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A Book Lover's Guide to Waco

on Sunday, 31 May 2015. Posted in To Do in Waco

A Book Lover's Guide to Waco

Waco has been seen its fair share of rain over the past few weeks, ruining countless plans for outdoor fun and forcing Texans to remain indoors. While some see that as a punishment, the book lovers among us see a rainy day as a gift, providing the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate and escape to another world.

If you are in need of a good book, or a place to spend a rainy afternoon, check out some of these book spots around Waco!

The Waco Friends of the Library will have their annual Mini Book Sale on June 5-6 to help you stock up for summer reading! Browse through a great selection of used books, primarily from the fiction genre (bestsellers, westerns, mysteries, romance), young adult novels, early chapter books, and kids' picture books. With most books priced at $1.50 or $2.00, you can fill your book bag! The sale will be held at the West Waco Library (located at 5301 Bosque), from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on June 5-6.

Also, mark your calendars for the 53rd Annual Waco Friends of the Library Book Sale, to be held November 5-8, 2015. This is one of the largest used book sales in the state, offering more than 110,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and more, and is the library’s biggest fundraiser every year. For more information, visit: http://www.wacofriendsofthelibrary.org/

If you can’t wait till June, you can always browse the amazing selection at Golden’s Book Exchange, located at 3112 Franklin Avenue. This hole-in-the-wall used book store is the kind of place you could easily spend a rainy afternoon browsing through their three rooms of floor-to-ceiling shelves. The selection changes almost daily, so you really never know what you’ll find, but with a great selection of comic books, romance, horror, westerns, mysteries, history, biographies, cookbooks or science fiction, Golden’s has something for everyone. Their book-loving staff will also be happy to provide recommendations and help you find the perfect book anytime between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Don’t have room for any more of your own books? Visit one of the beautiful historic libraries on the campus of Baylor University. The Armstrong Browning Library, a 19th-century research center dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, will take your breath away. The building itself is everything a book lover could hope for - handcrafted architecture, ornate furnishings, and dark wood paneled rooms lit by stunning stained glass windows. They frequently host travelling exhibitions and cultural events, but they also house the world's largest collection of Browning material and other fine collections of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and works of art. It is free and open to the public Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Find out more, or browse their digital collection at http://www.browninglibrary.org/

The Texas Collection is Baylor University's oldest special collections library, and is located near the heart of the campus. It serves as the University Archive that collects, preserves, and provides access to materials on the history, heritage and culture of Texas, including the largest cookbook collection in the world! The stacks of this library are closed to the public, but many of the artifacts are available for research in the beautiful wood-paneled reading rooms. The friendly and knowledgeable librarians are happy to help you find unique Texas treasures such as historic photographs of the City of Waco, personal narratives from pioneer families, dime novels and pulp fiction, materials on Texas Baptists and other denominations and much much more! Many of the artifacts at the Texas Collection were used in the creation of the Waco History App, which lets you explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped our community’s history. Browse the Texas Collection online at http://www.baylor.edu/lib/texas/ or check out their blog to see what they has been working on lately: http://blogs.baylor.edu/texascollection/

Don’t let rain spoil your day! Take advantage of the opportunity to curl up with your new (used) book in any one of the cozy corners at the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast. Or, after your delicious gourmet breakfast, grab your umbrella and head out to explore one of the beautiful libraries. You’ll be glad you did!

About the Author

Sherry McElhannon

Sherry McElhannon

Sherry is equally passionate about the written word.  She admires the beauty of a well-crafted sentence, and enjoys helping others achieve that beauty while communicating their message.  Throughout college, Sherry edited for friends and family, and soon began to develop a reputation for her verbal skills.  From a dissertation to a website, Sherry has helped make ideas more clear and concise for clients in a variety of fields.  She has written two published articles, bios for professionals in the music and education industries, and a radio script for Focus on the Family’s radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey.

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