Bookstore Hours & Pricing

Get a bestseller for yourself or a classic for a gift at the Alice Owen Williams Bookstore!  100% of the proceeds fund Centerville Public Library programs, operations and events.


Harcovers: $2

Paperback: $1

The Bookstore is currently open:

Tuesday - Friday    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Alice Owen Williams

Born in Boston and raised on the Cape, Alice was graduated from Bridgewater State College, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Alice taught English for 35 years. She started her career in Japan, where she taught for the U.S. Air Force Dependent Schools, and then returned to the Cape to teach at the Brooks School for Boys in Harwichport.

Alice spent the majority of her teaching career, however, in the Barnstable public system at both the junior and senior high schools. At Barnstable High School, she developed the Shakespeare and the journalism courses, and she leaves behind a large family of beloved former students.

A patron of the Globe Theatre in London, Alice had a lifelong love of Shakespeare, but she was also passionate about local arts and culture. She wrote reviews and handled the publicity for a number of local theaters and was a columnist for the D-Y Register and the Cape Cod News in the 1970s. Later, she served as the editor of Cape Arts magazine and the secretary of the Mid Cape Cultural Council.

In retirement, Alice was a volunteer at and a trustee of the Centerville Public Library. She established and operated the used book store, which continues to provide additional funding to the library. For many years, Alice touched the lives of residents and visitors to the Cape with her love of books.

[SOURCE: Cape Cod Times Obituary, June 9, 2013]


Our bookstore is entirely staffed by volunteers!

If you are interested in joining this wonderful group, please contact Pat or Guy at

Guidelines for Donations

The Library Bookstore welcomes donations of gently used:

  • popular hardcovers
  • paperbacks
  • children’s books
  • DVDs (must be in the case)


  • Textbooks
  • VHS tapes
  • ReaderDigest Condensed Books
  • Books that are damaged IN ANY WAY including loose or missing pages, mildew or water damage, or odors.

Please leave donations on the bench at the back door of our library during library hours only.  We ask that you please donate no more than 4 bags of items at one time.