Trea­sures lurk in sale stacks

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Thou­sands of books await the crowds ex­pected at this year’s Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Book Fair.

A team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers has spent months pack­ing boxes and sort­ing through the tidal wave of do­nated books.

So­ci­ety mem­ber Lorna Reynolds said there was al­ways a good re­sponse from the com­mu­nity and this year was no dif­fer­ent.

‘‘There is some­thing here for ev­ery­one,’’ she said. ‘‘You name it, we have it.’’ There are al­ways a few trea­sures hid- den among the stacks and this year or­gan­is­ers came across a Ge­orge Eliot novel printed in 1871.

Old records, puzzles, mag­a­zines, CDs and DVDs are also on sale and there are plenty of chil­dren’s books.

Pro­ceeds from the fair will go to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a dairy­ing dis­play in the newly built cow­shed at the Firth Tower Mu­seum.

The fair is be­ing held at the for­mer Ta­bles on Broad­way, on the cor­ner of Broad­way and Vosper St.

It starts on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 3 and runs un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

Do­na­tions of books are still be­ing ac­cepted at the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau on week­days be­tween 10am and 3pm.

Get­ting ready: Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers, from left, Meryl Crow, Colin and Gabrielle Kem­plen, Lorna Reynolds, Bobye Hawes and Jocelyn Downs pre­pare for the book fair.

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