A DEDICATED BUNCH
"There's nothing better than being immersed in books alongside folks that also love being immersed in books."
- Melanie Botts, Friendly Bookstore Manager
about the friendly bookstore
The Friendly Bookstore is an all-volunteer non-profit operated by the Friends of the Rogers Public Library.
The store first opened in 1984 when there were books left over from a sale. The 1114 W. Poplar Place site is the fourth location of the store. The store was initially located at 200 W. Poplar St., before moving down the street to 206 S. Second St, then to 401 N. Second St., each time to a larger building reflecting the support the community gives the store.
The store is stocked with donations from individuals and the library. Over the years, the store had added games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, VHS, and greeting cards to the merchandise offered at bargain prices.
Proceeds from bookstore sales include support for the library’s:
Lunch and Learn Programs
Summer Reading Club
Student eCards – Cards are given, free of charge, to all students in the Rogers School District. These cards allow access to the library’s online resources, including databases and downloadable or streaming resources.
The bookstore, on a case-by-case basis, has provided books to local organizations working in the area of literacy, and to libraries and schools which have been devastated by natural disasters.
Meet Our Management
Vickie Busse is in charge of the workroom staff.
She also curates the historic fiction and biography/autobiography sections. She is a retired teacher and library media specialist.
Arleen Doyle is in charge of the clerks and checkout area.
She also oversees the religious/inspirational fiction area. She previously worked in early childcare and after-school childcare.
Bill Keeling is operations manager.
He also is in charge of the paperback mystery section. He is retired from Walmart IT and worked with his wife for many years in the children's ministry of their church.
The Friendly Bookstore has two rooms customers may use at no charge. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis and may be reserved by calling 479-246-0533, or ask about availability at checkout. Rooms are only available during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
This cozy, two-person room is perfect for a tutor and student. It includes a desk and two chairs. It is located in the nonfiction area.
This room seats up to 10 people. Small book clubs or craft groups will find this the perfect setting to enjoy their hobby and each other. Please note: there is no kitchen access available.