Rows & rows of books: Mebane store is affordable, fun

Hundreds of thousands of titles await you at Fifth Street Books in Mebane. / Leeann Williams, Times-News correspondent

Commentary by Leeann Williams
Times-News correspondent

   Fifth Street Books’ owners Jerry and Paula Mullis first sold books from their home and online as a hobby. In 2009, the couple started a small business selling used books for 99 cents on Fifth Street in downtown Mebane, giving the store its name. Two years later, they relocated to a 15,000-square-foot warehouse at 2267 Hwy. 70, but kept the name Fifth Street Books.
Fifth Street Books strongly supports educators. They make frequent book donations to middle schools such as Broadview Middle School and offer an educator’s discount. At Broadview Middle School, the reward for honor roll students is a coupon for free books. All children’s books are only 25 cents for teachers, teacher assistants and home-school teachers.
   Individually, books, CDs or DVDs are 99 cents. The 25-cent sales are held on the third week of every month. The next upcoming sale is on April 21-23. Senior citizens get five free books every Wednesday. The most popular sale is the $5 bag sale, which is held sporadically. Customers can fill up a bag for just $5. One bag can hold up to 50 books.
This bookstore offers a wide variety of items; there are hundreds of educational books from learning Photoshop to Chinese. For Star Wars fans, there is an entire wall packed with the book series. The test prep books are useful for students studying for the SATs. There’s also a wall of DVDs and CDs. While customers browse, the bookstore cat, James Patterson, might be roaming around.

Leeann Williams is a junior at Cummings High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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