Closed down in 2021 by the pandemic, the Wye Parish Books Café returns for its 19th year at St. Luke’s Chapel, Queenstown, on February 16. The sale of books and homemade food items continues each day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Presidents’ Day, February 21.
Once again, some 20,000 carefully sorted books will be offered to individuals and families at 90% or more off cover or market price. The largest sections at Books Café are the alphabetized displays of current and classic fiction, hardcover and paperback, plus special sections this year for Mysteries and Historical Fiction.
Running a close second in popularity to the Books Café fiction sections is History, larger than ever this year, with expanded offerings in American History and, as always, a wide range of titles in Military History.
For younger readers, there is a large and varied collection in and adjacent to the “Young People’s Room” — everything from board books and picture books to easy readers, Newbery winners, popular series, science books, and fantasy & science fiction.
Two other categories with exceptional offerings this year are Local & Regional and a first-time “Old & Rare Room” where collectible items can be found at a small fraction of the prices these books are bringing on the internet.
While much remains the same, the lingering pandemic has required some changes to the traditional Books Café format. This year the food service, with its delectable baked goods and snack meals, will be entirely take-out (the usual inside dining area will instead be given over to additional book displays). Moreover, absent an unexpected warm spell when windows and doors can be thrown open, masks will be advised for all visitors and staff.
Consistent with Books Café policy, because this is a sale for the community, sales to dealers are restricted, and the use of scanners is strictly prohibited.
For further information on Books Café, call the Wye Parish Office at 410-827-8484.