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Ugly Dog Books Supports Creativity and Reading in Attleboro

Ugly Dog Books is about more than just books.

Kim Ward Storch had worked in education for more than 15 years before opening Ugly Dog Books in Attleboro. Although she is no longer working at a school, the teaching bug has stayed with her.

Last year, Ward opened the book store located at 75 Union St. While big chains like Borders have closed, she's keeping her background in education alive and well at the shop.

"I just wanted more to offer for the store," she said. "I wanted to have a place for people to show their creativity and get themselves noticed."

Prior to opening Ugly Dog Books, Storch owned Maple Street Learn & Play Preschool & Daycare and worked in a preschool classroom. Now, she leads writing workshops at the shop for people of all ages and does story time with young children.

"I explain a bit of imagery [to the students] using it in their stories," she said. "They pick a prompt, like baby shoes. They're sitting somewhere, who put them there and why type of thing."

She said she wanted to work in some form of education, but preschool wasn't what she wanted to do anymore.

"My love has always been writing and reading, but I needed to quit," she said. "It was really loud for 15 years with little kids ... This is definitely my passion. I drive to work happy every day."

Storch has been writing since she was a child, and self-published the book Footprints in the Snow last year. She said she is also working on a new book.

The store features local artists and authors every month and sells homemade honey products from Attleboro resident Lisa Nason and jewelry from Wrentham resident Donna Mareau Hopkins.

Along with a used buyback program and a book ordering system that doesn't charge shipping and handling. She said every month the store chooses three local charities to receive donations that come from a portion of the sales.

She said she donates to Saint Joseph's Food Pantry every month, as the location has a special place in her heart because her father started it.

Ugly Dog Books is located at 75 Union St. in Attleboro. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Duff White January 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Kim has created a place that is fun for kids of all ages, relaxing and worthy of not only a visit but regular visits. Our son has participated in several of the Ugly Dog creative writing workshops to have fun and his teachers are really impressed at his progress this year. Kim encourages better writing by having kids more fully develop the characters they are writing about and the storyline starts to evolve organically. In an age where book stores are being shut out by online, this locally owned store is growing and helping the community. Stop in and see the big things offered in this little store!
Angela Ferreira January 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I had no idea I was a writer until I met Kim at her delightful store! Her writing workshops are so much fun. I love to read which brought me into the store and her selection is fantastic and if she doesn't have it she will get it for you quick. This store is the best kept secret in Attleboro and has contributed greatly to the revitalization of our downtown. I'm so happy that this store opened right here in Attleboro!
Ann Marie Friedman January 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Kim works very hard and truly loves what she does. Ugly Dog Books is such an asset to Attleboro! A great little book store and the kind of business we want to support. Kim is always open to new ideas! If you have shopped here...what are you waiting for?
Bert Buckley March 25, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I am a huge fan - we love the shop, and my children are proud "graduates". We always pop in and purchase - but more importantly, love to stop in and say "hi" to these wonderful friends. Kim and Kurt are truly wonderful friends - and UDB rocks... The ENTIRE Buckley family.. :-)

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