Thanks to the success of our Angela Davis fund raiser, we now have money to catch up on mailing of our backlog of prisoner book requests. Come to Open Books on Sunday, April 19, from 10 am to 6 pm to help us pack books. If you can’t make it to the Pack-a-thon, drop in to our regular evening book packing at 6pm. The last Monday evening packing will be April 13 – we will be shifting the regular book packing night to Wednesdays following the Pack-a-thon on April 22. We also need lots of additional paperback books to mail to prisoners, so please drop off your surplus paperbacks at the store during regular hours, noon until 5pm. We always need paperback dictionaries, suspense, westerns, and thrillers.
We are also seeking volunteers for 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).
You may have noticed that Open Books features artwork by local artists on our walls. Through the end of April, you can see photographs by Bill Mertins. Starting May 1, our next artist will be Cleoparta Redbird who will have her work displayed during May and June. 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 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.”