Banned Books Essay Contest

Prompt: What book do you disagree with or dislike? Why? Defend it’s publication and distribution. 800-1200 wds. Deadline September 14th. Please email entries to

First place: Publication in Encore, $50.00 Gift Certificate to Old Books on Front St., essay read aloud at Banned Books Read - In.

Second Place: $40.00 Gift Certificate to Old Books on Front St., essay read aloud at Banned Books Read - In.

No Entry Fee. Open to everyone. Teachers: Please consider this for extra credit or as an assignment. Thank you!

National Award Nomination! THANK YOU!!!

We have been nominated for the Women's National Book Association Pannell Award for booksellers who stimulate, promote & encourage children & young people’s interest in books! This is such an honor! Thank you!!!

How can I spend my OBOFS Gift Certificate?

Did you know? You can spend your gift certificates to OBOFS not just on books but also in the Literary JukeBox, The Vend-A-Quote, on pins, OBOFS T- shirts (Both short sleeve and long) and Brodart protective covers! We are sorry, but the gift certificates are non-transferable and can not be used at Sugar On Front St. It is in fact a separate business owned by Samantha Smith. But that is still 6 ways to enjoy your gift!

How well do you know the alphabet? Do you have an hour to spare for your favorite neighborhood bookstore?

Old Books on Front St is finally moving into our new location! Yes, after months of searching and renovation - we are ready to start putting books on shelves!

Give a Life Changing Gift!

The Promise of Peanuts
A real -life fairy tale about a man, a village and the promise that bound them together.

Buy it here:

Profits benefit Jock Brandis' life changing work in North Carolina and Communities around the world.

Bookcases for sale! $15.00 each

Bookcases for sale! $15.00 each
Metal Korean War Era Military Surplus.
Easily adjustable shelving (Need a flat-head screwdriver)
Height: 7 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Depth: 8 in.
These are the same bookcases we painted and cut down to size for the Port City Java Shelves. Easy to paint with a can of metal paint.
For those of you who remember our store, these are the shelves that formed the “W” shape in the back for fiction letters “D-Mc”.
Four cases currently available.

Sugar on Front St: The New Cafe!

In our new home we are being joined by Samantha Smith and her brain child: Sugar on Front St. A cafe Extraordinaire!
To Learn more about Samantha's amazing creations read here:
When walls are roughed in a bit better we will have pictures up. Meanwhile pics are posted daily on our twitter account! @OBOFS

Old Books on Front St. @ Shakespeare on the Green!

Please drop by and visit our table! We will have The Bard and a few of his friends for sale from 6-8 PM and at intermission. We will miss shows the third week of June due to a pilgrimage, but will see you again the fourth week. Big thanks to Shakespeare on the Green for having us and for continuing this wonderful Wilmington tradition. We look forward to it every summer!


While we are without a building…..We are currently stocking bookcases at 10 of the Port City Javas in the Wilmington area. All books are $1.00 each. Nice assortment of fiction, non-fiction, the classics and romances in most locations. We will also be out at Shakespeare on the Green this year selling Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Marlowe, Jonson, those cats….) Please stop by and say hi!

Again a big, big thank you to everyone who moved us into storage. Thank you. The Rohlers

Thank you for a miracle

On Saturday Feb 27th we moved the bookstore in to storage. We (Jock, Austin, Ted and myself) expected to get about a third of the inventory out and into storage by dark.

Throughout the day we averaged 100 people boxing, packing, moving, unloading, dismantling bookshelves and scavenging the city for boxes. Folks Café, Slice of Life and Front St Brewery kept the volunteer crew fueled for an incredible day of work. By 4:15 the store was empty (and looking surprisingly smaller). All that was left were the security mirrors, the signed books, the front desk and some trash.

  1. A Wilmington Institution since 1982
  2. Buying Old Books: The ultimate Recycling
  3. Best African American Literature Selection in Town
  4. Extensive Foreign Language Section: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese
  5. The ONLY bookstore in town to deliver!
  6. Paperback Classics at affordable prices (Great for English classes!)
  7. Incredible Judaica Section
  8. Largest selection of scripts and Theatre/Film books in Town
  9. Where else are you going to find a first edition for under $10?
  10. Bibliophiles rock!