THE Jimboomba community will suffer a devastating loss following the closure of an iconic book store on July 28.
That Book Place has been running in Jimboomba for eight years and has operated from the Jimboomba Junction Shopping Centre since 2013.
The award winning book shop has a reputation for supporting local community groups, sponsoring sporting clubs and showcasing the literary work of authors in Logan and Queensland.
Sunshine Coast author Scarlet Rose, 13, is the youngest writer to feature at the store and her Guardians of Heartstones book sold out.
Former Flagstone State School teacher and That Book Shop owner Christina Graham said it was a privilege to serve the community she loved.
“Some of the highlights have been serving the community, providing work experience opportunities to students with special needs and rehabilitating women to re-enter the work force,” she said.
“Promoting local authors and giving them a place to put their books has also been awesome.”
Ms Graham said she would donate any unsold books in the young adult section to the Lady Cilento Hospital, in support of 14-year-old Jimboomba girl Lucy Newman who is collecting books to be used for teenage cancer patients.
Lucy was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 and relapsed in November last year.
Ms Graham said she would also contribute to local charities including Chicks Conquering Cancer, Lion’s Club, Rotary and Quota International.
“I’m in the process of contacting charities that want books to sell in their op shops or to send overseas,” she said.
Ms Graham said she would be spending more time focusing on her engineering consultancy business.
That Book Place will offer a number of discounted sales leading up to the closure.