Historical Grand Pianos in Ashburnham


Did you know that a world-class collection of antique pianos is located just 23 miles from Groton? The Frederick Collection of Period Grand Pianos in Ashburnham, Mass. hosts over 20 pianos from 1795 to 1928 — and all of them are playable, and regularly played, in tours of the collection and in public concerts. There is no comparable collection of period, playing grand pianos in the United States.

Second Hand Prose Books is delighted to host a talk by Patricia Frederick, co-founder of the Frederick Collection, on Tuesday April 22nd at 7:00 pm. Come hear about the pianos, the work of the Historical Piano Study Center in Ashburnham, and the composers from Hayden through the Romantics to Debussey and Ravel who knew instruments like these and composed for their particular tonal qualities.


Contemporary Fiction in Hardcover


We just got in a good number of hardcover titles. We just got in a broad selection of contemporary fiction in hardcover. Looking for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift? Come in and check out the new arrivals.

Open Community Hours Now on Tuesday


By popular demand — ours and others' — we have moved our Open Community Hours from Monday morning to its new time: Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop in, bring your laptop, your writing, knitting, artwork, or whatever creative project you've got going on, and work for a while in congenial company. The Wi-Fi is on us. The Keurig will be warmed up. Pretty much all the essentials, right there.

Second Hand Prose Books Has Moved to Groton!


After 6 years on Great Road in Acton, we moved the store to Groton, Massachusetts. We wound down in Acton the last day of June, 2013, and reopened to the public in Groton on Tuesday, July 9th at

30A Hollis Street
Groton, MA 01450
978-448-BOOK [-2665]

It's simple to get there: 23 minutes is all it takes to drive the 12.7 miles out Route 119. (Bear right on Hollis Street just past the Groton town hall. The store will be on your right in 1/4 mile.)

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Hope to see you in Groton!