Our independent bookstores have fallen like dead leaves off a tree in the past couple of years, and we lost our beautiful bookstore in Hayesville, NC where I live.
Well, today I found a terrific substitute for Phillips and Lloyd. The Friends of the Library bookstore
is now in the main library building on the corner of Main and Tusquittee, and it is set up with everything neatly displayed and marked clearly. Within minutes I had found three books, May Sarton's At Seventy
, published in 1984, Daughter of Fortune
by Isabel Allende, an Oprah Book Club pick, and another how-to book on cutting carbs. All three books cost 8 dollars.
|Interesting display of books in Friends of the Library store|
|You'd never know this was a used book store|
|I like the warm and welcoming entrance on Main Street|
Most used bookstores are dusty and cluttered, and the books are not well-organized. But this book store where the profits go to the library itself, is pleasant and I didn't want to leave. There was even a group of books on the craft of writing. The children's section is filled with books that kids love. A little girl was there today and she seemed to be completely absorbed by what she found.
I can't wait to have time to browse this store for an hour or two. I don't feel so deprived now that I see we do have a bookstore in town and it is decorated nicely with plenty of light. Congratulations to our Friends of the Library volunteers and the library staff who are responsible for this improvement to our town.