Open Books says goodbye to our friend and volunteer, Barrett White, who will be leaving Pensacola in March. Thanks, Barrett for your service! We offer a big welcome to Miranda Cummings, who will work the Thursday shift, and Helen Hudson, who will serve as our floater. We are always seeking volunteers to for our regular Monday evening book packing. If you would like to join our happy collective and volunteer at Open Books, please contact us (850-453-6774 or email us).
You may have noticed that Open Books features artwork by local artists on our walls. Starting March 1, we welcome Pensacola photographer Bill Mertins who will be displaying his creative work the months of March and April. If you are an artist and would like to have an exhibit at Open Books, contact Miranda Cummings.
We have lots of interesting and reasonably priced titles and are open every day from noon until 5pm. Open Books is a non-profit collective run completely by volunteers, and all proceeds from donations and book sales go to support the Prison Book Project.
We mail books on request to inmates in Florida correctional institutions, and have an open invitation Book Packing every Monday 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.”