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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States


Secondhand Prose


Contact Us

If you have questions about Secondhand Prose or the Friends, please email us, or call 748-9222.

Who We Are

Secondhand Prose sells quality used books at bargain prices year round and is operated by the Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The store is located at 1222 Main Street in St. Johnsbury, VT. Make your dollars stretch at Secondhand Prose! The collection changes regularly with new fiction and non-fiction arriving frequently! 


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am-3 pm

Wednesday: Noon-5 pm

Thursday 11 am-3 pm

Friday 11am-5 pm

Saturday from 11am to 3 pm

Operation Paperback

We have recently joined Operation Paperback. This non-profit organization collects gently used paperbacks nationwide and sends them to American troops overseas, as well as to veterans and military families here at home.

Several times a month, Secondhand Prose volunteers will respond to requests from military personnel through Operation Paperback and ship books as requested. We need your help to defray the mailing costs. You can make a donation via check, payable to Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and mail it to 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 or drop it off at the Athenaeum's front desk. Make sure to add "Operation Paperback" as a note on your check. Thanks for your support.

Friends of the Athenaeum

Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum are involved in community fund-raising activities for the benefit of the Athenaeum. Friends may volunteer to work at the Secondhand Prose bookstore, or organize book and pie sales, or offer holiday programs and provide decorations and refreshments for Athenaeum festivities, or engage in other activities to help the institution. Friends strive to improve, advocate for, and make the resources and services of the Athenaeum more widely known in the community.

In the past few years, funding from the Friends have made it possible for the Athenaeum to acquire a microfilm reader, a lectern and projector stand for Athenaeum Hall, the new Stephen Huneck library cards, and books for area childcare centers. In addition, Friends supply refreshments and flowers for Athenaeum events and present the annual Victorian holiday program.

Please join us now! CLICK HERE TO VIEW APPLICATION. If you are a current member, you can use this form to renew your membership.