The Book House of St. Louis, Missouri, is leaving for bigger, better things. Booted out of her rented historic home at 9719 Manchester Road in Rock Hill after nearly 30 years, owner Michelle Barron found a welcoming – and more visible - spot in the nearby Maplewood community. All books are on sale 40-70% off at the Rock Hill location to help clear the shelves for the big move. The Book House utilized every niche in its old Victorian Gothic home, creating a floor-to-ceiling 2-story maze that delighted many a book lover, so moving will be a big job. Volunteers are wanted to help pack and move boxes to a truck behind the house any time during the upcoming week of September 16-25. Call the Book House at 314-968-4491 or just show up.
This Saturday, September 21, the book sale joins a yard sale, featuring donated used furniture, housewares, and other items. Donations are still being accepted. Call Chris at 314-962-7486 or the Book House for more information or to donate. All proceeds from the yard sale will support the Book House construction fund on Indiegogo. The shop’s new Maplewood location at 7352 Manchester has been unoccupied for a few years and needs repair and renovation, so the shop will be in a front area of the building and slowly expand as repairs are made. The Book House is also looking for generous booklovers willing to donate their carpentry, painting, and other renovation skills.
Many small businesses forced to leave lower-cost locations struggle to find new affordable sites. Fortunately, the Book House has benefited from support from its patrons and others near and far who love book stores, led by Robin Tidwell of All On the Same Page Bookstore in Creve Coeur with a Save the Book House Facebook page, but more funds are needed. Even patrons who have moved away from St. Louis have been vocal in support of their old haunt – perhaps literally, since a young girl ghost is rumored to occasionally make herself known in the old house. Not for long, the house is up for demolition pending city board approval of storage facility plans for the site.
Saturday evening the “top secret” Banned-Book Party starts around 8:00 p.m. with beer, music by local bands and the presence of banned books. Banned Book Week, celebrating the freedom to read, is September 22-28. Call the Book House for details of the party location. Suggested donation is $5 per person.