Drop in and explore our eclectic collection of used books, and find a title you can read outside in this wonderful spring weather!
We are always seeking volunteers to for our regular Monday evening book packing for the Prison Book Project. If you would like to join our happy collective and volunteer at Open Books, please contact us (850-453-6774 or email us). With the spring comes grass growing, and we are also currently in need of a working lawnmower. If you have a lawnmower you can donate, please let us know.
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. 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.”