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Y’s Menettes support community initiatives through annual book sale
Pictou County Y’s Menettes books sale, starting Sept. 5, helps support various programs in the community.
The Bluenose Curling Club is once again a treasure trove of literacy, with the Pictou County Y’s Menettes holding a book sale from Sept. 5-12.
This year’s sale is the club’s 45th, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, except for Sunday, Sept. 10 when it’s closed.
“We are always looking for authors we typically read – and new finds that might lead to us discovering new authors to enjoy,” said Joanne Whidden, one of the many guests to peruse the books on Wednesday morning. “We’re retired, so we enjoy reading often. We also read often before we retired, as well — we’ve always had a good book on the go.” The sale features an assortment of books on any imaginable topic, ranging from historical facts to romance novels. The sale is part of the Y’s Menettes’ effort to support an assortment of local community causes.
“Many people come here, look through books, and find their winter reading,” said Carole Dunbar, a member of the Y’s Menettes and an organizer of the sale. “People like to hibernate in the winter with a good book.”
Dunbar said it’s difficult to be certain how many people visit the sale, since many people “tend to show up, and then return,” often buying and donating books.
The Pictou County Y’s Menettes started the sale with around 16,000 books, Dunbar noted, adding, “we put away about as many as we start with, with many people bringing in books as they’re being sold.”
“It’s been dedication that has kept (the sale) going this long,” said Dunbar, commending that dedication in her fellow Y’s Menettes. “Our main focus is to provide service to the YMCA locally and globally, and to support as many community needs as we can.”
The Y’s Menettes support many Pictou County YMCA local program needs and initiatives, including summer day camps, March Break day camps, the Strong Kids campaign and youth leadership programs.
The Y’s Menettes also support several international programs around the globe, providing assistance in combating diseases like malaria; community training and education; scholarships; community development and disaster relief.
The sale is primarily focused on used books, but DVDS and music can also be found among the many treasures available at the Bluenose Curling Club.
Whidden, who was at the sale with her husband John, said she was pleased to have found a book written by a new author she was introduced to earlier in the summer. She said she prefers sales of physical books to online shopping because “you never know what you’re going to find here.”
John Whidden, Joanne Whidden and Ian MacMillan were among those perusing and collecting books at the Y’s Menettes’ book sale on Wednesday at the Bluenose Curling Club.