Afterwords Books is family owned and celebrating 8 years as Edwardsville’s favorite independent bookstore! We offer our customers both new and used books, a trade for credit program, free children’s story times, book clubs for all ages, a monthly documentary club, educational toys, unique gifts crafted by local artisans, and impeccable customer service, all in a relaxing, inviting environment. We're honored to be members of such a great community who understands that their individual spending choices dictate what their neighborhoods ultimately look like. We realize the importance of each individual’s commitment to nurture the community, to see our tax dollars directly benefit our city, that culture and diversity are meaningful, that our neighbors are all working together to make a difference. Afterwords understands that our customers could buy goods and services at the big box stores for significantly less, but we’re fortunate that more and more people truly understand that the few dollars it seems they are saving at face value are not worth the compromise to the vitality of their community. We're proud to go above and beyond, to be a thread in our community, to support local schools through literacy programs, athletics, and fund raising events, to contribute to shelters and non-profits, and to feature local authors and artists.