THE Smart Street Mall bookshop has been the heart of Mandurah branch of Save the Children since 2008 and after recent renovations is sporting a fresh new look and a large quality range of books.
In 1999, thanks to an idea by Robyn Brown, the branch started collecting books for a fundraising book sale.
The first book sale was held in Tuckey Street in a venue donated by Kevin Green and due to its success, the sale became an annual event.
The generosity of Chris Brett meant the then Mitre 10 building in Sholl Street could be used for selling books until it was demolished in 2006.
A new location was needed and the first Save the Children bookshop in Australia was eventually opened in the Smart Street Mall in 2008.
The shop was an instant success and covered start-up expenses in the first two months. Shop manager Laurel James and branch members’ hard work paid off.
Dedicated volunteers worked in the shop to raise funds for underprivileged children and due to its success, a bigger shop was sought and found, also in the Smart Street Mall, in 2011.
In July, the shop underwent a revamp. Volunteer Jem Wood and manager Helen Spencer designed the new layout and a coat of paint, new posters and a shift around have brightened up the shop, which boasts a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.