The re­gion’s big­gest book fair is here

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JANE MATTHEWS

The big­gest book fair in the re­gion is back, and it’s just as big as ever.

Books about cook­ing, re­li­gion, los­ing weight, gain­ing weight, trav­el­ling, sex and more will be on of­fer with more than 25,000 other books in South Taranaki this week.

On Thurs­day at 8.30am on the dot the doors will open at St Joseph’s Hall in Ha¯ wera and book lovers, col­lec­tors and in­ter­ested lo­cals alike will flood the space.

The three-day book fair is run by the Ha¯ wera Ge­neal­ogy and the South Taranaki District Mu­seum Trust and con­vener Jill Wil­liams said peo­ple do­nated books all year round.

‘‘We come down here once a fort­night on a Tues­day night and sort for a cou­ple of hours,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘We never break dur­ing the year, there’s al­ways books here to do.’’

She said mem­bers of the com­mu­nity loved do­nat­ing and then com­ing along to the fair. ‘‘We’ve even had some come in today.’’

Wil­liams said she was an avid reader her­self and ap­pre­ci­ated the book fair very much.

‘‘I tell you some books don’t make it to the book fair,’’ she joked. ‘‘Some­times we take it home, read it, and bring it back.’’

Ha¯wera Ge­neal­ogy trea­surer Donna Baker said all books were

‘‘It's a good fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity.’’ Donna Baker

$2 each, with chil­dren’s books 50 cents each.

‘‘We like chil­dren, and hope it will en­cour­age them to read,’’ Baker said.

She said a lot of work went into the book fair all year around, but it all paid off.

‘‘It’s a good fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity,’’ Baker said. ’’Be­cause no mat­ter how much spon­sor­ship you have - par­tic­u­larly the mu­seum trust - you’ve got to have a per­cent­age of your own fundrais­ing.’’

The book fair was the ge­neal­ogy group’s way of giv­ing back be­cause it used so many books and doc­u­ments in the cause of its work.

‘‘We’re al­ways in­dex­ing lo­cal cen­ten­nial book­lets to help peo­ple with their re­search,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘That’s a lot of what we do.’’ She said they held a book fair in the 80s for a sim­i­lar rea­son too.

‘‘When they did it then they bought a big mi­cro­film reader for the Ha¯ wera Li­brary, I mean that’s ob­so­lete now,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘But we’ve bought com­put­ers, doc­u­ment scan­ners - it all goes back to the cause.’’

Jill Wil­liams and Donna Baker put a lot of hard work in to the three-day fair and it’s all for the love of books.

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