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Abacus Celebrates National Read A Book Day


Is there any better time to curl up with a good book than the fall? We don’t think so. As the weather turns crisp and biting, our warm and cozy homes are a refuge against the changing seasons. The world outside our windows lights up with the mosaic of changing leaves and sets a picturesque scene as we start the next chapter of our favourite book. Curled up with the latest paperback and a pumpkin spiced latte, we escape reality to travel to far-off lands, pull off daring capers, or be swept off our feet by romantic suitors.

While some of us leave books behind in the classroom, others are life-long readers who indulge in the hobby every day. Judging by the number of books that go into our self storage units in Richmond Hill, the team at Abacus can safely say the reading bug has bit a lot of our customers.

If you’re one of them, the team wishes you a belated National Read a Book Day! Held on September 6 of every year, it’s a day that celebrates the joy of reading and the importance of literacy. Usually this holiday comes and goes without much fanfare, but it sparked some interest this year on Twitter as people chirped at the First Lady for her tweet marking the holiday.  

For those of you who love a good page-turner, you don’t need this holiday to commemorate books. You celebrate it every day. Maybe you’re rereading the Handmaid’s Tale so you can catch up on the Hulu TV-series of the same name. Perhaps you’re delving into the ruthless new Hillary Clinton biography. Or maybe you prefer flipping through cook books to find inspiration for your upcoming Thanksgiving Day feast.

What genre you read from your spot in front of the window is up to you, and there’s no limit to the world that lives between the pages of your book. There aren’t two stories alike on your bookshelf — unless, of course, you collect multiple editions of your favourite books.

Reading and collecting often go hand in hand. As soon as one book is finished, another must be started! You can’t pass a bookstore without ducking in and grabbing a copy of the latest best seller. Then there are all the rare copies or special editions that have captured your imagination.

Over time, your shelves may begin to sag under the collective weight of your precious novels. You’ll have to get creative if you expect to display every book you own. If you’re short on ideas, Pinterest is an amazing visual resource that can inspire your inner decorator. Be forewarned, it’s easy to lose hours on this website as you scroll through endless pages of curated content.

These ideas may not be enough for the prolific collector. When your collection sprawls and takes over your home like a mould on bread, you need to make a cull. But when every book holds sentimental value, it may be hard to let go of your precious hardcovers and paperbacks.

Luckily, you don’t have to decide between a clutter-free home and the size of your collection. You can make use of the smaller North York storage units to hold your books safely. At 5 X 5, they’re the perfect size for a few cardboard boxes full of novels. Don’t worry if you need something larger for your hobby. The self storage options in Thornhill are as large as 10 X 10 — which can hold as much as a 3–4-bedroom house.

Whether you need just a little extra space for a few boxes or a lot of space for a huge compendium of hardcovers, each self storage unit is secured and climate controlled to ensure the delicate paper of even the oldest manuscript is well kept.

If your books are starting to pile up on every flat surface, it may be time to move some of them to a self storage unit. When you’re ready to say goodbye to your books, let us know. With a simple phone call, we can set you up with a private storage unit perfectly sized for your needs. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re reading! We want to know what we should add to our Kindle.


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  • 04-17-2014-My girlfriend and I are moving into a new place together and we had to find a secure, affordalble and  convenient storage facility to store our belongings, while we are transitioning to a new apartment. Jane made us feel extremely confident that we were choosing the right place. She helped...

    Scott and Ola, Scottola
  • Great customer service at the Richmond Hill location! We`ve had a storage locker here for just over a year, and the facility is always clean and well-lit. Extremely well-maintained and the staff are super-friendly! :) They even went so far as to help us find an alternate supplier of packing peanuts when...

  • August 23, 2012. I have been a client of Abacus for over two years, and can recommend their services. Jane and her team are always pleasant and helpful, and the premises are clean and secure. In short, an enjoyable experience!

  • November 14, 2011. We have been entirely pleased with Abacus` service and pleasant and professional policies.  They are very quick to respond to inquires and do their best so that our experience utilizing their storge facility is pain and stress free. Thank you.

  • Thank you so much for excellent services. I like the way how the renting storage is organized. It is easy and fast. The customer service is so good!!! People at the front desk are very friendly and helpful at all given time. Thanks again. Galyna

  • thank you for all your help, you are great great to do bussiness with you thank you

    Maria Paheco
  • November 21, 2011. Nice clean premises. Staff have been very helpful!

