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Hipocampo Children’s bookstore.

Gone were the days when children walk a distance to the local bookstore, when children were encouraged to read, and when they had many local reading activities organized by local bookstore owners and libraries.
However, since the invention of the internet, and the e-book technology, these are things of the past.

However, local citizens of South Wedge Neighborhood, Pamela Baillie and Henry Padrón have revisited the days when children of the community come together to celebrate, read, and have fun.

Pamela Baillie and Henry Padrón the local business owners of a bookshop called Hipocampo, yesterday cut a ribbon of the new child’s bookstore with the support of the city of Rochester NY.

The mayor of Rochester Lovely A. Warren expressed that: “It is always inspiring to see our citizens take their ideas to the marketplace and develop innovative business models and looking forward to watching Hipocampo Bookstore grow and thrive in our city and contribute to our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities.”

Pamela Bailie is a grant writer and program coordinator who specializes in reducing health disparities.

In our interview with Pamela Bailie, she said: “Our goal is to develop a space that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds, and We believe that children should be able to find books that both reflect their own lives and give them an open doorway into worlds they may never have fathomed.”

Hipocampo Children’s Books is an independent children’s bookstore that offers a unique collection of books, and they dedicated to selling materials that reflect the many cultures and languages found within the city of Rochester.

Henry Padrón, is a retired Kindergarten teacher, an artist, and poet with over 30-years in the Rochester City School District.

The store is open Tuesday through Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, visit

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