Thrilled buyers carried close to 30,000 books out the door during the Matamata Historical Society’s annual book fair.
More than $10,000 was raised and all proceeds will go towards the Madill Shed at the Firth Tower Museum.
One of the organisers, Colin Kemplen, was absolutely delighted with the turnout of people and said many of their buyers enjoyed it so much they came back each day for more bargains.
‘‘ We are delighted at how much we raised,’’ Mr Kemplen said.
‘‘We always need money for projects at the Tower so it was wonderful to raise that much.’’
The books that didn’t sell will be distributed to various organisations around the area.
‘‘Books have gone to the Waikeria Prison library, to the Kiwanis for their Vanuatu project, Te Aroha Lions for their Book Fair later in the year, Tauranga Rotary Club for their Easter 2012 Book Fair, magazines to Waikato Hospital and large print books to Pohlen Hospital to name a few,’’ he said.
He said it was the generosity of all those who donated pre-loved books to the fair that made it the success it was.
Historical Society and Matamata Writers Group member Lorna Reynolds wrote a poem to mark the conclusion of the event.