Monster book fair donations speak volumes
Book lovers have two extra reasons to indulge in their passion for reading this weekend.
If they buy up large at the annual Epsom Rotary Club book fair, they will also support local children’s literacy programmes.
The club is holding the fair to raise money for local primary schools as well as its own projects.
More than 60,000 books have been donated and cover all categories from fiction to university textbooks, DVDs, CDs and more.
Club president Bruno Gin says the book fair is a great community event.
“It helps people recycle their books and also gives people a sense of philanthropy by donating them,” he says.
“Plus it is good to have the opportunity to help our schools and our children.”
The Epsom Rotary Club has been running the book fair for 10 years.
Members have been collecting donations from the community for the past seven weeks and the Orewa Rotary Club has also donated left-over books from its recent sale.
Books have been sorted into categories and include everything from children’s fiction and toys to textbooks and magazines.
Prices will range from 50 cents to $4 for a top quality paperback.
Last year’s sale made about $20,000 for the community and the group hopes to achieve that again.
Mr Gin says schools have used the funds to pay teacher aides, buy new textbooks and other learning aids.
Doug Bunting has been a member of the Epsom Rotary Club for more than 30 years.
He says the book fair is its major fundraiser.
“This sale is going to be a monster,” he says.
Rotary is a non-profit organisation dedicated to community service projects.
It also supports programmes for youth and educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers and other professionals.
The book fair will be held from 8am to 5pm tomorrow and 9am to 3pm on Sunday at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Rd. Entry is $10 from 8am to 9am tomorrow and free the rest of the weekend.
Mr Bunting says the Epsom Rotary Club would also welcome new members.
For more information, phone 625-8850.
Books galore: Epsom Rotary Club members Bruno Gin, left, and Doug Bunting are helping at this weekend’s annual book fair.