Grove City really needed a bookstore, says Lora Baker.

Grove City really needed a bookstore, says Lora Baker.

"I'm a huge reader, so books are my passion," she said. "They can take us to all kinds of places."

Read It Again Books, the used bookstore co-owned by Baker and Lynn Giese, opened July 14 at 3931 Front St. in the Historic Grove City Town Center.

Store hours are 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

"Reading is something that cannot be replaced," Baker said. "Reading is the key to people's future. The more you read, the more you know."

Read It Again Books currently is purchasing gently used books and is accepting all different genres: fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult and more.

"We're trying to address the general reader, and we want to stock what they want," Baker said. "I'm not specializing in one type of book."

It's not just books that Read It Again specializes in. Other offerings at the store include handmade wooden pens and Christmas ornaments crafted by Giese; one-on-one in-store math tutoring with a 25-year member of the National Tutor Association; and, eventually, showcases for local artists.

"We decided we needed more than books to draw people in," Baker said.

For Giese and Baker, the book store is a continuation of their day jobs. Giese is the tutor coordinator at Columbus State Community College, responsible for coordinating peer tutoring for students, while Baker is a secretary at Brookpark Middle School.

"It helps that I work at a middle school," Baker said. "I know what kids are looking for."

Already, the store has thousands of books in stock, she said.

"People have been great about bringing them in," she said. "I'm very excited."

Baker, a lifelong Grove City resident, said she is looking forward to sharing her love of reading and becoming a vital part of the community.

"I just love talking to people and having them visit," she said. "I hope that our role will be much more than a store. I would love to see us grow and become more part of the community."