Thousands of books have already been sold at the annual Rotary book sale which continues until Sunday.
Rotary Club of Bundaberg Central book sale coordinator Ross Peddlesden said this year was the first time they had opened the three day sale for a full day on Friday and the response was overwhelming.
“We were very busy right early on yesterday and today it’s built up slowly and as you can see now it’s very busy which is fantastic,” Ross said.
“Yesterday we did about $7500 and when you factor in the fact that many of those books have been sold for 50c, $1, $2 – you do the sums, maybe three or four thousand books were sold yesterday or maybe a few more.”
Leanne Clayton and her children Emma and Alex scored a box full of about 30 books and encouraged other people to get down to the sale.
“It’s awesome, the kids are having a good time looking through all the books,” Leanne said.
“These two love books we just went around Australia and that’s all they did in the back of the car was reading books and drawing pictures.”
Funds raised from the annual Rotary book sale are split with 60 per cent going towards Rotary initiatives and 40 per cent assisting with the library’s literacy programs.
“Our Rotary Club has projects here in the Bundaberg community, we have projects around Queensland …projects around Australia … and around the world,” Ross said.
“All of that is supported by the money we raise during the year and this is one of our major fundraisers so it’s fantastic.”
The most rewarding thing, Ross said, was the opportunity to promote literacy with the younger generation in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Libraries.
“That is a benefit in itself, the fact that at the end of this weekend there will be thousands and thousands more books in the homes of Bundaberg children.”
The book sale continues until 3 pm today and from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow and Ross said there was still plenty of bargains to be discovered.
“There’s many thousands of books left, we have stock we haven’t been able to put out yet.
“We’re regularly restocking the shelves.”
Entrance to the book sale to be held at the Recreation Precinct is via University Drive.
Cash and Eftpos payment will be available.
Rotary asks that anyone feeling unwell does not attend this event, with normal COVID restrictions to apply.