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Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

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

REXINE HAWES

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.

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