So it’s the holidays and you’re fresh out of ideas. What do you get the (insert type of gift recipient) who has everything? Why their name immortalized on a Mercantile Library Adopt-a-Book book plate, of course. You, the generous gift-giver, pays about $45 (100% tax deductible) for the chosen adopt-a-book to be handsomely rebound, an act that will ensure the safe voyage of your gift recipient’s Adopt-a-Book, bearing your name and theirs, through the eons. What better contrarian gift for the consumerism-on-steroids holiday season? Or you could just do it to be nice. By the same line of reasoning, you could also to adopt a cow for some destitute Burmese village. While we at the Mercantile Library applaud such gestures, we understand that some people prefer to make their charitable gift adoptions closer to home.
Here’s how it works: simply call or email and we will provide you with the list of adoption candidates. Or you could choose from the stacks a book pertinent to the interests of the gift recipient, a book, perhaps, that the recipient might enjoy visiting from time to time. For the busy professional short on time will are happy to decide on a suitable item, a service we happily provide for free. As the adopter, you will get a gift card, tax documentation, and the choice of wording on the book plate. We take the lucky book down to the bindery and, when it returns, we invite you to come visit the high-quality work done by the Fallon brothers in the Ohio Book Store’s magical basement bindery. Here are some before and after pictures of volumes of Locke, Works (London. 1812) and Paulding’s Letters from the South (New York. 1813), to demonstrate what a difference it makes. -Ed Scripsi