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Enjoying Books Together


Weller Book Works, formerly Sam Weller’s Books and founded as Zion Bookstore, has been selling books since August, 1929—that’s 93 years in 2022. No special celebrations this year. We are happy to continue serving your reading desires. Thank you for supporting us.

Reading Together

Dear Weller Customers

By Tony Weller

This may be the first newsletter in 30 years without a feature article by me. I am glad in this busy time that other Weller Book Works booksellers stepped forward to cover for me. Between book collections and the reorganization of our rare book department, February disappeared. 

Nonetheless, here’s a timely thought. 

Happy New Year

By Tony Weller

A decade ago on January 6th, Weller Book Works opened in Trolley Square following the two-week move from Main Street that included time off for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Bookstore activities have kept me so busy, I barely noticed the years passing. We are pleased that new generations of readers discovered us here and like the bookstore we operate, and that Main Street customers value what we do as well. 

The Questions We Didn't Know to Ask


I meet remarkable persons in our bookstore. Engagement with them, their minds and ideas, their books, their passion has broadened my culture, humbled me and made me comfortable with, even excited about, diverse cultures. Some of these fascinating persons have become my friends. And I frequently am called to help families when the older ones pass away.

A Year of Pandemic

Last year, we did not produce newsletters between February and June. This year, there are no gatherings or in-person author events scheduled for March and April. We are still living in pandemic times. At this anniversary of the onset of the global crisis named CoViD-19, we are different people. I am grateful that our staff and bookstore have remained uninfected. Our masks, sanitization and distancing measures are designed to keep it that way.