Books find home
Thursday, 28th May, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Browzers Bookshop may be gone, but former owners Paul and Kay Lewis have found a way to continue sharing the joy of the written word with the local community.
The book store was recently closed after the couple decided to retire and no-one could be found to keep the popular Argent Street shop going.
“We were unable to find a buyer, which was unfortunate because it was a good business,” said Paul.
Although the city lost a great shop, it has now gained a new resource after the couple donated thousands of leftover books to the Broken Hill City Library.
They said they have no idea how many books were donated, although library staff estimated it would be well over $10,000 worth.
The act of generosity drew high praise from Mayor Wincen Cuy, who said it would be warmly appreciated by everyone.
“It is a wonderful gesture and their donation will be here at the city library for all to share,” Cr Cuy said.
“In terms of their donation, they have provided a gift that will continue to give for a number of years.
“It will certainly add to the already wonderful collection of books at our library.”
Library services Coordinator Cheryl Smith said staff were amazed at the donation.
“It certainly took us by surprise. I know those who use this wonderful facility will enjoy many hours of great reading thanks to Paul and Kay,” Ms Smith said.
“The challenge is getting the books into their right categories, but it will be a challenge we will embrace because of the quality and quantity of these books.
“Our staff are so grateful for the donation - and, of course, our library users will be keen to see the new stock.
“This is a gift that can be used by the whole of our community. Thanks Paul and Kay, it is very much appreciated.”
With their good deed done and no business hassles to contend with, Paul and Kay said they would now enjoy their retirement in the Silver City.
“We’ll now be moving onto other things - mainly grandparent duties, and hobbies and a few other things,” said Paul.