Janet Dobie

Janet Dobie

Special Olympics turns a page with new book warehouse

The grand opening of the warehouse gets underway Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alpine Centre

Special Olympics is opening a new chapter with its new book warehouse.

The grand opening of the warehouse gets underway Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alpine Centre on Kalamalka Lake Road (follow the signs).

The warehouse is home to tens of thousands of cheaply-priced, good quality books for sale in support of Special Olympics.

“If you are looking for a read for the beach or some books for the kids, we have plenty and you won’t believe the prices,” said John Topping with Special Olympics.

Community-spirited Tim Hortons has come through again and is offering complimentary coffee and Timbits at the opening. Dairyland/Saputo is supplying strawberry and premium chocolate milk for kids.

“Mayor Rob Sawatzky will be on hand to help us cut the ribbon to our new and larger book warehouse at 10 a.m.,” said Topping, adding that the Alpine Centre unit has been generously donated by Klaus and Doris Linemayr.

“The Special Olympics book warehouse is one of Greater Vernon’s best-kept secrets. It has well over 100,000 used books for sale – soft and hardback, fiction, kids, self-help, cooking and more – priced from 15 cents to just $2.”

Money raised helps cover expenses for Special Olympics programs in the Greater Vernon area.

“We appreciate any book donations,” said Topping.

“They may be dropped off at the book warehouse or phoned for pick-up.”

For information or donation of books phone 250-545-1287. The warehouse is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

“We’ll also open by appointment for large orders.”