HENDERSONVILLE — For the first time in its 64-year history, the Friends of the Henderson County Public Library has opened a bookstore.

In the past, the Friends raised about $100,000 a year through two book sales. The money was used to support the library system and branches with the purchase of books and equipment and sponsorship of programs. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, both sales were cancelled this year.

The new bookstore is in the same building where the sales were held – 1940 Spartanburg Hwy in Hendersonville (next to Dollar General). The bookstore is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from noon – 4 p.m.

The public is welcome and members of the Friends get a 10 percent discount on all purchases. (You can join the Friends at the bookstore). Anyone can donate books, CDs, and DVDs at the store, but only during the hours it is open.

“We are very excited about the new store,” said Jan Aplin, a long-time Friends volunteer and the bookstore manager. “We had a limited opening in October, and we have seen a steady stream of customers ever since.” The bookstore is averaging more than $1,000 a day in sales.

As with the book sales, everything at the bookstore is in excellent condition. Books are shelved by author or subject so they are easy to find, and books are restocked throughout the week. The store also sells CDs and DVDs.

The bookstore follows health guidelines. Anyone entering must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizers are available. When the store is busy, shopping is limited to 30 minutes.

Except for the bookstore manager, the Friends is an all-volunteer organization. There is a need for more volunteers to help at the bookstore. It is a great way to meet people who love reading while also helping to support our library system.

E-mail or call to learn more about the bookstore and volunteering: email bookstore@fotl.info, call 828-513-5115 or visit www.fotl.info.

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