Embrace Books believes that the best things in life are free – and books are some of those things! Our free bookstore serves Muskegon and the surrounding areas by providing access to a wide range of books for free – no qualifications, no requirements, no strings attached.
Embrace Books is part of Embrace Muskegon, whose stated vision is “To change the direction of a city through non-violent, healthy, active and engaged community.” We opened our doors in February 2015 with about 2,000 books, one little room inside the Front Porch building, and big dreams. We believe that reading is important – vital to developing ourselves as members of the community, critical thinking skills, and equipping ourselves with the tools to help us succeed in life. We recognize that the spark of literacy sometimes comes when you have a book that interests you!
Since we launched, our collection has grown to more than 12,000 books, we’ve tripled our space at the Front Porch , and the community has been so excited to be part of this grand adventure!
We have helped teachers stock their classroom shelves, worked with reading/literacy programs, and given books to organizations across West Michigan to help strengthen our community.
Ready to jump in? Come visit us on one of our open days! Donate books! Volunteer! Contact us below to see how you can get involved.
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Q: Are the books free?
Q: What’s the catch?
A: No catch! Shopping here won’t cost you a dime.
Q: When are you open?
A: See our Facebook page or newsletter for our current dates. We’re currently open once a month on a Saturday afternoon.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We’re located inside the Front Porch building at 1050 W Southern Ave, Muskegon MI 49441. Park behind the building, come in under the awning, and walk up the ramp inside. We’re right there!
Q: Do you have this particular book/series in stock?
A: Maybe. We have almost 10,000 books ranging from children’s to adult, westerns to crochet afghan patterns. Because our books change often, please stop in to see what we currently have – we don’t keep a running list.
Q: How many books can I take?
A: As many as you’d like to carry, love, and enjoy.
Q: How do you get your books?
A: All our books are donated by community members.
Q: Can I donate?
A: YES! (We might be a little bit enthusiastic on this point) We accept all books in good condition (no moldy/damp books, please) and reusable bags (tote/shopping/drawstring style). Financial donations can be made out to Embrace Muskegon with the memo EMBRACE BOOKS.
Q: Can I volunteer?
A: YES! (again with the enthusiasm) From sorting donations, stocking shelves, handing out flyers, to hanging out when we’re open to help our visitors, we can find a place for you. Whether it’s one hour or ten, we rely on our volunteers every month to help keep us running.
Q: Are the books free?
A: Really. No strings attached.