Badger’s Bookshop hosts open house, encourages student reading

Coming up on Sunday, April 17, Badger’s Bookshop is hosting an open house for those who might be interested in exploring a library of potential reads. Refreshments, snacks and potentially some specials on books will be offered.

Owner Will Lock hopes handfuls of people show up to browse his large collection of fiction, nonfiction, western literature, politics, world religions, children’s, history and other genres, as well as appreciate the local art he has for sale decorating the shop.

The open house starts 10:00 am and ends at 5:30 pm.

Tucked behind Field’s Flower Shop, just across 48th Street, rests the small but cozy used-book store. Filled with over five thousand books, Badger’s Bookshop is a fairly new addition to the College View Neighborhood and is definitely worth a visit.

On July 8, 2015, native Nebraskan Lock sold his first book. After retiring he knew he wanted to open a used bookstore, being he was a great lover of books and literature.

“I hope to provide books that people find interesting to read. I don’t want to get rich,” he said.

The shop’s motto “Books for Inquiring Minds” echoes his sentiment, and he’s more than willing to help each and every customer who walks through his doors.

“I’ve read a review of every single book in the shop, so I can help to recommend and tell customers about them, “ said Lock, “I’m definitely willing to help anyone who comes in.”

Lock himself is an incredibly well-read individual, citing Ivan Doig’s “The Whistling Season” as one of his favorite books. “I’m fond of Western writers as well as Nebraskan authors.”

Not only does he sell used books, he purchases them too.

“I prefer people call me ahead of time and describe the books to me so I can give them an idea of what I am interested in and what books they should bring,” he said with a smile. “That way, you don’t end up hauling a massive pile of books down to the shop and I end up only wanting one.”

Will Lock can be reached at 402-314-6602. Hours at Badger’s Bookshop are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; it’s open Tuesday through Saturday.

Graci Escobar is a junior English major with an emphasis on speaking and writing. She loves cats, napping, reading, cuddling cats, browsing independently unpublished stories, binge-watching Netflix, and petting cats. Born and raised here in Lincoln, Graci would love to see the ocean more than seven times and hopes to one day hug every cat in the world.