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 manager
Melanie Botts is a volunteer and manager of The Friendly Bookstore. She was appointed to the position in January 2021, replacing long-time manager Jo
As such, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store. Her job includes seeing that the store is adequately staffed; purchasing supplies; and dealing with other business matters as they arise. She also manages the sale of books on eBay.
Melanie is in her ninth year of volunteering at the bookstore but has a long history of volunteering in the community. She has worked with Boy Scouts,
Girls Scouts and several Parent-Teacher Organizations, including RPTO which oversees all PTOs in the Rogers School District.
Melanie also makes time to garden, knit and read. She said she values hard work, diligence, reliability and friendliness. She and her husband Joe, have two children, and live in Fayetteville.
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.