Where to Buy Books in (or Near) Pequannock

BordersImage by Thomas Hawk via FlickrEven the library in Pequannock Township offers Nook ereaders on loan now.

The small-town bookstore that used to be located next to Jones' Hardware on Newark Pompton Turnpike is so long gone that I can't even remember what it was called (and believe me, I regret that that's the case), a victim of the mega-mart style Borders Books that went in on Route 23 in nearby Riverdale.

Is it irony that now the Borders is closing, a victim of ereaders like the Kindle, Nook, and a wide variety of no-name knockoffs?  Really it's just a shame, Borders didn't even make it a decade in the Riverdale location and their opening heralded the closing of the Borders at Willowbrook.

What's a literate resident to do?

4 options, none of them replacements for a local bookstore, come to mind:

The Wise Old Own Thrift Shop on Evans Place in Pequannock sells a very limited number of used books.  Mostly popular non-fiction and children's.

The Pequannock Library provides 2 carts year round of donated and decommissioned books for sale.  Not only can you help yourself by buying these, but you can help your community by donating your old books to the library for resale.

The Pequannock Library also runs a massive used-book sale sometimes as many as 3 times a year.  Selection can be an issue, but I find there's always something for everyone.

The Wayne Library, off Nellis is Wayne maintains an entire room of used books at very reasonable prices.  I can always find something I want there, the only issue is that turnover can be slow so you if you're looking for that new bestseller, it's hit or miss.

...and then there's the option no one wants to talk about: ereaders.  I have a Kindle, it's great, I use it constantly and it saves me a ton of money.  What it doesn't do is give me a cool, quiet place to sit and drink coffee while sampling what I plan to buy.  What it doesn't give me is a place to buy gifts for others (ebook giving is not terribly popular these days) and it certainly provides no revenue for the local economy.  What I'll miss the most about Borders is the physical bastion of literacy that it provided.  In a world where everything from advertisements to news is moving to video formats, I worry when our children grow up without books as  a frequent presence in their lives.

If anyone has thoughts of opening a bookstore in Pequannock and would like to know more about the community, please feel free to contact me and I'll do all I can to help you.


Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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