Nestled between the Forest Grove Community School and the John L. Scott Real Estate building is an overlooked business that offers priceless resources to students. Periscope Books and Tutoring is a warm, eclectic environment for students to find a substantial variety of used books and get assistance from an experienced tutoring program.

The building is an older home filled with used books, comfy chairs and an inviting fireplace. This isn’t just a standard used bookstore filled with water-stained copies of various romance novels. This store has a wide variety of literature, adult nonfiction, philosophy, social sciences and, for traditionalists, Nicholas Sparks.

Owner and former English professor at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Lorri Nandrea, encourages students to come look at her variety of books before purchasing them anywhere else.

“We have a wide variety and I think students will be surprised by what they can find here,” said Nandrea.

If students are interested in trading their books, Periscope accepts books for in store credit, with the exclusion of textbooks.

The tutoring program at Periscope ranges from kindergarten to graduate school. There are eight tutors total, two of the tutors have doctorate degrees: one in English and one in math. Several of the tutors are certified teachers along with three Pacific students.

For students needing assistance in English, statistics, math, biology, chemistry or physics, Periscope is there to help.

The business has a designated tutoring area with computer access and plenty of room to spread out and find clarity in a subject.

Tutoring services are offered by appointment and come with a small fee. Students are welcome to receive individual tutoring or meet as a group. For more information about tutoring, visit periscopetutoring.net.

Other fun and informative activities that go on at Periscope are enrichment programs. On Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., there will be a talk by art historian Skip Buehler about Frederic Remington’s artwork. The event is free and offers refreshments. Other programs are hosted at Periscope throughout the year. For more information visit periscopebooks.com.

“It’s nice to have a mix of community members along with Pacific students visiting our bookstore,” said Nandrea. “It’s a great way to build that bridge between Forest Grove and the university.”

Store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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