I was really pleased to hear about the RSPCA Bookshop on Mill Road re-opening on Saturday – when I first saw the shop empty a couple of weeks ago, I had feared the worst, but it turned out they were just doing the place up!
I popped in today to see how they’ve been getting on since the refurbishment, and was greeted with a very warm welcome. The shop is bright and airy with a new blue and white colour scheme and they have books on just about every subject imaginable (though the poetry and science fiction sections particularly caught my eye!). There’s also a growing collection of CD’s, DVD’s, videos and vinyl records; and you can even buy a cup of coffee to enjoy whilst browsing.
It turns out they actually have more books than space at the moment, so if there’s something you’re after but can’t see it on the shelves, it is probably worth asking. They rely on donations of unwanted books from the public – in fact just this afternoon they had a number of fishing books donated, so if this is what you’re angling for then do pop down and see them.
The bookshop is now one of only two bookshops on Mill Road and is a much needed resource in the area (especially since both Browne’s Bookshop and the Libra Aries shop have closed in the last few years). The shop is staffed by volunteers and the money raised goes to a very good cause – the work of the RSPCA focuses on animal rescue, welfare and cruelty prevention – so I for one am really pleased to see it open again and serving the community.