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Store offers books, great cause

The used bookstore on Lincoln Way donates proceeds to two animal rescue groups
By: Bridget Jones Journal staff writer
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A local used bookstore offers great deals for a great cause. The bookstore is located in the Auburn Ravine Shopping Center on Lincoln Way, and proceeds from the store benefit Friends of Placer County Animal Shelters and the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills. Friends of Placer County Animal Shelters opened the store to help pay the rent at its cathouse on D Avenue, which is an overflow facility from the county shelter, said Sue Stack, a bookstore and animal shelter volunteer. “Over the years thousands of cats have come through there,” Stack said. Stack said the bookstore is not only vital to keeping the cathouse building, but also to helping the Humane Society get off the ground. Jan Lucas, former owner of Jan’s Paperbacks on Grass Valley Highway who volunteers at the store, said she thinks there are currently about 5,000 books in the shop. The books are all organized by genre and author to make shopping easier, Lucas said. “Normally you don’t see this kind of organization (in a used bookstore),” she said. “There are a lot of people who just like to sift through books, but I know, in my business, a lot of my customers came to me because I was so well organized. “ Genres include mystery, fiction, romance, children’s books, biographies, cooking and more. Paperbacks sell for 50 cents and hardbacks are $1. Romances and children’s books are 25 cents. Mary Fischer, a bookstore volunteer, said a lot of customers have been able to find exactly what they’re looking for. “It’s amazing the depth of books we have and how well organized it is,” Fischer said. The bookstore, which opened April 10, is already delighting members of the community, Fischer said. “They are floored at the prices we have for books,” she said. “They love the animals, the cats. Their first reaction is ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were here!’ It’s fun explaining to them … who we are, what we’re about and what the cause is.” The store is expected to be open until June 10 unless a month-to-month lease can be continued, said Rosemary Frieborn, president of Friends of Placer County Animal Shelters. Frieborn said it was difficult to find a month-to-month lease, but the Auburn Ravine Center is a great place for the store. “The property manager is an animal lover, and he got convinced that it was worthwhile.” Stack said. The shop currently has two cats up for adoption. Prudence is a Silver Persian and Colonel Mustard is a Red Tabby with some white coloring. The two can be adopted as a pair. The shop’s first cat, Charlie, was already successfully adopted. Books are accepted at the store daily for anyone wishing to donate. Paul and Sharon Moeller of Meadow Vista said they have been in the bookstore about five times, and they always find something they want. “We have found several books in here that we were looking for,” Sharon Moeller said. “And some we didn’t know we were looking for,” Paul Moeller said. Sharon Moeller said the store’s cause also makes it a great place to shop. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “It helps to save the lives of animals. What better cause (is there) than that?” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com -------------------------------------------------- What: Used bookstore benefiting Friends of Placer County Animal Shelters and the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills. Where: 13384 Lincoln Wy., Auburn Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily Website: animalplace.com, humanesocietysierrafoothills.org