All dig in to help out
It takes a community to run a book sale. Red Cross second-hand book sale co-ordinator Jill Spicer says the books donated by Palmynauts throughout the year tell interesting stories about the city and its people.
‘‘The culture of Palmerston North is reflected in these books. Every book has originally been bought by someone for a purpose. Exercise, diet and religion seem particularly popular. The donations show we have a large and varied community.’’
Among the contributions for instance there’s The Lumberman’s Handbook, Against US Agression for National Salvation written by Ho Chi Minh and published in Hanoi, and a cookbook entirely in Russian with an inscription on the flyleaf that reads ‘‘Merry Xmas, 1968, Lovingly Galena’’.
As well, a varied community has been helping put the sale together. Anne Atkinson says Massey students, school children working towards Duke of Edinburgh and St John awards, community service providers, retailers, and ‘‘regular stalwarts’’ who hail from all walks of life and include former refugees, retirees, working people and parents, have all lent a hand towards making 2016’s sale a success.