Marise hopes bookstore keeps humming along

Opened 25 years ago, Hummingbird Recycled Books & More has become a local institution for people living in Lindisfarne.

Once a customer herself, owner Marise Bird is now selling the much-loved store because of ongoing health problems.

Ms Bird and the local community hope the shopfront remains a bookstore for years to come.

“For a lot of our elderly clientele the store is their only form of entertainment,” she said.

“The store is not only a place to find quality second-hand books, but a place to chat and connect with other readers.”

Since taking over Hummingbird, Ms Bird has made the store a meeting hub for older people living in the village.

“I know there are a lot of people in the community who would be devastated to see the store close,” she said.

“For the past five years I have put everything into the store and I am sad that my health is stopping me from doing more.” Ms Bird has prioritised keeping book prices affordable so everyone can experience the joy of reading.

“The store stocks hundreds of books of by countless authors of differing genres,” she said.

“I have always loved reading so being able to share this passion with the Lindisfarne community has been a real joy.”

Ms Bird said customers travel from as far afield as Launceston and St Helens to support the store.

“All my regulars have a personal interest in seeing the store stay open,” she said.

“It really is an asset of the community and I urge anyone interested in seeing the store continue to reach out.”

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