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I missed this article when it first came out. Kate and I talked for over an hour, and she's delightful.acpsk12.org/theog...
12/15/2020
Twenty Years in Old Town – Theogony

I missed this article when it first came out. Kate and I talked for over an hour, and she's delightful.

acpsk12.org/theogony/2020-2021/2020/11/20/twenty-years-in-old-town/

News Twenty Years in Old Town November 20, 2020 Beloved Used Bookstore, Book Bank, Permanently Closes Kate Casper Following a wave of small business closures in Alexandria throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the beloved secondhand bookstore, Book Bank, closed its doors for good. Book Bank joins the...

We’ve loaded up most of the remaining stock and shelves to go to The Company of Books, but we still have some left! Can ...
09/29/2020

We’ve loaded up most of the remaining stock and shelves to go to The Company of Books, but we still have some left! Can you help us finish up today and tomorrow? Come by and help haul things away!

1. We have books with no homes! Want some for yourself, to donate, to add to the local Little Free Libraries? Please come and take some books!

2. There’s no room for this giant desk anywhere! Does anyone have a home for it? It comes in three parts, so it can also be broken up.

Main desk: 66 inch x 30 inch (30 inch height)
Side desk: 49 inch x 24 inch (30 inch height)
Hutch: 66 inch x 30 inch (12 inch height)

3. Various bookcases are available! They are a bit beaten up, but sturdy. We have a few smaller bookcases (30-70 inch tall), and several taller bookcases (80-85 inch tall).

4. We have three desk chairs left, one wheeled.

5. We have three desk lamps left.

We would like to be all cleared out by Thursday morning!

We’re all unlikely to get COVID-19 from packaging for deliveries - just wash your hands after removing the packaging, an...
04/03/2020
Are food deliveries and groceries safe during coronavirus pandemic? Yes, experts say

We’re all unlikely to get COVID-19 from packaging for deliveries - just wash your hands after removing the packaging, and don’t touch your face.

Stay healthy, stay safe.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/health/food-safety-groceries-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

Now that restaurants are being closed down for dining in, it leads to the question: How safe is it to get takeout, delivery or groceries from the store in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic?

We are closed at present, to maintain social distancing, but we also want people to have books available while stuck in ...
03/29/2020

We are closed at present, to maintain social distancing, but we also want people to have books available while stuck in isolation (as well as survive as a business, of course). You can contact us by email or Facebook messenger, as we’ll be checking both regularly during the day. We have a few options available, if you need books:

1. We can set up an appointment time for you to come in and shop (we have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer available).

2. You can ask us to check for specific books for you. If we have them in stock, we’ll let you know.

3. If you feel adventurous, you can give us a genre or topic, and we can put together a mix of books for you at whatever price you set for us.

For the last two options, we can either 1) schedule a pick up, 2) drop the books off for you if you’re local, or 3) mail the books if you’re further out. We can call you and accept a payment over the phone, or we have a paypal account.

These are strange times. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy…and keep reading.

–Rachel Baker (owner)

03/14/2020

An update about the coronavirus:

We are currently still open. We have hand sanitizer by the register for employees and customers to use, and are watching updates on the situation. If the city/county recommends closing, we will do so at that time.

All employees have been notified that they can stay home if they would prefer; I will make sure they are still financially covered for any missed shifts.

We are a small business with limited revenue, but it helps no one if we aren’t doing our part to keep our employees and customers healthy and safe.

And unrelated to COVID-19: We are not buying any books next week in the store; we are slammed with books to process, and need a little breathing room to catch up. We’ll resume our usual buying policy on Wed, March 25th.

—Rachel Baker (owner)

We’ve had a few people call to see if we have any copies of Dean Koontz’s “The Eyes of Darkness,” probably because of th...
03/07/2020
Was Coronavirus Predicted in a 1981 Dean Koontz Novel?

We’ve had a few people call to see if we have any copies of Dean Koontz’s “The Eyes of Darkness,” probably because of the rumor online that he predicted the COVID-19 outbreak happening. It’s not a real prediction, though. Sorry.

(Also we don’t have any copies of the book at present. Sorry again!)

A speculative anticipation of a possibility is very different than a 'prediction.'

03/01/2020

We will be closed Tue-Wed next week, March 3rd-4th, due to a death in the owner's family. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We will be open on Thu, March 5th, for our regular hours.

The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That's Still Hilarious
01/07/2020
The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That's Still Hilarious

The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That's Still Hilarious

In the Spring of 1979, Bunnicula hit shelves. And it stayed there. And it stayed there. And it stayed there. For forty years, Bunnicula has endured. Despite the ways in which the lives and interests of young readers have shifted since 1979, it remains a perennial favorite. Why? Wha

Prepping for the holidays!
12/06/2019

Prepping for the holidays!

Doesn’t stop us from buying new books, though. We need a healthy backlog to choose from!
10/18/2019

Doesn’t stop us from buying new books, though. We need a healthy backlog to choose from!

Monday, October 14th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and we’ll be open 11am-6pm for the holiday!
10/12/2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Wikipedia

Monday, October 14th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and we’ll be open 11am-6pm for the holiday!

Indigenous Peoples' Day[1] is a holiday that celebrates and honors the Native Americans and commemorates their shared history and culture. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter...

We will be open Monday, Sept. 2nd from 11am-6pm for the federal holiday.It isn’t exactly fall yet, but that doesn’t mean...
08/28/2019

We will be open Monday, Sept. 2nd from 11am-6pm for the federal holiday.

It isn’t exactly fall yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for fall activities!

HOW CUTE IS THIS?!Sorry, spooky. We meant...how spooky is this. Ahem.
08/27/2019

HOW CUTE IS THIS?!

