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Do you like to get lost in a good book, or how about thousands of books?
Over 300 boxes with thousands of titles are being prepared to be transported to the Memorial Centre next week for the Firth Tower book fair.
Five dedicated women work one morning a week, all year around to sort the books for the annual fair.
Lorna Reynolds, is one such volunteer.
She works with Sue Crawford, Meryl Clow, Joanna Grant and Bobye Hawes every Wednesday morning at the Firth Tower, scanning each title and sorting into the appropriate boxes for transport. ‘‘There is a mixture of all.’’ As soon as one fair finishes, the five women start collecting and sorting books for the next one.
Boxes and bags of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines have been handed in on a daily basis at the Chronicle office over the past few months.
Reynolds says the most popular genre is fiction, and there are plenty of categories for people to scan for their favourite authors, subjects, hobbies or for something new.
People rarely leave empty handed.
She says the book fair is very popular and is the biggest in Matamata and by comparison to others the ladies have been to, it is quite large.
It attracts people from outside the area, and is also very well supported by the locals.
In previous years the fair was held at a vacant building on Broadway, which is now Redberry Supermarket.
With the Matamata Memorial Centre under construction in 2017, Reynolds is unsure where the next book fair will be held.
‘‘We have to venue,’’ she says.
There a very few excess titles at the end of the three day fair.
She says those left behind get donated to correctional facilities, and even overseas to various organisations.
Books will be priced from 50 cents and upwards to $5.
All the funds raised from the fair go towards the Firth Tower, for general upkeep and upgrades.
The fair starts Thursday, October 6, and runs till Saturday, from 9am-5pm. find another
Sue Crawford, Meryl Clow, Lorna Reynolds, Joanna Grant and Bobye Hawes scan some of the titles from the 300 banana boxes of books for the book fair.