Did you celebrate Independent Book Store Day recently?  Well, there is always time to celebrate these charming and important members of our Upstate New York business communities.

During the commemoration of Independent Book Store Day, these businesses welcomed customers in with free gifts, live book readings with popular authors, complimentary food and refreshments, book sales, and other "enticements" to get you in the front door and to come in and look around for a book!

In the past, we have celebrated the larger book stores found in Upstate New York.  The big ones, if you will, in places like Albany, Kingston, Ithaca, Buffalo, Syracuse, and other larger cities.  In this gallery we give a collection of the "little guys" their chance to shine in the spotlight.

All of the independent books stores featured in this gallery call smaller communities home.  They range from the "biggest," Oswego, NY. with a population of about 17,000, to a teeny tiny book store in the Northern Catskills.  Believe it or not, this little wonder is a book store that people travel well over 100 miles or more to visit and it is in a gorgeous rural hamlet of less than 400 residents!

They are all wonderful, and are worthy of your to stop by.  Anytime.  Not just on Independent Book Store Day!

And, remember, if your small, favorite book store didn't make our list, be sure and give it a shout out over on our Facebook page.  We want to hear from you!

Tiny But Awesome Book Stores In Upstate New York!

With Independent Book Store Day now in the rear view mirror, this gallery looks at a collection of the best (and smallest) of them all in Upstate New York. We have looked at the large indie book stores in Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, etc. in previous galleries'. But this one is for the little guys. The book stores range in communities with a high population of 17,000 to a hamlet with a teeny tiny population of under 400 residents. And they are all great!

10 Reasons Why We Love the Mohawk Valley

Upstate New York's Mohawk Valley covers about 6,000 square miles. It is a beautiful region of the Empire State with an incredible amount of history to it. The fall is a perfect time to visit this relatively small section of New York State.

Read On! A Lucky List of 13 of the Best Hot Wing Restaurants in Central NY

As an Upstate New York travel writer I am on the road in the region some 30-40,000 miles a year. And along the way I have stopped at hundreds of places to eat over the last 15 years. Now, my go to meal is always Italian, but...if I am not in the mood for a full sit-down meal I am always good for a bowl of hot wings in a tavern or inn. Here are 13 of the best wing joints in Upstate New York. I have kept the big chains and franchises off the list although they are for the most part excellent (places like Dinosaur BBQ, or Tullys). This list shines the light on smaller, independent, out of the way places that often get missed in the "Best of..." contests and polls, and yet are truly putting out some epic wings. Try them out!