelling or gift giving on Chrismas Eve!


Meet Tom Willcockson

Author and Illustrator of Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1860

December 3rd — 1:00 pm

Before there were planes, trains, and automobiles, there were waterways and canals to carry goods and passengers from the Midwest to a larger world far away.  During the mid-19th century, mule-drawn canal boats by the hundreds travelled a liquid superhighway called the Illinois & Michigan Canal, an economic thoroughfare that spurred the growth of  towns like LaSalle, Ottawa, and Joliet along its banks, in addition to helping found the now-famous inland port city called Chicago.

Woodstock’s historic author and illustrator Tom Willcockson, who began his career at Chicago’s Newberry Library, worked closely with I&M Canal Corridor Association colleagues to recreate the sights, sounds, and challenges encountered by a family-owned canal boat on a journey from LaSalle-Peru to Chicago, just before the advent of the Civil War.  Tom’s well-researched and gorgeously-detailed maps and illustrations in this 84-page family-oriented book provide fascinating insights into a way of life, and means of commerce, few of us can imagine today.


Jim May Christmas Stories

Saturday, December 10th — 1:00 pm


Jim May returns for another year of spreading Christmas cheer. He will delight us with wonderful Christmas stories for all ages, including his selection in the anthology Christmas in Illinois. Come grab a yummy hot drink and settle in for a festive time!



Meet Author M.E. May

Sunday, December 11th from 1 to 3 pm

Signed books make a great gift! Pick up a signed set of M.E. May's Circle City Mysteries just in time for Christmas!


Note: This event was previously billed as "The Diabolical Dames." Unfortunately Sue Myers is unable to attend, so the event will be led by M.E. May.


About Unscrupulous, the latest release in the series:

Christmas is only a week away, but not all is merry and bright for Sergeant Brent Freeman and his partner, newly promoted Detective Anne Samuels. They find themselves facing more than a homicide when they discover the victim's five-year-old daughter, Maricella, is missing. When suspicion moves to human trafficking and gang involvement, the FBI sends in two of their best to assist in the investigation.

In the meantime, two people who insist her mother didn't want her anymore have transported a terrified little Maricella out of state. Fortunately, she finds solace in two older children. These two soon realize their captors are prepping Maricella for organ harvesting. Their main goal becomes to protect her at any cost, even if it means running away in the snow and bitter cold temperatures of December without any knowledge of the area where they're being held. 

Can Maricella's newfound protectors get her out of the house and to safety before the doctor decides she's a transplant matche? Will Brent discover where these unscrupulous persons are hiding the children before it's too late?