A New Lifeline Book Shop Pops Up in Roseville

A new kid on the block has moved in at Roseville’s Hill Street retail strip – a pop-up Lifeline Book Shop.

Since it opened on 9 June, Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s first dedicated book store has been warmly welcomed by locals, many of whom have been so impressed by the range and quality of items on offer that they’ve already returned for repeat visits. In fact, according to Michael Cleary, Lifeline H2H’s Lindfield Book Depot Coordinator, ‘the response from the public has exceeded all expectations’.

The COVID-related suspension of Lifeline H2H’s much-loved annual Book Fairs across the North Shore has meant that the new Book Shop is able to offer an outstanding selection of books, DVDs and CDs from the enormous stockpile of donations housed at their Lindfield depot.

While, initially, only fiction/children’s/cookery/craft books, DVDs and CDs were made available, the shop has now introduced 12 nonfiction categories, mainly in response to customers’ requests and interests. So, apart from the particularly extensive collection of children’s books to explore (split into different age categories), book enthusiasts and bargain hunters will now also find a diverse range of titles in subject areas that include art, music, travel, history, military, sport and true crime.

Conveniently located at 21 Hill Street, across the road from Roseville station, the spacious premises occupied by the Lifeline Book Shop have been provided rent-free for two months by real-estate firm Marshall.Chan.Yahl. Lifeline H2H’s CEO, Wendy Carver, is immensely grateful for their support: ‘MCY’s amazing generosity is allowing us a vital revenue stream at a time when so many of our usual fundraising efforts have been placed on hold.’

Lifeline’s pop-up Book Shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm. In accordance with recommended guidelines, appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices have been implemented to protect both customers and volunteer staff. Stocks are replenished every day, bags are provided for purchases (but BYO boxes if needed), plenty of street parking is available, and card is preferred to cash.

Lifeline H2H looks forward to welcoming customers to their latest retail venture and thanks the community for its valued support in helping them help others.

Funds raised by the Book Shop will go towards Lifeline H2H’s suite of services, including the 24/7 telephone crisis hotline 13 11 14, community aid, and clinical services.