Rogers’ Friendly Bookstore set to move

ROGERS — The Friendly Bookstore is moving.

“We are thrilled to announce our move to larger premises in downtown Rogers,” said Melanie Botts, Bookstore Manager.

The organization has leased property at 1114 W. Poplar Place. Located three blocks west of South Eighth Street, the building once housed a pediatric clinic and recently housed Palmer Violin, according to a press release.

The Friendly Library is a project of the Friends of the Rogers Public Library. Proceeds from used book sales support the library and its programs, according to its Facebook page.

“We will more than double our space, which will give us more opportunities to raise funds to support the library and its programs,” Botts said.

The volunteer-run store will expand the offerings, and Botts hopes to organize more activities, working with the library and other community organizations, she said.

The move will require changes to operations, according to the statement.

The last day of operation at the current location, 401 N. Second St., is March 1. Donations cannot be accepted at either location after Monday. There will be a half-price sale throughout the store on February 25-26 and March 1. Sale does not include collectibles, requests or bagged books. The bookstore will not fill requests while it is closed, the statement said.

The reopening date will be announced on the friendlybookstore.org website and on the store’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“We hope to reopen at the end of March,” Botts said. “This is an exciting time for our volunteers, and we look forward to sharing it with our customers as soon as possible.”

In over 20 years of operation, the all-volunteer bookstore has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the library. The money paid for the summer reading program, computers, furniture and services like Tutor.com, according to the release.

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