End of the Line Books To Re-open for 2023 Season

The End of the Line Bookstore will re-open for the summer season beginning on Saturday, May 20, 2023. End of the Line Books is a not-for-profit, used bookstore located in the boxcar at the B&O Railway Station on East Liberty Street in Oakland, MD. The bookstore will be open from May 20 until October 7 on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The bookstore will also be open on Fridays from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM from June 30 – September 1.

End of the Line bookstore features a full range of novels, including current and past current fiction, classics, science fiction, mystery, and romance. Non-fiction books available include history, current events, economics, sports, nature, religion, psychology, and self-help books as well as books on home repair, gardening, cooking, and more. Children will love the great selection of chapter books, picture books, ones for beginning readers, and books to help homeschooling families. Because children’s books are so popular, donations of these are especially appreciated.

You’ll also find a nice selection of reference books and some large print books. Depending on donations, the bookstore will occasionally feature audiobooks, CDs, videos, DVDs, puzzles, and games. Hardback books are $1.00; paperbacks cost 50¢.

The bookstore was started as a way to solve the problem of too little space for book donations to be sold at the local library. Originated by Marilyn Moors, then president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Elizabeth Huxford of the local Girl Scouts, along with former Oakland Mayor Asa McCain, End of the Line Books has been recycling books and offering them for re-sale since 2004.

Proceeds from the bookstore go to two organizations. Girl Scout Troop 55004 serves girls from Brownies through Seniors from six schools throughout Garrett County. In an effort to serve the community, they have donated thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to local charities and soldiers overseas. Through their accomplishments, they have achieved the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award. Donations from End of the Line books help fund their activities and service projects.

The Garrett branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the second recipient of funds from the bookstore. Locally, AAUW provides over $5,000 in scholarships to area women each year which can be used to purchase textbooks, pay tuition, and more.

As always, book donations are always welcome. “We have a quick turnover so we are always looking for newly donated books, specifically fiction and children’s books, said bookstore manager Linda Carr. “The boxcar has limited space, so please remember, we cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, Readers Digest condensed books, or magazines. We do ask that all donated books be in fairly good condition with no torn covers, etc,” she added.

Organizers do ask that books only be donated during the hours when the Bookstore is open. For more information and updates, you can like their page on Facebook.

If you’re looking for a good book to lose yourself in this summer, stop by End of the Line Books soon. Your purchase not only helps to recycle but all proceeds are also donated.

For more information on the bookstore or to volunteer with any sponsoring organizations, contact Carr at lindacarr7125@gmail.com.