Cape independent bookstores; loans for seniors, free bike

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Cape Cod has 23 independent bookstores

Dear Write to Know: I recently moved to the Lower Cape and would love to find out where the best bookstores are in my area. Also, how many indie bookstores are on Cape Cod? Thank you.

C.M., Orleans

Dear C.M.: We suggest you start with Sea Howl Bookshop, 46 Main St., Orleans, for new and used books. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can check them out at Another great bookstore is The Brewster Book Store, 2648 Main St., which specializes in books, games, puzzles, unique gifts, etc. In the off-season, hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During July and August, the store’ hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their website at According to a recent Cape Cod Times article, there are23 independent bookstores on Cape Cod. Happy book hunting!

Seniors seeking low-interest home loans

Dear Write to Know: My wife and I are looking to renovate our house and would like to know if there are low-interest loans for seniors. Thanks for your help.

G.J., Mashpee

Dear G.J.: Mass Housing offers loans for homeowners to refinance your mortgage, apply for a septic system repair loan or a home improvement loan. The interest rate on all HILP (Home Improvement Loan Program) loans is 5% with loan amounts ranging from $7,500 to $50,000 with loan terms of 15 years. Borrowers must meet income eligibility limits. The house must have been your primary residence for at least one year and potential borrowers must have good credit and stable income. For more information, visit or call 1-888-843-6432. You might also want to contact your local senior center for help. The Mashpee Senior Center can be reached at 508-539-1440.