Feb. 1 2018 12:10 PM

Used alternative to Schuler

Thank you for the article which provided information we needed to try to understand the woeful news that Schuler Bookstore at Eastwood is closing. This seems yet another example of a successful local business and “institution” being shoved out by developer interests. We must hope Schuler’s will find the means and location to reopen.

I have a suggestion for those people who devour books, rely on used books to feed their appetites, and wonder how they can survive without Schuler’s. Buy your used books at Marsha’s Friendshop just inside the main entrance of the East Lansing library. Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) process thousands of used books yearly to keep shelves in this shop bursting with books on every topic. Trade books (fiction, romance, mystery, sci-fi) fly out the door at 25 cents each. Several bargain carts feature paperback fiction and non-fiction books for 50 cents. Recent hardback fiction and best-sellers are only $1.00 to $3.00. The children’s section is loaded with books for babies through teens; turnover here is rapid. There is a surprising array of unusual and special-topic books as well. All books are in excellent shape, most presentable even as gifts.

FOELPL devotes all proceeds from the shop to support programs at the library. So used book readers, at least, can manage their Schuler-withdrawal symptoms by purchasing armloads of books at East Lansing Library, at bargain prices, and contribute to a worthy cause as well.

— SHEILA TAYLOR

(The writer’s husband serves on the board of Friends of East Lansing Public Library.)