In the News

Books on First has witnessed a lot of press over the years, but mainly because of our Very Important Patrons.  Keep on coming in.  Keep on being informed.  Keep on voicing your opinions.  That's what being a bookstore/coffeehouse is all about (besides selling you a book).

What is Books on First? Dunphy Discusses Downtown "Destination" , Community Spotlight: Books on First , IndieBob Muses on How Books on First Survives (we'd like to know, too!)

And the face of Books on First for over 21 years   Where's Larry? , Bookstore Owner Gone at 81, A renaissance man ...,  Tribute to Lawrence Joseph Dunphy

Books on First supports the Arts as well as Tradition with Windows at Christmas Walk Time

Witness: Small-town Trump Voters Stick with the President

Witness: Chicago Tribune Visits Ronald Reagan's Hometown Upon the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump 

Special Pre-Release Visit: Before His One-Man Show at the Historic Dixon Theatre, Actor Ed Asner Comes to Books on First to Talk About His Yet-to-Be-Released Book

Special Dixonites Include Others Besides Ronald Reagan: Carolynn Brooks Returns to #PUSH "Persevere Until Something Happens"

Witness: She's All the Talk -- How Did Rita Crundwell Steal $53 million from Her Hometown of Dixon, Illinois?

Witness: Shop Small Saturday is Big at Books on First

Welcome, Bryce Austin & : Cyber Security Expert Has a New Book to Help the Non-Techie

More on our Resident Artiste Sydni Reubin: Dixon Watercolor Artist Taps into Her Creativity ,you can find her artwork in several local businesses downtown Dixon

Witness: Dixon's Sister Cities Association includes Herzberg, Germany, Which Has Allowed a Police Officer to Spend Some Time with Us

Witness: Everyone can use a PAL 

Witness: We have the Best Pass-the-Hat Live Entertainment in Sauk Valley Every Saturday Night 7-9pm  See our Events Page for more information. 

Witness: Spratt Brothers Head to DC on 48th Honor Flight 

Witness: Dixon Arch Celebrates Centennial  

Books on First encourages entrepreneurship 

Witness: Author! Author! Challenges of Disabled Children Focus of New Book by Dixon Native 

Witness: Dixon Chamber of Commerce Main Street in its third year as a merged organization honors citizens, including Larry Dunphy, late co-founder of Books on First (honored for Lifetime Achievement)

Witness: "Non-Essential" Small Businesses Cope Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown  

Powering Through Phase 3 Restore Illinois: Stoop Music Saturdays in June outside Books on First   

Witness: Dixonites react to Rita Crundwell's Early Release from Federal Prison Convicted for Defrauding the City 

Books for Babes Shows a Community's Generous Spirit: Books Brighten Chidren's Chrismas

Honoring a Late Beloved Bookseller Board Member: Franklin Creek's Larry Dunphy Storybook Trail to Finally Open   

Witness: She Stole $54 Million From Her Town. Then Something Unexpected Happened. 

Super Heroes Like Larry!: Bicycle rack art  

You know where we are: 202 West First Street, Dixon, IL  61021

You can also visit Carolyn's blog ( which she occasionally updates with more Books on First, Dixon and literary news.

COVID-19 2023

COVID-19 fight update:

Please respect our service team and fellow patrons who may want to continue to wear face coverings, keep a physical distance or do the safest thing for their & their loved ones' health & safety.


How to physically distance: Just stay 8 books laid end-to-end from your fellow booklover!

Whether you think the devastating effects of this novel coronavirus have been overblown or not, let's all work as a community to stay safe and keep our local businesses here for you!