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Booksmart Books

Left: Booksmart Books is located at Scott Vine Plaza overlooking Scott St. Right: Children's love for Mr.Corkscrew. Photos: Ambika Sangaran.




Booksmart Books, located in the Scott Vine Plaza in north St. Catharines, is unique. Where most secondhand bookshops are loosely organized affairs, Booksmart's owners, Murray and Dana Donovan, take pride in its clean and alphabetically ordered arrangement.


In addition to featuring a wide arrray of second hand books, the store also features the celebrity presence of Mr. Corkscrew (a.k.a. 'Corky), the Donovans' cat. Mr. Corkscrew attracts much attention from kids in the neighbourhood. His purring presence encourages young readers to step into the bookstore and show him some love. When Corky was born, he was part of a large litter. Somehow in early kittenhood, his tail became crooked and bunched up like a corkscrew. e found a welcoming home with the Donvans. In return for the love and attention he receives from the kids, Booksmart Books sponsors the St.Catharines Cobras Baseball Team.


With their tagline 'Give those books a home, other than your own', Booksmart Books Trading Policy provides store credits up to 25%. When purchasing a book from here, you can store credit towards 50% of the purchase amount. The store also offers giftcards in any denomination. Their Special Order services helps you to locate and order the books you are seeking. All you have to do is to send an online request through their website or give a call to the store during opening hours. Booksmart Books website also features monthly book reviews by the Donovans. They also encourage you to read the books and provide comments or feedbacks on their review. 


Check out Booksmart Books Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BooksmartBooks


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Hours of Operation

Monday              9:30am - 5.00pm

Tuesday             9:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday         9:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday            9:30am - 6:00pm

Friday                9:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday            9:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday              Closed



From Toronto:
1. Travel on Queen Elizabeth Way to Toronto.

2. Take exit 46 toward Lake Street/Regional Road 44.

3. Turn right (east) onto Dunlop Drive.

4. Turn right (north) onto Lake Street. 

5. Take the 2nd right (east) onto Scott Street.

6. Destination will be on your right at Scott Vine Plaza.

From Niagara:

1. Travel on Queen Elizabeth Way following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie. 

2. Take exit 46 toward Lake Street/Regional Road 44.

3. Turn right (east) toward Lake Street.

4. Take the 1st left (north) onto Lake Street.

5. Take the 1st right (east) onto Scott Street.

6. Destination will be on your right at Scott Vine Plaza.



In 2009, Murray Donovan and a business partner opened Booksmart Books at its current location in the Scott-Vine Plaza. Soon after, Murray's wife Dana Donovan bought out the partner, making Booksmart Books their own.


Booksmart Books is a long time dream of Murray. The couple co-manages the store. Their aim is to provide a clean and organized storefront for secondhand book lovers that visit the store. They also make sure that the books are arranged in alphabetical order. The pair promises impeccable service to their clients, and friendly feline attention from their cat, Mr.Corkscrew.


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350 Scott St
Unit 103 Scott Vine Plaza
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2N 6T4 Municipality St.Catharines


(905) 346-2658

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.187807
Longitude -79.231928
UTM easting 643674.41
UTM northing 4783188.2


Murray Donovan and Dana Donovan
Tel (905) 346-2658
Email booksmartstore@gmail.com
Website http://www.booksmartbooks.ca/

Surface features 

"near Welland Canals"

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