Bundaberg bibliophiles were ready as the doors opened on the Rotary Club’s Annual Book Sale at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct this morning.
The book sale, which is a collaboration between Bundaberg Central Rotary Club and Bundaberg Regional Libraries, runs until 1 pm Sunday and gives visitors the chance to get their hands on some great low-priced literature.
Local resident Natasha Wilson was at the opening morning making the most of the extensive children’s selection with her nine-month-old-daughter Aria Simpson.
“I come every year,” Natasha said, although this time it was Aria’s pram brimming with children's books.
“We came because there’s a great selection of books at a good price and I’m stocking up for Aria’s bookshelf.”
Bundaberg Central Rotary Club’s book sale coordinator Ross Peddlesden said the opening morning, on Friday, was always busy with people coming early either to look for a particular book or to get first dibs on what was on the shelves.
“We do refresh the stock as we go along so there will be fresh stuff each morning,” he explained.
“It’s a school day so there aren’t many kids here but we just love seeing kids coming in and running to the tables with all the books for kids because they’re so excited to get a book.
“We have many, many picture books for little kids ranging through to young adult fiction at the other end of the table.”
The books on sale are a mixture of ex-library stock and donations from the public, with a percentage of profits going back to the library for its own literacy projects.
While the money raised for Rotary will go towards some the club’s local and international projects, Ross said literacy was also one of their primary areas of focus.
“By the end of the weekend a lot of the books will be gone and in Bundaberg households with people reading them and that’s a literacy outcome which we’re very proud of,” he said.
“It’s great to see that so many people come out to buy books.
“People may say the book is dead but it definitely isn’t.”
Rotary Annual Book Sale
Where: Bundaberg Recreation Precinct
When: Today: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 15 July: 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday 16 July: 9 am – 1 pm
EFTPOs available as well as a sausage sizzle, soft drinks, tea and coffee on sale