Palmerston North Red Cross Bookstore turns a page
WARWICK SMITH / Stuff
A new chapter for the Red Cross Bookstore is about to open at the corner of Cook and Church streets. Susan Lockyer, Kalwyn Pereka, Jill Spicer and Val Harrison prepare for the reopening.
Palmerston North bargain book hunters will once again be able to indulge when the Red Cross bookstore reopens on Monday in a new location in Church St.
The second-hand bookstore had to close in February when it was forced to leave the Red Cross Center in Main St by a report of poor earthquake resistance.
Branch president Don Thomas said that while administration and immigration support staff could stay in the meantime, the entire building would soon be empty and the property would be subject to reclamation. tender.
The book collection and book sorting work had been temporarily moved to the former vacant rooms of the Terrace End Bowling Club in Summerhays St.
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The annual book sale organizer, volunteer Jill Spicer, said the availability of the large clubhouse was fortunate as former locals moaned under the build-up of books caused by the cancellation of the Covid lockdown -19 from the 2020 sale.
“We had 18 months of boxes of books and our normal storage just couldn’t cope.”
The new location is in the mall on the corner of Church and Cook streets, across from the fire hall and next to the game library.
Spicer said she was thrilled with the local locals, which had plenty of parking, and the rental next door for her roughly 60 volunteers to do the book-sorting work.
Until now, boxes ready for next year’s book sale were lined up on a wall. As the Queen’s next birthday weekend approaches, the storage space would be full.
The book sale would have lasted 30 years without the Covid-19 lockdown, and had gone from raising $ 1,000 in the first year to over $ 140,000.
Spicer said one of his favorite book sale stories was about families who planned their visits from their Australian home in Palmerston North to coincide with the sale, so their kids could experience the sale they enjoyed when they were growing up.
The store was about a third the size of Main Street and opened longer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Store manager Val Harrison said more than 20 volunteers had spent the past week stocking shelves in preparation for the reopening.
“It’s going to be absolutely wonderful.”
Some people had already asked to come and sail, and deliveries were also taking place.
First aid training had moved to a new center in Dahlia St.
The new Read Book Store opens at 10 a.m. on Monday. This will be the place where people can drop off donations of books, puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs, records and sheet music.
Other flea market donations must be dropped off at the boutique on avenue Tremaine.