If you have visited us already, thank you! You will want to come back and check out our new inventory and the latest developments in the shop's decor. (We have curtains up - no more late afternoon sun glare!)
Open Tues-Sun 12-5pm
Store Phone: (215) 315-8588
84 Bethlehem Pike, Philadelphia, PA 19118
We are pleased to welcome up to 10 guests at a time, and thank you in advance for wearing a face covering and abiding by our Covid protocols and other store policies.
Our all-volunteer staff appreciates your consideration.
The Friends new, used bookstore, Hilltop Books, is almost ready for it's Grand Opening!
This past weekend the Friends hosted 30+ volunteers for a "very soft" launch. The purpose was to test the point of sale system, pricing strategy and other issues with folks who will be “working” at the store, prior to opening to all Members, and the general public. Feedback from the weekend was extremely positive over all.
The shop’s first “official” customer, Sachiyo Searles, summed things up nicely: “it was very obvious that your volunteers have put in many hours of loving care and hard work in preparing for your opening. The bookstore is small but intimate and warm, a lovely place for people to gather and engage in a favorited activity: browsing, buying and reading.”
The Friends are happy to report, they do take credit cards, hours will be by appointment, so no one will be rushed while browsing, and they will be able to welcome up to 7 shoppers at a time under current Covid guidelines.
Some additional items are still needed for Hilltop Books to be completely kitted out. The Friends have put together an Amazon Wishlist delineating many of these items.
If anyone would like to purchase any of these items, they are invited to click below for access to the Wishlist. The Friends are most grateful for the support of the community!
Please help us establish a permanent store at 84 Bethlehem Pike to sell donated books. This new location will give the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library an opportunity to replace some of the revenues that used to be generated by the weekly used book sale in the Community room of the Library.
Income from selling donated books will be used to support the Friends in promoting literacy in our community, supporting the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and to save treasured books otherwise destined for the landfill.
As you can imagine it takes a lot of people working together to launch and maintain a used bookstore. We have a location. And we have a committee of Board Members working to make the store a reality. But we need your help.
We anticipate recruiting an experienced bookstore manager to oversee the operation, but there is a great deal of work to be done by volunteers: planning, promoting, advertising, meeting with community organizations, collecting books donations, setting up an inventory database, sorting donated books, shelving books, creating or managing special collections, assisting customers with book selections, working as a cashier, greeting customers.
And once open, we will need volunteers to work short shifts at the store.
If you want to be involved as an important part of this exciting, new Used Bookstore Project to serve the Northwest Philadelphia Community - please let us know who you are and what you feel you can do to help.
The Friends are Planning to Establish a Used Bookstore on Bethlehem Pike.
The Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library have been working to find a way to replace the weekly used book sale that the Friends operated for years in the Community Room of the Library. It was a great place to donate books. A great place to buy gently used books at great prices. And an outstanding way for the Friends to generate income to support our efforts.
Now we have a solution and we invite you to help Please help us open our new store at 84 Bethlehem Pike to sell donated books. This permanent location will give the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library an opportunity to replace some of the revenues that used to be generated by the weekly used book sale in the Community room of the Library.
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84 Bethlehem Pike, Philadelphia PA 19118
Store Phone: 215-315-8588