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Round Rock, Texas: The Round Rock Public Library

Jerry Stratton, April 26, 2016

Round Rock Public Library sculpture: La Fiesta, by Dan Pogue, on display outside the Round Rock Public Library; sculpture; Round Rock

The Three Amigos welcome you to the Round Rock Public Library!

Public libraries are also often, somewhat paradoxically, very good bookstores. You would think that a place that loans books for free would not be a great place to locate a bookstore, but people who love to read books also love having books, and often end up having to trade out books they once loved to make room for new books on their bookshelves. These folks make up the Friends of the Library.

The Round Rock Public Library’s Friends of the Library Book Nook is not very big, but at least by my judgment it makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity. Since moving to Texas I’ve picked up eleven books there, from Andrew Breitbart and P.J. O’Rourke to Andre Norton and a Robert Heinlein.

And Martin Greenberg’s Dinosaur Fantastic collection isn’t the best science fiction I’ve read lately, but it is filled with dinosaurs! Can’t hardly go wrong with that.

They also have an entire bookshelf dedicated to a handful of high-selling authors such as Richard Patterson and Janet Evanovich.

The Book Nook appears to have a pretty good turnover rate, as, despite it’s size, I’m always finding something new.

There are two sections to the Book Nook. As you walk in the main entrance, the children’s and young adult section is directly around the corner on your left as you enter the library. The larger Book Nook is in a room up the stairs, also around the corner to your left as you leave the stairs.

The Round Rock library is currently right downtown, though they are considering moving it to the outskirts of town.

Round Rock Public Library
216 E. Main St.
Round Rock, Texas

Aug. 6, 2022

The Best of Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov $0.50 mass market paperback
Burmese Days George Orwell $0.50 trade paperback
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon $1.00 hardcover
Becoming Ray Bradbury Jonathan R. Eller $1.00 hardcover
The Map That Changed the World Simon Winchester $1.00 hardcover

Jan. 29, 2019

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame I Robert Silverberg $1.00 mass market paperback
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame IIB Ben Bova $1.00 mass market paperback
Peace Gene Wolfe $1.00 mass market paperback
What Went Wrong? Bernard Lewis $1.00 small trade paperback
Independence Day $1.00
Ragnarok: The End of the Gods A. S. Byatt $2.00 hardcover

Jan. 11, 2018

For Kings and Planets Ethan Canin $2.00 hardcover
The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures Mike Resnick $2.00 hardcover

Nov. 17, 2016

The Translator Ward Just $2.00 hardcover
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon $2.00 hardcover

Oct. 8, 2015

Odd Interlude Dean Koontz $1.00 mass market paperback

July 20, 2015

Star Maker Olaf Stapledon $1.00 trade paperback

March 9, 2015

The Face of Fear Dean Koontz $0.50 mass market paperback
The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors Jeff Smith $0.50 unknown print
Sargasso of Space Andre Norton $1.00 mass market paperback
Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein $1.00 mass market paperback
Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein $1.00 mass market paperback
Methuselah’s Children Robert A. Heinlein $1.00 mass market paperback

Jan. 24, 2015

Dinosaur Fantastic Martin H. Greenberg, Mike Resnick $1.00 mass market paperback

March 20, 2014

Parliament of Whores P.J. O’Rourke $1.00 small trade paperback
Righteous Indignation Andrew Breitbart $2.00 hardcover

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