HideAway Books Grand Opening in Daily Herald

Used bookstore opens in AF

Craving a nearby location for used books beyond the local thrift shops, Heidi Rowley, a former journalist and single mom, decided to do something about it. She will celebrate the grand opening of HideAway Books in American Fork on Saturday.

The store features thousands of quality used children’s books, organized by reading level, and a few thousand books for moms, dads, grandparents, and other grown-ups in the family as well. Rowley, a Highland resident and book lover, found that while Provo and Salt Lake County had great used book resources, the growing area of northern Utah County did not.

“I am an avid reader of books for the same reason I was a newspaper reporter for several years, I love stories,” she said. “I’m most attracted to either real stories, or the what-if stories that could be real. But my children are drawn to completely different types of books.”

The store’s grand opening will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 67 N. Center St. in American Fork, across from the city’s Fire Department. There will be face painting, giveaways, drawings, and a visit from children’s author Adam Sidwell, who wrote the Evertaster series, as well as “Fetch” and “Chum.”

“Nothing makes me happier than watching children get sucked into a new story. I love it,” Rowley said. “I can’t wait to bring that bookstore experience to children and families in our community.”