Thursday, August 11, 2022

Twice Told Tales - McPherson, KS

Twice Told Tales, McPherson, KS

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How is it that a wonderful town like McPherson, KS, population approximately 14,000, can support a thriving bookstore like Twice Told Tales?  First of all with a great location smack dab on the busiest street in downtown McPherson.  Secondly and most importantly, a strong and loyal customer base of regulars.  But it starts at the top and these people might not be so regular without the store's congenial and friendly owner, Libby M.  And when it comes to regular customers I doubt that few are more loyal than local English teacher, Rebecca.  It was my pleasure to meet Rebecca, a walking, talking advocate for Twice Told Tales, Libby, and independent bookstores everywhere.  Honestly, Rebecca could be the PR person for Twice Told Tales.  McPherson, listen to Rebecca! And me!

Twice Told Tales has been here for almost 8 years and Libby is the second owner for this store.  Twice Told offers mostly used books and is gradually increasing its inventory of new books.  Libby is working to find those right new books for her readers.  Many customers will simply donate their used books to the store which is a big plus for the business.  Otherwise, they can receive store credit in return or possibly cash depending on the books.  They have a tasteful assortment of sidelines but they don't overrun the store.  Stickers, pins, greeting cards, and candles can all be found here.  The uniquely created coffee mugs by local artists are particularly attractive.  I was especially impressed with the children's section, its space and decor.  A very open area for kids.  This is complemented nicely with a weekly story time. 

I was really happy to hear that the local school administration feels strongly enough about supporting local businesses that they have a partnership with the store.  Oh, how indies across the country would enjoy having this cooperation in their communities.  Well done, McPherson.

As the newish owner of Twice Told Tales, Libby is off to a great start.  Now its up to you, McPherson.  Get it together and get yourself to this terrific store.  If you're a regular, bring a friend.  If you're a teacher, tell your kids.  Embrace this great indie and its owner and experience the joy of your own independent bookstore.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

JUST FINISHED:  The Swimmers, Julie Otsuka.  A short, quick read that I could really relate to due to the subject.  The first half of the book is about a community of swimmers who go to an underground pool on a regular basis.  Lap swimmers with all their quirks, their special lanes, their routines (something I do regularly when not on the road!).  The 2nd half of the book is about one of the swimmers dealing with dementia and her adult daughter who must help her.  I really liked this book but can't tell if it would be for everyone?

CURRENTLY READING:  The Council Of Animals, Nick McDonell. 

RECENTLY PURCHASED:  The Swimmers, Julie Otsuka.   

Beautiful storefront as well as beautiful used books. 

Creatively designed display window. 

There's still time to make it to a Saturday story time. 

Budget browsing before you even enter the store. 

The display window art is excellent. 

 View looking straight into the store from the front entrance. 

You can find talented craftsmanship and art in almost any indie.  This is what you'll see at the checkout counter. 

Looking to the right from the front entrance. 

Looking to the left from the front entrance. 

Just inside the front entrance you can snag a couple of seats and try a book. 

Varieties of journals. 

One of the neat and attractive book nooks in the store.

Table display of new releases. 

The store offers grab bags filled with books of different genres and authors, a great promotion. 

Just a few of the LBGTQIA+ books offered. 

One of my favorite promotions offered at many bookstores.

Just a portion of the Black history books available. 

Bookstore candles and locally crafted coffee mugs. 

Two of the coffee mugs from the previous picture.  Unique and one of a kind available here. 

Go through the archway and enter the children's area.  Wonderful decor. 

Lots of bargain children's books. 

Overview of the children's area.  I think this picture shows just how incredibly neat this store is. 

Tiny readers will enjoy going into this tiny tent. 

View looking from the children's area in the back of the store to the front entrance. 


With Libby, the fine owner at Twice Told Tales.  Thanks for a great visit. 

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