Sorry, spooky. We meant...how spooky is this. Ahem.

Eighteen. Years. WOW.
05/24/2019
Anniversary Sale!

Eighteen. Years. WOW.

Book Bank has been open for EIGHTEEN YEARS! And we’re having a sale to celebrate! If you spend $25 or more on books, you receive 25% off your entire purchase! Additionally, select categories …

Stopped by Old Town Books to meet up with the folks behind 24in48 Readathon, and, well
02/04/2019

Stopped by Old Town Books to meet up with the folks behind 24in48 Readathon, and, well

We’re tentatively planning to be closed tomorrow, Sun, Jan 13th. If the snow isn’t too bad, we’ll update here and open t...
01/12/2019

We’re tentatively planning to be closed tomorrow, Sun, Jan 13th. If the snow isn’t too bad, we’ll update here and open the store. Otherwise, we’ll be home, reading – hopefully you all are able to do the same!

Every day, at least one person says, “I love the smell of books!” as they walk in the door.comic by Sarah's Scribbles
01/12/2019

Every day, at least one person says, “I love the smell of books!” as they walk in the door.

comic by Sarah's Scribbles

“Take every single book into your hands and see if it sparks joy for you.”Okay, that makes sense.“Make sure you don’t st...
01/11/2019
Perspective | Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo

“Take every single book into your hands and see if it sparks joy for you.”

Okay, that makes sense.

“Make sure you don’t start reading it. Reading clouds your judgment.”

Um...but that’s the point of books...

I used to have a neat system for books. That changed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A Readathon sounds like the perfect event for winter!
01/10/2019
Snacks, Stacks, & Community: Readers share how they #24in48

A Readathon sounds like the perfect event for winter!

Every few rounds of 24in48, we update our How To Readathon: #24in48 Style post. But since we did that this past July, this year we wanted to do something different. We talked to some of our bookter…

Two customers today, brother and sister, both young children.He bought her a button with his Christmas money, and she dr...
12/29/2018

Two customers today, brother and sister, both young children.

He bought her a button with his Christmas money, and she drew us a picture.

What a lovely visit!

‘The Last Man In Europe’ - Dennis GloverWe know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this novel about t...
11/27/2018

‘The Last Man In Europe’ - Dennis Glover

We know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this novel about the creation of George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ really caught our eye.

#bookoftheweek #dennisglover #thelastmanineurope #georgeorwell #georgeorwell1984

Our new book display.A library of immigrants - These authors were born outside of the United States but spent significan...
11/10/2018

Our new book display.

A library of immigrants - These authors were born outside of the United States but spent significant portions of their lives here. Most became U.S. citizens.

It’s the holiday season! There are a few days where our hours will be different than usual:Mon, Nov 12th: OPEN 11am-6pm ...
11/03/2018

It’s the holiday season! There are a few days where our hours will be different than usual:

Mon, Nov 12th: OPEN 11am-6pm for the federal holiday (observance of Veteran’s Day)

Thu, Nov 22nd: CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Mon, Dec 24th: OPEN 11am-4pm for Christmas Eve

Tue, Dec 25th: CLOSED for Christmas Day

Tue, Jan 1st: CLOSED for New Year’s Day

Need some tasty inspiration for #meals with your little ones?We have you covered! #bookofthweek #babyfood #toddlerfood #...
10/16/2018

Need some tasty inspiration for #meals with your little ones?
We have you covered! #bookofthweek #babyfood #toddlerfood #mealtime #yummy #books #toddler #baby #bookbankalexandria #bookbankoldtown

Previous colorful display: Orange you glad you found a bookstore?Current colorful display: Have you red these books?Sugg...
09/20/2018

Previous colorful display: Orange you glad you found a bookstore?

Current colorful display: Have you red these books?

Suggested future colorful display: These books blue us away!

Never-going-to-happen-but-the-pain-must-be-shared-somewhere colorful display: When people see a bookstore, indigo!

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Rock My World
09/12/2018

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Rock My World

(y) Fantasy and Sci-Fi Rock My World

What Your New Roommate’s Favorite Book Says About Them
09/04/2018
What Your New Roommate’s Favorite Book Says About Them

What Your New Roommate’s Favorite Book Says About Them

Ah, the first day of college. You obtain a cheery map and find your way to your dorm room. You are either the first or the second one there. Your parents are with you, or they are not. You have pro…

We’ll be open Monday, September 3rd for the federal holiday, 11am-6pm.Come by and see the new books, including these bea...
09/02/2018

We’ll be open Monday, September 3rd for the federal holiday, 11am-6pm.

Come by and see the new books, including these beautiful leather-bound Easton Press editions!

We wanted to do this, but it just wasn’t happening this time around. Summer is busy in a bookstore! But we’re going to t...
07/22/2018

We wanted to do this, but it just wasn’t happening this time around. Summer is busy in a bookstore! But we’re going to try again in the winter.

HOUR. TWENTY-FOUR. We are halfway through this #24in48 readathon and you guys are KILLING IT. Seriously. We’ve got prize winners from the Hour Zero Intro Challenge and the Hour 18 Challenge up on 24in48.com. Meanwhile, hosts @kristenlcoates and @kerryamchugh have shuffled off to do their own reading and I’m taking over for the next 9ish hours or so. Whose still with me?
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Happy Pride!
06/08/2018
15 Books With Bi Main Characters To Read This Pride Month

Happy Pride!

June is finally upon us, which means it's Pride Month: time to celebrate everything about being LGBTQIAP+! Bisexual and biromantic people often get overlooked, both inside and outside the q***r community, so I've picked out 15 books with bi heroes an…

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1510 King St
Alexandria, VA
22314

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Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm

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(703) 838-3620

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