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Books Again moves once more

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Lisa Dunlap Photo Books Again board member Melinda Gonzalez, left, and volunteer Molly Cooper are preparing the bookstore’s new location at 308 N. Richardson Ave.

Books Again, a popular bookstore in Roswell, is moving.

The store is expected to open at its new location at 308 N. Richardson Ave. sometime in July, said board member Melinda Gonzalez.

Books Again is operated by the Friends of the Roswell Public Library nonprofit, which was first created in 1982. This will be the third location for the book and media materials seller. It started in 2009 at 404 W. Second St., where it was housed for seven years, before moving to its current site at 200 W. Second St. in October 2016. The new store is just a few blocks north of the current location.

Gonzalez said the move is prompted by an expensive problem involving the property’s sewer lines that started about March, around the same time when state orders closed most businesses and offices. A plumber estimated it would cost about $25,000 to fix the problem, so the bookstore decided it needed a new spot.

Right now, Gonzalez and the other four board members, as well as the organization’s 30 volunteers, are working at both the current and new locations. At the new store, they are installing and painting shelving, moving materials and preparing the space.

“It is very convenient for us because we do get the library books, discard books from the library, and we are just across the alley from the library,” said Gonzalez. “And we are adjacent to the Library Park, and we are hoping to have some activities there. We are just brainstorming on what we can do at that park.”

She also said that the proximity to the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum, also on North Richardson, is fortuitous, and thinks there might be opportunity for joint activities.

For the past three weeks, the current bookstore location has been on an abbreviated schedule, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gonzalez said customers are asked to wear face coverings.

Because the group wants to sell or give away as many books as possible before the move, they are selling books and media materials for $1 a bag to the general public Thursday. Friends of the Library members can receive items for free. Everyone, whether a member or not, can pick up items for free Friday and Saturday, after which the bookstore will close for its relocation.

Gonzalez added that no donations are being accepted right now.

“I bet I get 10 calls a day from people wanting to donate books, and I tell them just hold off until we are in our new place. Then we’ll start taking donations,” she said.

A grand opening probably won’t occur for a few months, Gonzalez said.

For people eager to support the store or get materials before Books Again reopens, Gonzalez said they sell materials online on Amazon and eBay.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.