Neighborhood Bookstores Featuring Good Recycled Books, Movies, Music & More
General Bookstore News:
UPDATE - November 28, 2020
We have recently found a younger couple, Kathy & Jose Serrato,
to continue Mesquite's oldest bookstore into the future after its first 46 years with us.
Although the old sign is still up Paperbacks Plus is now called The Book Co.
We hope that you will give them your full support as they do some updating and put
their own personality into providing you with the reading you love.
Most policies and procedures should remain the same for now, and you can also still use
your store credit at our two remaining bookstores, Lucky Dog Books, in Dallas.
Both Dallas bookstores are maintaining short-handed hours for in store browsing.
Tue-Thu 3-7; & Sat-Sun 11-5.
A mask is currently required.
We do have some for sale either individually or by the box at the two Dallas locations.
We still offer home delivery and curbside pickup as well as mailing books.
If you prefer one these, please call the bookstore
closest to you to tell us what you're looking for.
We can also arrange for some live video browsing of our shelves,
or post pictures of particular sections that are of interest.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially with longer lists.
We are also accepting incoming books, movies & music that you would like to
recycle with us, when we make home deliveries or at our curbside.
Please check out our lists of "Current Requests" that our other readers seek
and which we do not have at this time, to see if you can help supply what is needed.
The bookstores known today as Paperbacks Plus and Lucky Dog Books opened in downtown Mesquite in 1974.
Click here to read the beginning of a history that chronicles the early
years from 1973-1984 and/or here to read a story that ran in
the Mesquite News about our 40th anniversary event and/or
here for a feature published
in the Sunday, September 8, 2013, edition of
The Dallas Morning News with 4 photos including the one below by Kye R. Lee (taken during the Lochwood years on Garland Road before our move to Casa Linda Plaza in the summer of 2017 and our subsequent move to 10534 Garland Road in the summer of 2018).
And another short video
from the Lakewood years.
Here is a link to the KERA 90.1 FM radio show that aired June 9, 2014, featuring several local bookstores including Lucky Dog Books.
Oak Cliff News:
& Recycling Again
With our recent
pricing update, we
can once again recycle
your books, movies &
music at fair values.
This bookstore needs
more good books, etc
coming it the front door
in addition to those
that we can now bring from
our other bookstores to
increase our selection
for your shopping fun.
Bring the things that you
are done with, and pay for
up to half of most of your
purchases with the store
credit from your things.
The higher values when we
sell things, let us allow
more for your items
so you are encouraged
to bring more.
We need folks like you to create/host events at our bookstores in Dallas where we have a public spaces/lounge areas.
Whether ongoing or one time occurences,
readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles would be welcome
Things we would especially like to see happen here would include a poetry night, a chess club, and discussion groups around science news or public radio content from KERA-FM, and a young readers book club.
We have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.
Please drop us an email if you are interested.
WORDS & MUSIC
AT THE BOOKSTORE
When not on the road with musical partner Steve Hughes,
teaches beginning and advanced
guitar and songwriting to students of all ages at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.
WITH JACKSON ELI
Jackson studied music at UNT in Denton, Texas, and teaches students of all ages and interests at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828
East Dallas News:
Is On Hiatus
until things are a bit
still offer coffee
& cookies for sale.
And you are welcome
to have a seat in our
lounge area to enjoy them
as well as putting on a CD
of your choice as long as
you keep your spacing
with anyone else there.
Younger readers are very important to the bookstores.
We want to encourage you to encourage them to read.
So keep us in mind as a pretty inexpensive, quieter
than average place to spend some time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.
...AND...we continue to get in amazing collections of books, DVDs, CDs, etc.
Check out our Facebook page for pictures of some of the recent arrivals.
Buy A Bookstore?
We've been doing this for over 40 years and are wondering if it's time to let someone else give it a try at one or both locations? A younger couple? A neighborhood co-op? Please click here if you or someone you know may be interested in this.
Or here to see an interesting variation that we would be glad to entertain.
We think there are a lot of opportunities for us to work together to benefit neighborhood schools and their students.
Here is link to some ideas about this. Please feel free to contact us if you think of other ways we might be helpful.
We still use good old fashioned paper gift certificates here at the bookstores which provide some advantages over the new fangled gift cards.
Our gift certificates can be personalized right on them. Their layout includes a log of their usage so that it is always clear what the remaining balance is. And the store locations are shown on them so that your recipient doesn't have to look them up.
Click the links above to get more details and even purchase some online if you prefer.
Please be aware that you can give a reader in your life a monthly subscription to the bookstores that will provide them with the number of $5 off Mini-Gift Certificates that fits your budget. And you'll only pay for it each month as it happens through Paypal with the ability to cancel anytime.
Or consider subscribing to the bookstores today as a way of expressing your committment to their future while enjoying the full value of your participation through the monthly receipt of our Mini-Gift Certificates.
Start a cafe?
Each bookstore has room for some sort of cafe. We'd like to find the right folks for each location to get one going.
Click here to pursue this idea.
Comics & Manga
Also, many new, used, and
out-of-print titles by local
DVD, VHS, Laser...
CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, Cassettes, 8-Track Tapes...
We've compiled a map of Dallas area bookstores past and present
that you might like to check out. Let us know of others that
should be added.
We'd like to thank David Card of Poor David's Pub for being so supportive over the last couple years,
helping us get through some really tough spots with the bookstores.
We've been hearing great live music at his places since he was on McKinney Avenue
way back in the '70s and then when he was on Greenville Avenue for many years
before he made the move to S. Lamar a very short distance from Southside and next door to Bill's Records.
We'd like to encourage you to check out his line up and sample some of his performers if you are not familiar with them.
There are sure to be some that you will enjoy.
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