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"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food..."


We have both books & nectar of the gods ... coffee! Along with the best conversation no money can buy - Come in today and enjoy us live & in person

Oh, No! No Inventory Update

UPDATE on updating our in-store inventory, so that you can see online just what we have or can get for you: 
Our work-around is sporadic at best and what you see as "in stock" may not be and vice versa.
The only reliable information is that if the status is: "hard to find," that book really is really hard to get (at a reasonable price)!

Please give us a call 815-285-2665 or write us if you need additional help.
We thank you for your patience.

About Brenda

Brenda Carlson Spratt is a Dixon native and has been with Books on First since 2000.  One day, our local copy shop/printer (an independent who is now unfortunately gone) created business cards and insisted that hers should have a title.  With Proprietor and Proprietor/Manager already taken, Brenda opted for "Larry's Favorite Employee."  Indeed, she is of invaluable assistance to all of us here.  Brenda's husband, Kevin (our go-to maintenance guy), as well as all of her family are familiar faces to our customers.  Come in and visit with Brenda Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. But, you can see her book recommendations (especially for grandchildren) here 24/7!