Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

A Ro­torua book­shop is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to get beady-eyed for a trea­sure hunt cel­e­brat­ing New Zealand Book­shop Day.

Mcleod’s Book­sell­ers man­ager Jemma Pir­rie says the store is hold­ing a few events to cel­e­brate NZ Book­shop Day.

To­day at 11.30am there is an un­der-5s dress up com­pe­ti­tion, where any child five or un­der can go dressed up as their favourite book char­ac­ter, and be in to win prizes from both Mcleod’s Book­sell­ers and the Arts Vil­lage Cafe.

Then to­mor­row, is Mcleod’s an­nual trea­sure hunt, which was started a few years ago as a way to cel­e­brate and give some­thing back to cus­tomers.

“We wrap free books in brown paper and hide them in their re­spec­tive sec­tions (for all ages) and it’s ba­si­cally first in first served, as there are only so many books to go around.” There is a limit of one book per per­son.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come along and en­joy their lo­cal book­shop by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this fun event, and hope to raise aware­ness around New Zealand book­shops and the ben­e­fits of buy­ing lo­cally, as well as in­still­ing and nur­tur­ing a pas­sion for lit­er­a­ture in our com­mu­nity.

“We are so glad that Book­sell­ers NZ has got­ten be­hind NZ Book­shop Day to spread a pas­sion for books and book­shops in New Zealand.”

Jemma says in­de­pen­dent book­shops each have a unique flavour and cater to the tastes of their spe­cific com­mu­ni­ties. They stock a large range of Ma¯ ori and New Zealand books, as well as a renowned chil­dren’s book sec­tion and other ti­tles.

“We turn 75 years old next year, and love that a book­shop is more than just a re­tailer. It’s a cul­tural hub in the com­mu­nity too and we are pas­sion­ate about books and get­ting peo­ple into read­ing.”

Book­shops are cham­pi­oning the Top 20 NZ Best­sellers — Book­sell­ers choice. Peo­ple can vote for their Book­seller of the Decade on­line at www.book­sell­ers.co.nz/ votebest­sellers or in-store to win $500 Book To­kens.

Mcleod’s Book­sell­ers man­ager Jemma Pir­rie in-store.

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