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Second Time Around Books

"Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth. It's hard to leave a bookstore any day of the year, though, because a bookstore is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them." -Jane Smiley

Bookstores are the heart and soul of communities. In his novel American Gods, Neil Gaiman says, "What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul."

At Second Time Around Books, we believe that providing the community with not only a place to purchase books, but a place to go and talk about those books, interact with other readers, and plug into their community.

Second Time Around Books is a bookstore with a purpose. All proceeds fund from Second Time Around Books fund our literacy programs. Because we are stocked by donations from the community, our selection is eclectic and includes novels, textbooks, biographies, vinyl records, and more.

We believe that providing the community with access to affordable books is a part of our mission, and we keep our prices as low as possible.

Donation Guidelines

Second Time Around Books is stocked through donations from the community. While we love receiving donations, we cannot accept everything. If you are considering bringing a donation to Second Time Around Books, please take these guidelines into consideration.

Second Time Around Book Club

The Second Time Around Book Club is a time for readers in the community to gather together and talk about what they have been reading lately. We do not assign books, but ask participants to come and share about the last book that they read. This makes our book club easy to jump in and out of, because new members never feel left out because they haven't read the assigned book. If you are interested in attending the next meeting, check out our event calendar.

2015 Reading Challenge

This year's Reading Challenge, also known as the Leave Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, encourages you to leave your reading ruts and try out new books. You can learn more at our Goodreads page.