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Special Announcement: 

Dear Friends,
In light of recent announcements, we are sorry to report that we have made the difficult decision to close the shop March 17th-April 7th. As a community space, Afterwords Books wants to take a responsible approach to protect the most vulnerable members of our little bookstore family.
Our core business is families with young children and, as such, we are acting in response to the local school, restaurant, and bar closing announcements. In order for social distancing to be effective, we must all do our part to stay home whenever possible in the coming weeks. Our family is also joining the ranks of the suddenly homeschooling population!
Remember, you can now shop online at http://bookshop.org/shop/afterwordsbooks and have books and puzzles shipped directly to your home.
Additionally, our friends at Libro.fm are supporting independent bookstores even more so in the coming weeks by putting forth a special offer that benefits your local bookstore by granting 100% of each audio book sold! Just another way you can support your community bookstore from afar: https://libro.fm/afterwordsbooks  

As always, gift cards are available to purchase. Send us a message on Facebook or give us a call at the shop, Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-1pm, to make payment arrangements and we’ll happily send your gift to your recipient along with a personal note from you!

Admittedly, this closure will no doubt find us weathering the financial strain that comes with operating a small business like ours. In the best of times, we operate on a shoestring budget, but we’re confident that, with the continued support of our wonderful community, sunnier days are ahead and we will bounce back.


poster_eat_sleep_read_local_20032013_152958Afterwords Books is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and affordable books to the Edwardsville, IL area.  We are extremely grateful to our long-time customers who make up our little bookstore family.

We offer events for children and adults, including story times on Tuesdays & Saturdays, Chapter Chatter (a book club for ages 7-9), Bookworm Buddies (a book club for ages 9-12), and monthly book clubs for adults. Check out our storytime and events pages for more information.

60% off used hardcovers, 50% off used paperbacks, ALWAYS!! Ask about our Trade For Credit program.

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We’re honored that our customers named us one of the top 25 independent small businesses, nationwide, of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, AND 2017!  Thank you, we love you too!!
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Afterwords Books is a proud member of the American Booksellers Association.

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