Visitors enjoy search for a good read
The doors opened early on the final day of the Firth Tower Book Fair as people lined up outside eager to find a good read.
The book fair is run by the Matamata Historical Society and the funds will be used to help it with the upkeep of exhibitions at the Firth Tower Museum.
Society President Ernie Keene said there had been a steady number of people coming through the three-day book fair, which opened on Thursday.
Saturday was expected to be quieter but proved to be as busy as the previous two days. Book collectors were among those waiting to be let in on Saturday morning, prompting organisers to open a bit early.
‘‘It’s probably a better turn out than last year. We had 50 tables out for books last year, this time we’ve got 70.’’
Keene estimated between 10,000 and 11,000 books were donated to the book fair this year.
‘‘It’s been a great team effort this year to get everything ready for the first day on Thursday. Everything was set up on Wednesday for us and all we had to do was bring the books over.
‘‘We’ve accumulated the books over the past 12 months for the fair and we’ll start looking for new books again straight after this [fair] one.’’
Keene said he was pleased to see people of all ages come in looking for a book to take home.
‘‘We’ve had adults, parents and a lot of children’s books going out.
‘‘So it’s good to see that children aren’t just at home playing on their iPads, they’re looking for books to read too.’’
Keene said the funds will help the society manage the exhibitions and displays for people to enjoy at the Firth Tower Museum.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of development plans for the museum over the coming years but it’s all got to get past council first.’’
Keene, who had been involved with the society for about five years, was also waiting for the results of the local government elections on Saturday, for the Matamata Ward of the MatamataPiako District Council.
He said the society was hopeful the council would continue its keen interest in the museum over the coming three-year term. He also wanted to encourage more volunteers to become involved.
‘‘We have a volunteers day every Wednesday morning from 8.30am. We have a huge range of people, skills and knowledge which is very valuable.’’