Choose the Galleries & Bookstore for your holiday shopping
Did you know that you can do your holiday shopping at the library? It’s true. You can find gifts for just about everyone on your list while perusing one of the most beautiful stores in downtown Little Rock. The Galleries and Bookstore at Library Square is a simply stunning space to take in, plus you can find everything from gorgeous, one-of-a-kind works of art to lapel pins. The scent of handmade candles wafts in the air as you shop. Browse custom handmade items, along with a wide assortment of commercially-produced goods in a variety of themes. And of course, if you just can’t decide or don’t have time to browse, you can always grab a gift card.
Gifts for book lovers
With “bookstore” in the name, it’s a given that you would expect to find books here. Categories of books include literary fiction, mystery, science fiction/fantasy, history, religion, philosophy, psychology, and cultural studies, as well as children’s and young adult titles—all averaging around $3-$8 per copy. You can also find a large selection of gently read books and books by Arkansas authors on topics that range from food and photography to history and the outdoors. Or grab a literary themed tote bag that makes for clever, sustainable gift wrap.
Check out the latest from Kat Robinson, as well as The Masked Project by Ashley Murphey.
Stocking Stuffers/Gifts under $20
While there are plenty of gifts you can find that will register on the high end or “Big Gift” category, there are still tons of small gifts that make great stocking stuffers or gifts for that hard-to-buy-for coworker. Socks are always a fun and welcomed gift, especially when you can choose from an assortment of literary-themed socks. Check out the handmade soaps from the Herb Square, at only $8.50 and with scents like Lavender & Lemongrass, it will be hard not to grab one for everyone on your list. A nearby display by artist Gary White houses the most precious mini cheese boards featuring ornate inlays, and starting only $12, it’s an easy way to delight the gourmand in your life. While checking out, peruse the selection of adorable lapel pins that will only set you back about $10.
Gifts for the Art Lover
Items in the gallery are available for sale, prices are marked on each piece. Choose from a selection of custom, handmade woodwork, hand-blown glassware, jewelry, metalworks, and mixed media items. Browse more traditional ideas of art, including prints and paintings, but know that there are other options as well. Check out glasswork by Elizabeth James, including bowls in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. Prices range from $100-$300.
Gifts for Jewelry Lovers
The jewelry available ranges in price from $20 to more than $200 by a variety of artists, meaning there’s something for every style and budget. Grab a pair of earrings made from metal and glass by Cheri Bohn, or a necklace with a charm made from polymer clay by Marlene Gremillion. Snag a new statement piece in the form of a chunky metal bracelet from Michael Schwade. Be sure to check out the intriguing pieces by Richard Prewitt featuring watch components.
No matter who is on your list, you’re sure to find something special at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square. And, who knows, you might find a little something for yourself that you can’t leave without.