Find your next read at book fair

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KELLEY TANTAU

There’s more than 60,000 books in­side Te Rapa Race­course.

Their pur­pose? To be bought by book­worms, re­searchers and schol­ars at the Red Cross Book Fair.

In its 21st year, the an­nual fair binds thou­sands of books in each genre at one lo­ca­tion.

But there are no fan­tasy crea­tures help­ing the many vol­un­teers set up the rooms.

Red Cross’ Philippa Robert­son said they need a rugby team to help them ma­noeu­vre all the books.

But there is no Sam Cane or Aaron Cru­den in sight. In­stead, helper Les Vuletich be­comes a dif­fer­ent kind of hero.

Vuletich mans the Col­lec­tor’s Cor­ner, which is fit­ting, be­cause he, too, is a col­lec­tor.

‘‘I’m in­ter­ested in ar­chae­ol­ogy, so fos­sils, ge­ol­ogy, any­thing in that line.’’

He said he’s met a few peo­ple at the fair look­ing for the same kind of books.

‘‘You can get a very good friend­ship with a per­son be­cause they have a com­mon in­ter­est to what you have. They’re taken back that you can con­verse with them on their sub­ject.’’

Favourable books for shop­pers in­clude Barry Crump, Footrot Flats, Enid Bly­ton, cook­ery and art books, Vuletich said.

‘‘Peo­ple say to me, ‘look, you can go on the com­puter’, but there’s noth­ing like go­ing to your own book­case, tak­ing a book out and it’s right in front of you. Com­put­ers, mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, it’s nice but (books) take time.’’

All pro­ceeds will go to­wards sup­port­ing and run­ning Red Cross com­mu­nity pro­grammes in the Waikato.

Philippa Robert­son said the race­course has be­come a fan­tas­tic home for the fair.

‘‘For years we had to find an empty build­ing around Hamil­ton. One year at the old Place­mak­ers build­ing which has now gone, a cou­ple of years in Frank­ton, one year in Ward St when the roof flooded a few days be­fore the book fair and the en­tire re­li­gion sec­tion was drenched.

‘‘Danielle at Te Rapa has been a great help and of course, with the good park­ing, it makes it much eas­ier for peo­ple.’’

Red Cross Book Fair, Te Rapa Race­course, Te Rapa Rd, Hamil­ton, Fri­day, Septem­ber 8, Sun­day, Septem­ber 10.

Les Vuletich mans the Col­lec­tors Cor­ner at the book fair.

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