With the school holidays half over, now is the time to put the iPad down, and take the children for a real-time browse. It is much more fun flicking through real books, than Google. Moreover, they can feel, hold and take home their choice, without delay.
Held in air-conditioned comfort (just right for these hot days) with toilet and bathroom facilities available. A great boon for those with little ones (or anyone else), who seem to want to 'go' at the most inopportune time. The cafe on site will be open until 3:00pm, where you can fuel up between rounds of browsing.
Seize the moment and grab it
Many unique treasures are to be found by a dedicated browser.
You can get lost in the moment while browsing, but if you spot that prize, grab it with both hands. There are no rain checks or sourcing an extra copy from the supplier, from this distinctive bookshop. Unlike commercial bookshops, Book Bazaar is refreshed each week with a donation of several thousand books by the State Library of Western Australia. Thus, even with a choice of over 100,000 books on display at one time, you may never get a second chance.
Ample FREE parking (please follow signs), with all facilities wheelchair friendly, ensures easy and hassle-free access. No city street parking or meters to worry about, so feel free to browse as long as you like.
If you need a hand
Just take a deep breath and plunge in, help is at hand.
Friendly volunteers are available to assist you. With such a large collection of books it can get confusing, even for a free-range browser. If you love books and people, becoming a volunteer may be just up your 'aisle'. Send an email to, email@example.com or call 9381 0193, if you are interested.
Now a word to the wise, if you feel time pressured. Book Bazaar is normally open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm with great bargains. However, Friday, January 19 is the time take advantage of their half price off everything offer. Having scored a few singular bargains myself, I cannot empathise enough, the unique variety of preloved library books available.
Arriving at 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park, turn off into a little (privately owned, by Spine & Limb Foundation) road called Ellis Griffiths Avenue. The ParaQuad building is about 300m along Ellis Griffiths Avenue. Large banners placed out on Selby Street ensure even the casual driver will not miss the turn off. Then follow the signs for a perfect parking spot.
Spine and Limb Foundation (Inc.)
Incorporating: Paraplegic-Quadriplegic Association of WA
and Civilian Maimed and Limbless Association of WA.
Proceeds assist disabled persons. Proudly supported by, Channel 9's Appealathon.
All images are courtesy of Spine and Limb Foundation. Image of 'Reading Time', courtesy of winnod at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and image manipulation by John F.