What’s going on with you guys? The FAQ:

What happened to the building?
Right now, January 19, the building is officially condemned. It is not condemned for demolition.
The front façade is leaning from the building. Neither Gwenyfar nor Lloyd are engineers. We are both Liberal Arts Majors. However, you can see that the façade is leaning out. For the safety of pedestrians and our patrons the building and the sidewalk have been shut down.
Is this because of the construction?
Again neither of us are engineers. Therefore, we are not qualified to answer that question.

Old Books on Front St. temporarily closed

Old Books on Front St. is temporarily closed due to structural safety concerns. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We have just been given notice to vacate the building. At this point we do not know how long the repairs process will take. We plan to reopen in the same location as quickly as possible.

Please vote for us!

It’s that time again.
Please Vote Old Books on Front St. for “best local book store” in Encore Best of Wilmington contest. Best of Wilmington ‘10!

Coloring Stories for Conscious Children

Coloring Stories for Conscious Children is a collaborative artistic project resulting in two soft-cover coloring books including the artwork of Sullivan Dunn, Wendy Kowalski, Michal & Nikki Wisniowski, Michael Webster, Brian Sillman and the writing of Joel Finsel.


Please Vote Old Books on Front St. for “best local book store” in Encore Best of Wilmington contest. Best of Wilmington ‘09!

In addition, we more than quality for the 25 years or older category - we have been family owned and operated since 1982!!!

So here is the official plea for your vote:

1. As stated above Family Owned and Operated since 1982 (or as we like to say it: “Connecting good people with good books since 1982”)
2. Largest selection of theatre and film books and scripts in the city

Hours of Operation Changes.

We will now open at 11 AM mon, tues, & wed. We are sorry for any inconvenience. However, Gwenyfar has exceptionally long hours those 3 days - usually staying at the store until 9 PM or later. She cannot maintian this pace. For her physical & mental health (not to mention the stability of the store) it has been decided that we will open on hour later these days. Hours thurs. through sun. remain unchanged. Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for understanding.


It has been way to long since I posted an update, and I am sorry ya’ll. It is just that I have been so busy with all the changes in the store, I just haven’t had time!
What changes you ask?

Well, to begin with Cousin Lee (many of ya’ll remember her from last summer) is home from her first year of college. She is holding down the front desk during the week so that I can try to wade through this mess. I am still trying to get through the 300+ unopened boxes of books. Nevertheless, I AM going to get them cataloged and on the shelves.

Super Kiiids! African American Literary Celebration and Tellin’ Tales all come to Old Books!

We have officially kicked off a new era at Old Books on Front St. All the renovation work to make events possible has come to fruition. This week saw the premier of Story Time, Knit Wits and Open Mic!

Post - Renovation & 2 shameless plugs

Can it really be February already? Please come by and see the new shelves! We replaced bookshelves on 2 walls and we have added rolling carts in the front of the store in order to have our much – longed for events. Which brings us to the next topic: please look at the new calendar on the website. Who knew we had so much happening here?

Chaos Dateline: The Holidays

So, our first Retail Holiday Season is drawing to a close. To say we have learned a lot is, I think, the understatement of the year. The push to re-organization continues: we will close on Jan. 3rd to replace the south wall of bookshelves. At this time we plan to reopen the 17th of January. (We hope it will be sooner!) To all you allergy sufferers out there, you will be happy to know that we are also going to steam clean the carpets after the new shelves are installed. As many of you know, there are approx 300 boxes of books in storage that I have never even seen.

  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!