Labor Day Monday September 7, 2015 – from 10 am to 6 pm – drop in to Open Books and help us catch up on prisoner book requests, buy books at our sidewalk sale, and/or give us a donation! We will be putting out hundreds of surplus books for sale on the street – hardbacks $1.00, paperbacks $0.50. Our regular inventory will also be for sale. All book sales go to support the Prison Book Project that sends books on request to Florida prison inmates.
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. Her Opening Reception will be at Open Books on Saturday, September 12, 6:00-9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and live music will be provided by Doug Craft and Glenn Jensen. Click here to read more about Vivian and her art. 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.”