Twice Sold Tales at the New Location on Route 64. TST’s move to the Unique Mall more than doubled its previous shelf space.
It has been 2 years since Twice-Sold Tales (TST), a non-profit used bookstore run by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL), began its efforts to help fund the Lanark Public Library. The FLPL, which was formed in 2005 to promote and provide financial support for the Lanark Public Library (LPL) and its programs, held sales of used books at various locations, often in conjunction with other FLPL fundraisers, like Pie on the Porch.
The unsold books were stored in the Hart Building, which later became the City of Lanark Municipal Building. Marcia Clausen ran occasional sales out of the building until early 2011.
Kipp Meyers, a local attorney, donated his empty office space at 100 S. Broad Street for what was planned to be a giant, one-day sale on April 10, 2011, in conjunction with the FLPL’s Rally ‘Round the Library, which kicked-off a fundraising drive for a new library building. Unexpectedly, many patrons asked when the “store” would be open again.
After Meyers offered to donate the space to the FLPL on a continuing basis, co-chairs Denise Krysiak and Carol Kruzek opened the bookstore for regular business hours April 25th, and held a Grand Opening on May 7th, 2011. TST expanded in September of 2011, when the Lanark Community Club moved in shelving donated by the Lanark Public Library, doubling the existing shelf space.
The photo at right was taken during TST’s 1st Anniversary at 100 S. Broad St.
When Meyers expanded his offices, Rosemary Flikkema donated space in the Unique Mall, a consignment area that is part of her business, The Special Touch. While moving to the new location, the store was closed for only a month, while members of the Lanark Community Club, the FLPL, the Library Board, students from Eastland High School, and area residents moved the books and shelves.
TST re-opened on February 1, 2013, and will hold a Grand Re-opening Wed. and Thurs., March 8 and 9. In honor of its second anniversary, Twice-Sold Tales is holding a clearance sale--hundreds of books by popular authors are 50% off regular prices.
The store, staffed entirely by FLPL volunteers, offers thousands of gently used books, audio books, music, videos, puzzles, and games donated by area residents. All genres of books are available; an extensive nonfiction section is organized by topic, and a collection of books labeled Vintage Volumes has copyrights ranging back to 1875.
In support of the community and especially its children, prices at TST are kept low, with most children’s books priced at 10¢; regularly priced hardbound books are $1 and paperbacks are 50¢ or 3 for $1. A selection of nearly new books, called Creme de la Creme, are priced from $2 to $5.
TST is located at 504 IL Route 64, in Lanark; it is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday. To date, TST has brought in $8,700 for the LPL. Last February alone, TST added 1,000 titles.
All proceeds support the LPL, as well as its goals and activities.