Lions gearing up for bookworms
For once it will be the early worm that gets the best deal when Kiwicoast Lions hold their annual book sale next week.
The book fair is being held for the 23rd time later this month and there has always been a queue of insomniac bookworms outside Te Puke Memorial Hall eagerly awaiting the doors to open.
Book fair convenor Dennise McLeod says she thinks the number of books and other items on sale this time will be similar to last year.
“The popular sections are fiction, which is extremely popular, New Zealand and hobbies. Also popular are cooking, especially the coffee table books — that’s one area [of the sale] that people go straight to.”
There is also going to be a “top table” for rare, old and collectable books that will this year include a 1851, seventh edition of a book on sketching.
As well as books there will be magazines, CDs and DVDs, records, jigsaws and games for sale and a free section in the hall foyer.
“The children’s section and teen section are always well picked over by kids and their parents,” says Dennise.
As the sale draws to a close, from 2pm on Sunday, groups and schools are free to take books, provided they have registered first by calling Jan on 573 8099.
Most of the money raised in the sale stays in the locality and last year it was donated to Te Puke High and Intermediate and Fairhaven Schools. It was also used to help pay for a young person’s voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand. Donations were also made to Parafed BOP, Youthline and Starship Hospital.
Eftpos is available at the sale and people are asked, if possible, to take their own bags.
The club would like to thank Ken Reekie for allowing it to use his shed for sorting and storing books for book fairs for the past five years.
Te Puke Kiwicoast Lions members, from left, Dennise McLeod, Colleen Bardell, Maxine Shanks and Joan Shand are almost ready for the club’s annual book fair.