  • Cleanest seft storage I`ve seen I have used self-storage places 3 times in Canada and I was very impressed on how clean is this place. Other pros: Good location (convinient for me :), very friendly staff, and good price. I do recommend this place. 2011-08-03

  • April 2013-Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. One stop shop to buy all packing and moving supplies. Very clean, bright and secure storage facility, that can be easily accessed. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a storage facility!

    Jodi M
  • I,ve been with you for a decade now and am glad to say how pleased I am with the high calibre of your personnel. Specifically, Jane`s ever friendly, courteous, helpful nature make my visits a joy. She takes genuine interest in us and I send my appreciation. Also, David goes out of his way to assist...

  • Hi there, this messge is for Jane, I just wanted to leave a thank you. Holly was just wonderful, she is professional and she is helpful and it was really kind of her to help me sign in yesterday. I just wanted to let Jane know that Holly is a wonderful resource person and I`ll see you guys later. Bye...

  • September 1, 2012. Abacus Self Storage was recommended to me from clients I had sold a home to several years ago. I have found Jane and all the staff to be unbelievably kind to me as well as patient and understanding. I will always recommend this storage facility to anyone I know. I thank everyone there...

  • I have used Abacus twice in the last 5 years. Terrific service, good rates, exceptionally clean. If I need to use a self storage facility again in the future these are the people I would go to.

    Louise K
  • August 31, 2012. As a customer of many years, I commend Abacus for clean, well-lit and maintained, secure premises with huge carts now for ease of moving items. Customer Service, under Jane`s managment, is efficient and friendly. In fact. I consider the team as friends.

  • 04-30-2013-just rented a storage locker from Abacus Self Storage. They are well organized , courteous, well organized and efficient. The locker is spotlessly clean and I am very pleased with the experience. They provide a lock and also had a special on the space rental on the second floor where I paid...

    Elyse Pomeranz
  • Dear owner, Your site manager Jane is great! Jim C.

  • September 1, 2012. From my first call and enquiry, it has always been a pleasure dealing with the staff at Abacus Self Storage, where they provide outstanding customer service.

  • August 26, 2012. Friendly and helpful staff. clean and professional facility! A truly great place to store things! Highly recommended!

    Elmira and Brian
  • August 24, 2012. Very happy with service.

  • Hi guys, I just recently rented a 10x10 storage unit from you guys and decided to write a review. When I first walked into the office, I was impressed how organized it looked, it was not like the other storage companies I previously visited. It was cleaned, smelled nice and most importantly I was greeted...

  • September 10, 2012. Abacus Self Storage staff have been very helpful, friendly and accessibe. The facility is clean, bright and ideal. I definitely recommend it.

  • I just wanted to drop a quick not to say how much of a pleasant experience it was to reserve our unit and how easy it is to use. At a very stressfull time ( with moving) it`s great to have something go so smoothly.

    Jeff Dunning
  • We are very happy with storage location, facility is alway`s clean and accessible. Anna S

    Anna S
  • August 25, 2012. I was amazed at how organized everything was at Abacus, and Jane`s service was exceptional!! Our locker was totally in order and well lit. the gates and doors work....everything went without a hitch! What a joy to work with a company that really knows their business, and cares...

  • I found this storage facility to be immaculate. The staff is very professional and friendly. Jane, who is the manager her pleasant personality made the stressful event seem effortless. The owner takes very good care of the facility, the storage units are extremely clean and spacious, there prices...

  • We have been with Abacus for a few years and we have never had a problem. The place is always clean, tidy and well kept, they are very nice to deal with and have great customer service. They look out for the customer and we like that. We highly recommend Abacus to anyone looking for storage, and...

  • August 27, 2012. The Team at Abacus is professional, very helpful and courteous-always giving a little bit extra and doing a little bit more that what is asked. The facilities are well-run, clean and secure. I highly recommend them.

  • August 30, 2012. Very clean unit. Great security system. Wonderful organization.

  • September 13, 2012. Walking into the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to store our belongings. Jane was so helpful and accommodating. The place was very clean and well laid out for moving and manouevering your way around. I know I found the place when I walked into Abacus.

  • September 12, 2012. I have never seen a storage facility so clean. The unit is dust free. I can`t believe how clean the property is. Please tell the owner how impressed I am .

  • Satisfied on cleanleness, location, efficient management and reasonable priced.

    Raymond Tam
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