Back To School Block Party at Open Books Pilsen

Open Books, 2nd District Illinois State Representative, Theresa Mah, and 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez invite you to a Back To School Block Party at Open Books Pilsen!

We will be giving away free backpacks, books, school supplies, giving out free haircuts, and more to gear up for the school year! There will be food, drinks, music, a special storytime, as well as arts & crafts! This event is co-sponsored by:

Chicago Children’s Museum
El Valor
SER Central States
Mural Park
ESDC
National Museum of Mexican Art
Gads Hill Center
ChicaGO Commons
Contratiempo
Frida Kahlo Community Organization
& more! RSVP NOW SO WE HAVE A GOOD COUNT!

West Loop Half Off Books Sale

June 21 to June 23/9:00AM-7:00PM/ Fri-Sat & Noon-6:00PM

All Used Books will be 50% Off at Open Books West Loop.

25% Off All New Books and Special Orders.

All Purchases Support Literacy!

-In Store Sales Only-

Garage Sale at Pilsen Open Books

All kids books will be $1, all paperbacks $2, and all hardcovers $3. You can also fill up an entire box of books (35-40 books total) for only $40! The sale runs 10 am – 5 pm on all dates. Special discount box for teachers also available! No other deals or discounts can be used during this time.

Open Books Pilsen is located at 905 W. 19th St.
312 243 9776
[email protected]

**No other deals apply during this sale**

Garage Sale at Open Books Pilsen

 Join us on April 28-29 for Open Books Pilsen’s bi-annual Garage Sale! All kids books will be $1, all paperbacks $2, and all hardcovers $3. Plus, you can fill up an entire box of books (35-40 books total) for only $40! The sale runs 10 am – 5 pm on both dates. Special discount box for teachers also available! No other deals or discounts can be used during this time.
Open Books Pilsen is located at 905 W. 19th St.
312 243 9776
[email protected]

Pop-Up Free Library

For three days, BING will transform into a FREE BOOKSTORE! Our friends at Open Books will be dropping by to fill our shelves with a wide array of fiction, non-fiction, YA, and children’s books that will all be up for grabs. Bring your reusable shopping bag (feel free to fill it with any books that you’d like to contribute to the giveaway) and pick out some gems. Beginning the following Tuesday, BING will reopen with an entirely new inventory containing fiction, poetry, Black studies, cookbooks, children’s books, art + photography, and much more!

Librería Donceles at Open Books Pilsen

Approximately 3,000 Spanish language books are getting a second life at Open Books in Pilsen as a legacy project of the Librería Donceles.

The exhibition of Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016 drew attention to the need for access to books and programming in Spanish. Throughout the 6-month run, the public was actively engaged in robust programming and encouraged to purchase books. Originally slated as the final run of the installation, the excitement generated from the show and programs inspired additional exhibitions in Indianapolis and Boston as well as this legacy project at Open Books.

Repurposing the used bookshelves from closed CPS schools and some of the original 20,000 used books from the Librería Donceles, the new installation at Open Books Pilsen creates a designated space within the Latino community for workshops and activities and is the only repository of secondhand Spanish-language books in the city. During the warmer months, the annex transforms into an open-air shop. In keeping with the spirit of the project, books can be purchased for any price the buyer deems appropriate, and Open Books will maintain and expand the inventory by placing newly donated Spanish-language books in the section as they are received. Ongoing programming will be in partnership with contratiempo, an organization in residence at DCASE who provided much of the programming at CCC throughout the run of the Librería Donceles.
On January 12, 2018 from 6-9pm, Open Books Pilsen, 905 W. 19th Street, will be hosting a free opening reception in conjunction with Second Fridays, with music from Sonorama and readings by writers from the Spanish language literary publication contratiempo.

Librería Donceles at Open Books Pilsen

Approximately 3,000 Spanish language books are getting a second life at Open Books in Pilsen as a legacy project of the Librería Donceles.

The exhibition of Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016 drew attention to the need for access to books and programming in Spanish. Throughout the 6-month run, the public was actively engaged in robust programming and encouraged to purchase books. Originally slated as the final run of the installation, the excitement generated from the show and programs inspired additional exhibitions in Indianapolis and Boston as well as this legacy project at Open Books.

Repurposing the used bookshelves from closed CPS schools and some of the original 20,000 used books from the Librería Donceles, the new installation at Open Books Pilsen creates a designated space within the Latino community for workshops and activities and is the only repository of secondhand Spanish-language books in the city. During the warmer months, the annex transforms into an open-air shop. In keeping with the spirit of the project, books can be purchased for any price the buyer deems appropriate, and Open Books will maintain and expand the inventory by placing newly donated Spanish-language books in the section as they are received. Ongoing programming will be in partnership with contratiempo, an organization in residence at DCASE who provided much of the programming at CCC throughout the run of the Librería Donceles.
On January 12, 2018 from 6-9pm, Open Books Pilsen, 905 W. 19th Street, will be hosting a free opening reception in conjunction with Second Fridays, with music from Sonorama and readings by writers from the Spanish language literary publication contratiempo.