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Y’s Menettes sup­port com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives through an­nual book sale

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SAM MACDON­ALD

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.”

SAM MACDON­ALD/THE NEWS

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.

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