The Friends of the Library Used Bookstore teems with books pungent with living memories. The moment you pass through the aged wooden doors the scent of books ancient and contemporary envelopes you in a familial embrace. Row upon row of worn library stacks run the length of the building, stuffed with tomes of every subject. Volunteers dart in and out of stacks, arms loaded with newly consigned pieces that require cataloging, while patrons roam the available floor space looking for a much-needed addition to their growing collections. The outer walls of the building themselves show the dedication that a few loyal people have for the place as they slowly continue to work on the ever-evolving mural spanning the length of the bookstore.
As captivating as this building is, most people do not know that it exists. The nondescript bookstore sits off the main road running through town, virtually lost to the blaring car horns and squealing brakes that are the byproducts of congested traffic. Corporate bookstores such as Barnes and Nobles and Hastings have found their homes, as most growing businesses do, along the main interstate that commuters use to travel to their destinations every morning and night. As a business out to make money, this works perfectly. Friends of the Library Used Bookstore does not have such a luxury. As a donation-based institution, it is incapable of growing beyond its walls. It survives off the dedication and loyalty of the small number of people who know it to be a unique place. As long as there are people looking for more than a simple story, Friends of the Library Used Bookstore will continue to bring history alongside literary entertainment.