Edward McKay Used Books & Music, now closed on Capital Boulevard, was a fun visit, really for entire families. Browsing those thousands of used books could take hours, punctuated by the occasional raised eyebrow when a rare find was discovered.
For kids, raised on electronic devices and electronic books, the store was a history lesson: Yes, kids, these used to be the only kind of books there were. And it was a chance for some to clear out their libraries by selling their books — and then turning them into more books with store credit, of course.
No explanation was offered for the store closing, which will leave two spots, one in Winston-Salem and another in Greensboro, open. But such stores seem rare these days. This group grew out of a store started by an Army veteran who opened a store in Fayetteville in 1974.
What to do, to get that sensory whiff of old and well-read books? Well, there are libraries, and that’s good. And there’s the occasional sale to benefit local libraries or buy books for children. All, well, time passes. And pages turn.