The Dawsons moved Second Hand Prose Books, thousands of books, and hundreds of shelves into 30A Hollis Street in Groton last week. The store opened its doors on Tuesday, July 9.
Second Hand Prose was founded in Groton about 20 years ago by Annie Adams. When Adams retired, the Dawsons took over the bookstore in 2007 and moved it to Acton. Both Katharyn and Keith were English majors in college, and have a passion for reading and selling books.
“We actually had looked at opening a shop in Groton six years ago, but the timing wasn”t right. We live in Groton and have always dreamed of opening a bookstore here. We just want to keep expanding, and build a strong connection with the community in Groton.â€ Katharyn said. “We live in a very educational town which has been missing a bookstore.â€
Second Hand Prose Books may turn into a community center as well as a bookshop.
“We want to have a strong presence in the community. We want to make the bookstore a true community center. Early plans are to revive an open bring-your-favorite-work day on Mondays, the way Open Studio used to do and to convene a craft evening on Wednesdays. In the future we will be hosting book signings, poetry readings, book groups, and lots more. And we have Wi-Fi and a Keurig,” Keith wrote in an email.
In the planning stages are poetry readings, and MOTH sessions — True Stories Told Live — where people tell a story of a personal account for evenings and weekends.
Another event the Dawsons are planning is an open working or writing “workshop” from 8:00 a.m. to noon each Monday, starting July 15. The open workshop includes free wi-fi and technical help for people with computer issues. Keith Dawson also helps by being the â€˜media coordinator.”
“We had very positive feedback from everyone who came. People came from all over including Concord and Acton and of course all the locals.â€ Katharyn said. “We”ve noticed that there is a need for a bookshop in Groton and we”re happy to be the ones to provide it.â€
Two dozen people, drawn by word of mouth and the store’s mailing list, stopped by during Tuesday’s soft opening. The grand opening will be in early August.
Another new-to-Groton idea is a book trade. People are welcome to donate books and they will be rewarded with a store credit and a discount off their future purchases.
Second Hand Prose Books
30A Hollis Street, Groton
Tue. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wed. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thu. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fri. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat., Sun., Mon. — by chance or appointment — call 978-448-BOOK