About Town House Books
We are an independent bookstore for all ages, with a friendly knowledgeable staff located in historic Century Corners in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. The uniqueness and ambiance of the bookstore, which opened its doors in 1974, carry over into the Town House Café, featuring a menu of fresh-from-scratch soups and creative sandwiches. Our back courtyard is open for lunch every day, weather permitting! In addition we have tables set up outside in front of the bookstore that are available for self service... a perfect spot to sit and enjoy your morning paper with coffee or an afternoon iced tea & sandwich.
40th Anniversary Champagne Open House
Thursday, September 18th 5:30-7:30 pm Town House Books celebrates 40 years in business!!! Come join us for a champagne toast on Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-7:30pm in the bookstore. 20% customer appreciation discount!
Marilou Kelly founded our business in 1974 because she believed every community should have a bookstore. In 1992 David Hunt purchased the store to carry on that legacy, with manager Heidi Schmidt joining the team in 1995. Sadly, Marilou passed away in early July of this year, but her dream for this bookstore continues even through the present tumultuous times in the book publishing and retail world. Thanks to our loyal customers we are still standing strong and hope to continue on for years to come in the spirit of independent bookselling!
Book Themed Baby Showers!
The gift of a book is a gift for a life time. Town House is now offering a baby shower gift registry for those who would like to have book themed parties or for anyone who is expecting and would like to build a library for their child. Parents-to-be can create a list of books with the help of our knowledgeable staff and we will keep a record of what has been purchased. Call the bookstore for details: (630) 584-8600
Personal Shopping Available
Books make the perfect gift any time of the year and we can help you pick the right book for every age person. Let our knowledgeable staff do the work and, as always, we provide complimentary gift wrapping!
When You Want Something Truly Unique
If you're looking for a truly unique book, Town House has limited edition, hand sewn letter press books available. The Least Little Thing is a beautiful collection of contemporary haiku by local author Mark Mitchell, arranged and printed by Larkspur Press. Each book is signed by the author. Hardcover editions are available for $28, paperback editions are $20. The poetry is sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and always reveals some truthful experience. Here are two examples:
Waxwings in the elm—
their call notes about as faint
as intown starlight.
If time alone will
tell, why is everybody
else talking so much?