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Hope for the Holidays

At The Book House we believe in making a difference in our community. We are affiliated with several charities and assistance programs throughout the St. Louis area and our hope is that you will join us in our efforts to make some positive differences in others’ lives.

The Book House, in conjunction with The St. Louis Bookstore Alliance ( has begun its annual book drive this season. The book drive, called Hope for the Holidays, will provide books for the residents of Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter on 1000 North 19th Street in St. Louis. Gateway 180 ( is the largest 24-hour shelter for single women and families in the state of Missouri. We encourage our customers to purchase a book from a participating store and donate it. Members of the Alliance will gift wrap and deliver the books to the shelter just before Christmas. We believe that books will provide the residents of Gateway 180 with some much-needed joy this season. Books are sharable, inexpensive and allow us all to dream of something beyond our circumstances.

Also, The Book House accepts donations year round for Second Chapter Life Center (, a program founded  in 2006 which is based on a need in the community for youth and young adults requiring supervision and assistance to have meaningful, inclusive opportunities, sense of belonging, care, community and guidance.   A portion of all proceeds from these books goes to help fund these programs.   You may bring your used books to The Book House any time during regular business hours.  Please be sure your books are clean, and in very good condition, and  in boxes or bags. If you have more than ten boxes of books to donate, please call ahead and let us know at 314.968.4491.  We also accept cash donations for Second Cahpter and for the Hope for the Holidays program.

Additionally, The Book House  and your book donations benefits   the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition (,  a non-profit agency, founded in 1989 with the support of the United Way of Greater St. Louis that offers many supports to foster and adoptive parents, including support groups, training, advocacy, newsletters, two resale shops, crisis intervention services, and the Little Wishes program. The Book House recently made a donation to the Little Wishes campaign to help buy gifts this holiday for children in foster care.

The Book House is also collecting canned and non-perishable food items for Rock Hill Ministries and St. Louis Area Foodbank    and, in conjunction with Second Chapter Center, has adopted three local families to help pay utility bills, food, rent, clothes, and christmas gifts for the holiday season.  We  are accepting food donations through Dec. 20th  as well as cash donations.

By buying at The Book House, you are joining us in supporting our community and making St. Louis a better place to be.

Also be sure to stop by  for our Annual Holiday Open House and book sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 9, 10, and 11 and book signings by   John S. McFarland, M.R. Sellers, Ray Sigler, Maxine Prochnow, Megan Barr and Marilynne Bradley! There will be free refreshments, raffle and entertainment, and all books will be on sale!                   

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Why Buy Books From an Independant Bookstore?

With the holidays coming and not a lot of money to go around, there is one gift that never loses its appeal: a good old-fashioned book. While many products in this rapid-changing digital era will be outdated by the same time next year, books continue to charm us, inspire us, and entertain us. Whether we read for pleasure, education, or escapism, we love to read, and that’s why books still make perfect gifts for the holidays. But this year, before you bust out your wallet and start spending, take a moment to consider where you’d like your money to go.

While the majority of money spent at large chain bookstores goes straight into the pockets of the major chain business owners, buying from an independent bookstore offers a lot more to the community. Listed below are the top ten reasons why you should consider shopping at your local independent bookstores this season.

1. By shopping at an independent bookstore, you keep your dollars in our economy. For every $100 dollars you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When spending at a national chain, only $43 dollars stay in the community.

2. You embrace what makes us unique. A large part of the joy of shopping at independent bookstores is that they each have their own personalities. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

3. You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

4. You help the environment. Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources by using less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and using products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.

5. You nurture your community. Studies show that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of major chains.

6. You conserve tax dollars. Shopping at a local business means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – in your community!

7. You create more choice. We pick the books and gifts we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.

8. You take advantage of our expertise. We are your friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

9. You invest in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship is what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local businesses ensures a strong community and creates opportunity.

10. You made us a destination. The more interesting and unique we are a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

Keep these reasons in mind this season as you go about your holiday spending, and if you’re a St. Louis local, don’t forget about Hope for the Holidays. As part of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, we at The Book House encourage you to purchase a book to donate to Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter. For more information, go to:

Also, be sure to check out our website at: or stop by at 9719 Manchester Road, for great deals and more upcoming holiday events!

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Mamma Mia!


Stop by the Book House on 9719 Manchester Road, St. Louis, Missouri to register for your chance to win two tickets to Mamma Mia! at the Fox Theater on Tuesday, November 22nd!

Drawings will be held Saturday, November 19th.

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