Open Books Bookstore and Prison Book Project is a non-profit business, but we are not currently a 501c(3) organization as determined by the IRS. Because of this status, we cannot get grants from funding sources who require 501c(3) status for recipients. We have decided to move in this direction and need your help to cover the costs of preparation and registration with the IRS and the State of Florida. We have established a GoFundMe project to raise money for this purpose and we would appreciate your generosity. Click here to donate!
If you would like to volunteer at Open Books, consider coming to our weekly book packing night, Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. We are also seeking additional volunteers for two regular shifts and intermittent fill-in shifts when regular staff is sick or can’t work at the store. If you would like to join our happy collective and volunteer at Open Books, please contact us (850-453-6774 or email us).
Open Books features artwork by local artists on our walls. September and October, our artist is Vivian Spencer. Click here to read more about Vivian and her art. Next month we will host a show by Carter A. If you are an artist and would like to have an exhibit at Open Books, contact Doug Craft.
We have lots of interesting and reasonably priced used titles and are open every day from noon until 5pm.
We mail books on request to inmates in Florida correctional institutions, and have an open invitation Book Packing every Wednesday night at the store. During a typical month, our volunteers pack and mail around 150 packages of books to inmates at a cost of $500 to $550. We welcome your donations of money, time, and clean used books. We always seem to need paperback dictionaries and thesauri. You can donate money to Open Books using the orange DONATE button to the right.
Open Books also hosts a wide variety of cultural events, including lectures, art openings and exhibitions, plays, musical performances, films, poetry and book readings, and neighborhood festivals. All of these activities are open to the public and many are free to the community. Contact us to discuss and schedule your event, and check our calendar for upcoming events. If you are on Facebook, drop by our profile and “Like us.”