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—  Books & Vinyl  —

Come browse over 80,000 used books, new selections by local authors, and hand-made local products!

Webster's is known for our eclectic mix of used books, spanning genres from sociology to cookbooks, the occult & New Age to fiction (both modern & classic), science fiction to literary criticism, and everything in between. We come from a long line of second-hand bookstores and can trace our lineage in State College back to a small storefront on Fraser Street, started in the 1970s. Stop in to browse our stacks with a great cup of coffee or tea from our café, and join our community of book lovers.

We're also proud to carry new books and handmade local products from members of our local community. Stop in to pick up your neighbor's newest poetry chapbook, hand-drawn card, or soap made from locally-produced ingredients. Our new books and wares fuel our local economy and make a great gift, whether for yourself or someone else!

You can browse a portion of our stock via our online storefront, hosted on Alibris.

Author of the Week: Alice Hoffman

We have many of her titles in stock and they can be yours at 50% of our regular prices during our January Clearance Sale!

Hoffman’s first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff’s magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published over thirty novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering HeightsPractical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Hoffman has written a number of novels for young adults, including AquamarineGreen Angel, and the New York Time bestseller The Ice Queen. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyThe Los Angeles TimesLibrary Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her teen novel Aquamarine was made into a film starring Emma Roberts. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York TimesThe Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon ReviewThe Los Angeles Times, Architectural DigestHarvard ReviewPloughshares and other magazines.

Toni Morrison calls The Dovekeepers “.. a major contribution to twenty-first century literature.” The story of the survivors of Masada is considered by many to be Hoffman’s masterpiece. The New York Timesbestselling novel was adapted for television in a 2015 miniseries, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, starring Cote de Pablo of NCIS fame.

—  New & USed Vinyl  —

Webster's is the home of Stax of Trax, a locally-owned & -operated vinyl shop! Josh Ferko has been in the record business for over 40 years (you might remember him from Arboria Records, formerly located just up the block).

Stax of Trax features the finest selection of quality Vintage Vinyl in Central Pennsylvania. New records are stocked every week, usually on Saturday afternoon. And visit to learn more or check us weekly on Facebook 

We are always interested in purchasing quality record collections - large or small. Contact me at 814-237-9522 or

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