Humane Society Book Loft retooled

The interior of the Cayman Islands
Humane Society Book Loft received a major facelift recently thanks to the
generosity of a number of supporters.

The shop now boasts new shelving thanks
to a donation by Barbara Levey and Ed Powers, partners in Book Nook.

When the decision was taken to
close down Book Nook 2 in George Town and consolidate all stock in their
Galleria Plaza store, they were left with a large number of shop fittings.

“That store we had for 19 years, so
it was hard closing it,” said Ms Levey.

However, when she heard that the
Book Loft could use some help, she decided to get in contact with them.

“I called and said ‘Would you like
the fixtures?’ So then we gave some to them, we gave some to the prison and
gave some to a church,” said Ms Levey.

The shelves were installed by The
Machine Shop.

According to Kendy Steeves, manager
of the Book Loft, new shelves have made a big difference to the store.

“We’ve certainly increased our
sales – we see that on a daily basis,” she said.

“What we’re also seeing, which is
more important to me, is people coming in because they’ve heard that we’ve
redone the shelves and we have new books, and they are customers who haven’t
been in for a couple of years, and they’re amazed at the difference,” according
to Ms Steeves.

The Book Loft forms a very
important part of the Humane Society’s fundraising efforts.

“If we’re doing well, we’re meeting
our expenses downstairs, and with the rising cost of dog food, rising medical
costs, plus the amount of stray dogs we’re getting, all of that has made even
more of an impact and we have to work really hard to increase our funding,”
said Ms Steeves.

The Book Loft volunteers also had a
lot of work to do as part of the facelift, sorting through the books and
organising new books on the shelves.

To thank the donors and volunteers
for all their hard work during the facelift, the Book Loft hosted a cheese and
wine appreciation evening last week.

To thank the volunteers, there was
also a draw for prizes donated by Effy Jewelers, Atlantis Submarines, The
Jewelry Centre, Guy Harvey, The Reef Resort and Blue Bay Jewelers.

The Book Loft stocks a wide variety
of books, whether fiction or non-fiction. Sub categories in non-fiction include
cookbooks, childcare, health and fitness, sports, business, art, and
photography to name but a few. There is also an extensive fiction section, with
sub categories including romance, general fiction and suspense and science
fiction.

There are also children’s books,
sorted by category and age group, games puzzles and even CDs and DVDs.

The Book Loft is located in the
Humane Society building on North Sound Road, next to AL Thompsons. The store is
open on Mondays from 12.30pm to 4pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm and
again from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm and
Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

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Book Loft volunteers Pauline Simpson and Bev Mosser with Barbara Levey and Ed Powers of Book Nook.
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