|Valerie Hays, owner|
The Village Bookstore
It is always a great pleasure for me to visit used bookstores on my travels. I was not disappointed when I walked into The Village Bookstore in down-town Warrenton, Missouri last weekend.
The bookstore is well lit and not only services those who like a good literary bargain, but also has a coffee bar, comfortable couches, and tables scattered about for those who want to linger.
The owner, Valerie Hays, is a woman with a welcoming smile. She told me that she opened the business three years ago. It sprang from her involvement with Mercy's Hope, a program that she and her husband started in Githunguri, Kenya. There they are working with an orphanage that serves over 50 children and one of their main missions is to make sure every child gets an education. In the store, she also sells jewelry and bags made by women of the village.
I had a ball browsing her collection of over 20,000 books. In addition to the regular fiction and non-fiction sections, she has long shelves filled with first editions and vintage books.
I was fascinated with this mural (painted by someone who works in the store) showing elephants walking across the Kenyan plain. Quite an eye-catcher, don't you think?
As June was Customer Appreciation Month I got a discount on the six books that I bought. Lucky me! I will tell you about those tomorrow.