Monthly Archives: January 2009

Boy! Do We Have Used Books!

Thanks to our wonderful community’s generosity, we are running out of shelf space in our used book department!

People are bringing in books in great condition on every conceivable topic from arts & crafts and cooking to westerns and ‘sensual romances’!  We have literary classics, christian romance, tons of kids books — both picture and chapter books. We have probably everthing that popular authors like Janet Evanovich, Luanne Rice, and Stephen King have ever written!  But we also have many selections from the lesser known authors who are just waiting to be discovered.

And to make it even better, don’t forget that we donate 10% of our Used Book proceeds to charity each month.  January’s recipient will be the Marion County Habitat for Humanity, and in February, we will be giving to the Red Rock Area Community Action!

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Posted by on January 31, 2009 in Uncategorized


The First Readers Anonymous Bookclub Meeting was a Success

It was a cold January evening in Iowa, and about a dozen brave souls made their way to The Next Chapter for the first meeting of the Readers Anonymous Bookclub.  Attendees included high school students and senior citizens, men and women, long-time locals from around Marion County, as well as  newcomers to our community.

Our plan was to let people divide up into genre-specific groups (the Romance readers, the History buffs, etc.) and then facilitate those groups’ future meetings.  But, as often happens, people took matters into their own hands, in this case with very happy consequences!

We spent the evening engaged in a lively gathering of book-lovers sharing their excitement and love of books, of favorite authors, and of preferred genres.  Readers offered commentary on style and plot, and more than one person was heard to comment that they might break out of their usual genre to read something really different for a change.

The group unanimously and enthusiastically agreed to make this a regular event, and signed up on an email list.  And so, here’s the official announcement.  The Readers Anonymous Bookclub will meet each month on the last Thursday at 6 pm here at The Next Chapter.

Please feel free to post your comments and suggestions for the group here, and many thanks to all of you who made it!  For you who have yet to come, we welcome you!

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Posted by on January 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Marion County Country Schools

On February 13th, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m, the Next Chapter is happy to announce that historical researcher and writer, Helen Boertje will be at the bookstore with the scrapbooks of information collected about the country schools of Marion County.

Former teachers and students of country schools are invited to view them and to bring in pictures and share memories of their days in Marion County Schools.

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Posted by on January 27, 2009 in Uncategorized


Come see the Quilt!

We have a gorgeous white and blue quilt displayed in our front window! It is handmade by Father Ernie Braida, and is being raffled off as part of the big benefit for Bob Caughey and his family.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6.

We also have tickets ($5 each) for the benefit event itself, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31st, starting at 4 pm at Dyer Hudson Hall.  Don’t miss this fun event featuring a chili supper, entertainment and a silent auction with TONS of great items!

Bob, his wife Angela, and their high-school aged twins are life-long residents of Knoxville, and Bob is currently battling cancer.

Thank you in advance for any support you may give to this cause.



Many thanks to our wonderful customers for making our first months in business so busy and fun!

We value your support and well wishes and your commitment to shopping locally. We also appreciate everyone who has donated used books for our basement collection.

Combat the Cold!

We have several new varieties of hot drinks ranging from over a dozen varieties of Harner & Sons teas, a line of flavored coffees from Door County Coffee, Serenity Chai, and Bellagio Sipping Chocolates, Mochas and Cocoas.

Valentine Baskets

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th (in case you needed a reminder). We will have gifts on hand for everyone including Men, Women, and Children! Stop in anytime between February 1st and 13th and choose items for your personalized Valentine Basket. Select from an array of gifts, books, and treats for your sweetie, and we’ll prepare a basket that will be ready for you to pick up on the special day! We also have hand-boxed chocolates in decorative wrappings and we’re heading to market to stock up on the best items for sweethearts. Also just in is a shipment of flat wallets in two sizes and some new flat photo albums to match. And for those of you who have been patiently waiting, the WoodWick candles are in!


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Posted by on January 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

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