Rotary bargain books serve the community
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!
I appreciate the efforts of Steve and Francine Lilford of Sherbrooke, now living in Zimbabwe.
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.