Capistrano Valley News (Newspaper) - May 29, 2014, Capistrano Valley, CaliforniaNICK AGRO. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Biographies art among th* offerings that customers can peruse at the new bookstore at the San Juan Capistrano Library.BOOKS FROM PAGE I "What we’ve been lacking .ill thi*- time is street access,” said Mary DeMers, president of the Friends of the Library. “The fact that we have our own address will hopefully bring a lot More people in." m The old bookstore was Ttidden from the street in the northwest end of the building. A couple of signs direct visitors there, but many simply never knew it tfas there. ST The Friends of the Library spent years trying to Taise money to build a new, more visible store. They got about $287,000. The City Oouneil last year loaned the group $60,000 to cover the rest of the $327,000 contract with Avi-con Inc., a Riverside construction company. The extra $20,000 covered the contingency cushion required by the city to cover unexpected costs during construction. The Friends of the Library is to pay back the money in fixe years. The new location is expected to make that easier to do. A studv predicts sales will rise by $24,000 the first j ear the store is open, then $37,000 to $55,000 in the fallowing years. The old bookstore sold "about $83,000 in books in »I we years, according to city * documents. ! Most books cost no more I than a couple of dollars. DFD1r ATI DUO fj.fr PffTtwyff ryf - a SJT a *. f Apr KTP ANO ' v r '-7* *v fPITSTK Of TH* iiltPA > ppowm noon reading AND (SPOT) LEARNING — ANNA REED, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A plaque marks the site of the new bookstore at San Juan Capistrano's library, which will hold a grand opening celebration Sunday. And don’t expect to find dusty, dog-eared paperbacks filling the store’s shelves: Volunteers made a point of stocking it with high-quality hardcovers, and t hey cleaned each book. Thousands of more books are kept in storage and available to replenish the shelves. Franklin-Covey, a time-management training company, sold bookshelves and display cases from its now’ closed Orange County store at a steep discount: about $750 for the entire setup. And artist Jane Zeiger donated two paintings inspired by drawings from exchange students about what California means to them. “Mary has tried really hard to make it look first class, and I think it does,” said Jean Vincenzi, former Friends of the Library’ president. Vincenzi is a longtime volunteer whom E* 'Mers calls the Friends of vhe Library's matriarch. She worked for years to relocate the bookstore and said she saw’ how other libraries in the region picked up on the bookstore idea after theirs opened years ago. She talked to those bookstore managers and learned CONTACT THC WRITER: 949-492-5122 or mcuniff$>ocr*qist er.com Twitter: •meqhanncuniff NICK AGRO. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Volunteers Jeannette Pease, riqht, and Sharon Gayer stock the shelves of the new bookstore. their sales were “anywhere betw’een three and four times as much” as San Juan Capistrano’s. The difference? Visibility. “The old story’ of location, location, location is really the message,” Vincenzi said. DeMers called the store “our gift to the community.” “We w’ant this to be the community’s bookstore,” DeMers said. “They’ve been crying for it for so long.” NICK AGRO. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Randi Peshkin works on shelving books at the new library bookstore before Its qrand opening, which will be held Sunday in San Juan Capistrano.Wanted: volunteers The Bookstore at the San Juan Capistrano Library will be open every day from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. to begin. The Friends of the Library is looking for more volunteers interested in working in the store. For information, call 949-218-4512. ^ POLICE BLOTTER (NM* <M»* ————— ♦ Here are recent Sheriff's Department reports from I San Juan Capistrano. Details are provided when avail-; able.MAY 27 ;• Keep the peace. 6:25 ’•.rn. 27700 block Ortega > Highway. *• Drunk in public. t44 p.m. Del Obispo Street and Paseo Adelanto.MAY 26 • Burglary alarm. 10 p.m. 26400 block Camino de Vista. • Suspicious person/circumstances. 9:38 p.m. Del Obispo and Altpaz streets. • Disturbance. 4:27 p.m. 33100 block Via Cristal. • Investigate person down. 12:09 a.m. La Zanja Street and Camino Capistrano. A caller said a shirtless man in Bermuda shorts was lying on the middle of the street.MAY 25 • Disturbance. 4:53 p.m. Calla Aviador and Avenida Aeropuerto. A caller asked deputies to check for a party with loud drums. • Suspicious person/circumstances. 12:28 a.m. 27100 block Paseo Burladero. A resident said a man knocked on the door and walked away.MAY 24 • Disturbance. 11:43 p.m. 32200 block Paseo Carolina. 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