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Bookstore offers to wrap your holiday gifts
Bookstore gift wrapping
Nick Schuller, marketing manager for the Turlock Farmers Market, and Jenni Brannon, owner of Lightly Used Books, get in some practice wrapping gifts. You can have your Christmas gifts wrapped for free today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lightly Used Books, 141 N. Center St. (JOE CORTEZ/The Journal).

Unless your first name is Ebenezer or your last name is Grinch, you love the Christmas season, right? Of course you do.

But no matter how much fun it is to pick out a special gift for that special someone, it’s not as much fun gift-wrapping it.

Well, thanks to Lightly Used Books, 141 N. Center St. in Turlock, you don’t have to worry about that.

Today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the gang at Lightly Used Books will wrap your presents for free.

Merry wrappin’ Christmas, right?

“It’s been a rough couple of years for everybody,” said Jenni Brannon, who has owned Lightly Used Books since January of 2020. “We just wanted to find ways to help each other and make sure the spirt of magic and giving is alive in Turlock, and just do everything we can to help the community.”

Brannon said the idea was the brainchild of Nick Schuller, marketing director for the Turlock Farmers Market, and she was all for it.

“Folks like to have their Christmas presents wrapped,” said Schuller. “We just wanted to wrap some Christmas presents for folks and spread some Christmas cheer.”

It’s simple. When the store opens this morning at 10 a.m., bring your gifts to Lightly Used Books, at the southeast corner of Center Street and East Olive Avenue. They’ll be wrapped by 5 p.m. (only gifts dropped off before 3 p.m. are guaranteed to be wrapped by 5).

“I’m a mother of four and I know it can be overwhelming, sitting on the floor and staying up all night to wrap gifts,” said Brannon. “Then you have to wake up early the next morning and try to be jolly … with a sore back.”

Lightly Used Books also took the opportunity to announce that they will have a book signing on Saturday — Christmas Eve — from noon to 2 p.m. Fresh off of last week’s signing by local author Han M. Greenbarg, a writer of young adult fantasy stories, this weekend’s signing will feature former Turlock resident Yesenia Luna, who now resides in Southern California. Luna will sign copies of her first book of poetry entitled “Falling.”

For more information, contact Lightly Used Books at 209-427-2188.