Ro­tary bar­gain books serve the com­mu­nity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Hélène Hamel Stanstead

This Satur­day, like the first Satur­day of ev­ery month, the Ro­tary Bound­ary Book­store opens its doors. Shop­pers can browse and buy from 9 a.m. to noon.

Al­lan Smith, lo­cal Beebe res­i­dent and long-time mem­ber of the Ro­tary, was the per­son who came up with the idea of a book­store. In speak­ing with the Sherbrooke club, he got his first do­na­tion af­ter their gi­ant an­nual Oc­to­ber book­sale. Ray Fluet, fel­low Ro­tar­ian, do­nated the space which is in his for­mer hard­ware store. It lo­cated right next door to Rona’s in Beebe on rue Prin­ci­pal.

The sale has been on­go­ing since 1999, with the shop open­ing ev­ery first Satur­day of the month. What will you find in­side?

There are English and French books in hard­back and pa­per­back. Nov­els, Har­lequin ro­mances, cook­books, an­i­mal and Cana­di­ana books, bi­ogra­phies and chil­dren’s’ books are all part of the se­lec­tion. There are books on hu­mour, re­li­gion, mu­sic and art. Not enough va­ri­ety? Add to the of­fer dic­tio­nar­ies, games and puz­zles.

Books are sorted by cat­e­gory and kept well or­ga­nized by the team of 10 vol­un­teers. They are Ro­tar­i­ans and two oth­ers, Mme. Roland Veilleux (spe­cial­izes in the French book sec­tion) and Lucy Tay­lor (who works in the kids book sec- tion). Vol­un­teers not only sort and sell books they also keep the shelves stocked with new finds. As books come in they are ex­am­ined and cat­e­gorised and those that are not saleable are re­cy­cled.

It’s been a few years since the store re­lied on do­na­tions from Sherbrooke. Now lo­cal peo­ple know this is the place to drop off their books and buy some new ones. There are reg­u­lar cus­tomers who come one month, buy their books and drop them back off the fol­low­ing month when they buy some more!

Li­braries clear old books through the store, whether they are left­overs af­ter their sales, or a clos­ing like the Hat­ley li­brary, this is a per­fect place to make read­ing re­cy­clable. Prices are low. Hard­cov­ers are 1$, pa­per­backs .50 cents. This Satur­day Feb 5th there is a spe­cial sale on French books. Fill a large brown paper shop­ping bag full and only pay 5$. March is Ro­tary lit­er­acy month so the store will of­fer one free book to any­one who comes into the store. Kids will be given an ac­tiv­ity sheets as well.

What does the Ro­tary Club do with the money? They use it to fund all the projects they sup­port in the com­mu­ni­ties on both sides of the border. An­nu­ally they raise ap­prox­i­mately 6,000$ per year with the 12 sales. Buy­ing books at the store not only makes sense from your wal­let’s point of view but with each book you buy you are sup­port­ing a com­mu­nity project funded by the Ro­tary of the Bound­ary. Happy Read­ing!

photo Jen Young

I ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of Steve and Francine Lil­ford of Sherbrooke, now liv­ing in Zim­babwe.

pho­tos cour­tesy Ro­tary Bound­ary

Ro­tar­i­ans Geoff Telling, Al Marin and Ce­cile Joyal wait for cus­tomers in the Ro­tary’s book­store in the Beebe sec­tor of Stanstead.

Long-time Ro­tar­ian Al­lan Smith first came up with the idea for the Ro­tary book­store.

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