Blackwell sets lofty goals

The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s Book Loft expanded recently to give customers access to even more books. The expansion was one of the first tasks taken on by Kim Blackwell, who took over as Book Loft manager in January.

According to Ms Blackwell, the Book Loft experienced an influx of books after Christmas, which prompted a reorganisation of the sorting room into a space accessible to book loft customers, as the store did not have nearly enough room to display all the books in stock. Even though some of the books can still not be added to the shelves for lack of space, the expansion certainly increases the chances that customers will be able to find what they are looking for.

“If people don’t find what they are looking for on the shelves out there, they can come [to the sorting room] and have a look,” said Ms Blackwell.

The reorganisation also makes it easier for volunteers restocking the shelves in the main section of the Book Loft. According to Ms Blackwell, the biggest reason for the reorganisation is to help boost the sales at the Book Loft, which plays an important role in helping support the work of the Humane Society.

“Every single penny counts in here – $2 a day feeds a dog, $1 a day feeds a cat, $25 will feed and house a cat for a month,” she says.

The Book Loft and the Humane Society Thrift Shop rely on donations from the public to keep stock in the stores, as well as relying on members of the public to visit the stores for shopping in order to boost the funds of the Humane Society, which goes toward feeding and caring for some 100 animals being housed in the shelter on North Sound Road.

According to Ms Blackwell, the Book Loft stocks books from a wide variety of genres.

“We have everything – we have suspense, we have romance, science fiction, everything that a bookstore has. We have a sports, a computers section, we have a children’s section, everything,” said Ms Blackwell.

The Book Loft also stocks jigsaw puzzles, kids’ games, as well as occasionally selling kids’ toys. The store also runs specials often, as well as boasting an ever changing selection of books.

“Every week the selection is different, because we have donations every day and new books go on the shelves all the time. So if you’re in one week and you don’t see something, come in the next week. We have a request book as well, so if any books come in that you want, then we’ll just call you and you can come on by,” said Ms Blackwell.

Apart from supporting the Humane Society, Ms Blackwell said that shopping at the Book Loft is a great way to save money as well.

“The books are really in fantastic condition, as a lot of the time people will buy the books from a bookstore and then donate it to us, so it’s perfect. You’re getting something that’s $20 or $30 for $3 or $4 here. We sometimes get antique books in and special collectable ones as well,” she said.

The Book Loft is above the Humane Society shelter on North Sound Road, next to A.L. Thompson’s. The store is open from 12pm to 4pm on Monday, 9am to 4pm on Tuesday through Friday, including evening shopping from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday and from 9am to 3pm on Saturday.