The idea of starting a bookshop in Mukinbudin was something that I have always wanted to do, however, I realised that it is too small a town to support one. I love to read and have always bought a lot of books, but last November I thought that it was about time that I weeded a few out, as I was running out of space at home.
As I was carrying a few bags of books to my car to drop off in a Salvation Army bin, it struck me that we should start up a second-hand bookshop in Mukinbudin.
I knew of an empty shop in town so I rang the local Shire CEO to see if they would let me use the building. They were very supportive of my idea and so it began from there.
I put a letter to the community in our local newspaper explaining what I wanted to do. By making it that all the proceeds would be donated to non-profit organizations I hoped that people would support the venture.
The response from the local Mukinbudin community has been overwhelming.
Boxes and boxes of donated books started arriving, and have continued to do so ever since. The local school donated the use of some unused book shelves from their old library, as they have recently had a new one built.
The Carpet shop in nearby Merredin donated floor coverings and our local Hardware store donated a café setting to sit on in front of the shop. Then some very generous locals volunteered to run the shop, as I work at the local school and can only get there after 3.30.
Harry Hermans and Jenny Morrison have spent countless hours running the shop and we even have two lovely ladies from Bencubbin (Laura and Sue) who drive over every Friday to help out.
In the 10 months that we have been operating we have raised almost $3000 and have donated substantial amounts to The Saint John Ambulance, RFDS, The Cancer Council and Muka Matters ( Our local newspaper).
We aim to support organizations that the Mukinbudin Community relies on.
It is a privilege to belong to such a supportive, generous and caring community. The upside is, I haven’t bought a book in months, I just borrow them from the Bookshop.
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