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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 get," that book really is hard to get!
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 her two daughters, her granddaughter Sadie and grandson Isaiah, are familiar faces to our customers.  Come in and visit with Brenda Mondays through Thursdays.