The region’s biggest book fair is here
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.