Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bay Books - Local Bookstore in San Ramon, CA

One of my favorite bookstores is locally operated and owned. Established in 1988, Bay Books serves as a meeting place for book lovers and collectors. Whether you are looking for that hard-to-find volume or the latest bestseller, Bay Books is the place to start. At their two locations, they stock over 600,000 books- mostly used but many new books, too.

They have a wide array of art and architecture books, classics, cookbooks, craft books and history books. Their children's section is well organized and a favorite place for parents. Teachers receive a 10% discount on used books for class-room use. They boast a large selection of paperbacks but we are most proud of our large collection of archival-quality leather-bound volumes. They carry most of the trade paper bestsellers and some hard covers too. You will find both NEW and used titles on our front tables and floor displays-all discounted 10-50% off. They don't carry every new title but check with us first before you pay full price.

Their friendly staff enjoys sharing ideas and helping customers find interesting books to read. Often our staff members end up reading books suggested by customers because they, too, are book lovers. They are a member of the American Bookseller's Association, and participate in its nationwide gift certificate and gift card programs. And, are active in the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Bay Books will find rare and obscure books for you wherever in the world they are for sale. On request, they will special-order any book available new from our wholesalers, if they don't have it in one of our stores.

Bay Books helps our local schools, libraries and churches through book donations and fund-raising assistance. In April, 2004 we were a major sponsor of the first annual 5K Fun Run/Walk, a fund-raiser for book acquisitions of the Contra Costa County Library. Also, click on " Our Friends in Iraq" to see how we made Christmas 2004 a little more pleasant for our troops, risking their lives in service to their country, in far-off Iraq. They also donate books to the Blue Star Moms for their Care Packages to soldiers away from home.
Remember when you shop locally- your dollars stay local.

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