Pick up a few books for summer

Don’t let the Kal Lake Road construction prevent you from making your way to the Book Warehouse

If you’re looking for that perfect book to enjoy by the pool or at the beach, the Alpine Centre Book Warehouse has what you’re looking for.

While road work is continuing on Kal Lake Road, the book store is busy with volunteers stocking the shelves and customers stopping in to pick up everything from best-selling fiction and classic literature, to cook books and board books for children. Books range in price from 50 cents to $1.

“If you’re looking for general fiction, history, self-help, or travel books you may well find it at the Book Warehouse,” said coordinator Lesley Hayes. “If you’re working in your garden, want to try new recipes, or need to do some home improvement we have a large selection of reading material.”

Hayes added that the store’s large children’s department has everything from board books and easy readers to chapter books, all well-organized to help you find the book you desire. And if it’s not books you are looking for, there is a large selection of audio books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles to choose from.

The Book Warehouse is completely volunteer-run. Half of the proceeds are directed to Special Olympics Vernon and the balance goes to support other local charities. Among those receiving donations in the past year are the Learning Disabilities Association, the Vernon MS Society, the First Nations Friendship Centre and school lunch programs at local schools. A full list of donations is posted at the store.

“Volunteers are urgently needed to keep the store open,” said Hayes. “If you enjoy a very social environment, know your alphabet, like to read and look forward to helping customers find that perfect book, then you are needed. A commitment of four hours per week is requested.”

For more information on volunteering, please contact Hayes at 250-275-2676 or email alpinebookwarehouse@gmail.com

The Book Warehouse is at the Alpine Centre, 100 Kal Lake Road, at the top row near the railway tracks. The store is open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Customers are encouraged to brave the roadworks in the area. The store can still be reached via Kal Lake Road, or take Highway 97 (turn off at Okanagan College then left at the light) or Middleton Way and Husband (turn right at the Kal Road light).