Spring is here and Open Books is the cool place to visit. Come browse our selection of used books at low low bargain prices. All book sales go to support the Prison Book Project that sends books on request to Florida prison inmates.
Thank you to everyone who came and packed books today during our Spring Book Pack-A-Thon on April 19. We made significant progress on our prisoner book request backlog. If you would like to volunteer at Open Books, consider coming to our weekly book packing night Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. We are seeking additional 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 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.”