Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Bibliophiles get ready – you have just over a week to install a new bookshelf, with the annual book fair run by Armidale Central Rotary Club on again May 18 to 25.

Now in it’s 26th year, there will be 60,000 books available for just a couple of dollars, with all proceeds going to help a long list of local causes, schools, and national charities. The event raised some $85,000 last year, and has raised more than a million dollars since it began.

President elect of the Armidale Central Rotary Club Kerry Myers said they are hoping to match last year’s result with their proven successful format.

“We sort the books every Monday and Friday over the year, keeping only the best to go in the book fair.”

“I’m always amazed at the quality of the books people donate,” Kerry said.

“Particularly the rarer books that we have upstairs, they are sometimes worth hundreds of dollars.”

Most books at the fair sells for $2-3 each, with kids books just $1.

“There’s always a big rush for the kids books,” Kerry said.

“There’s also CDs, DVDs, including box sets, games, and puzzles – even some stationary – there’s something for everyone.”

And avid book lover himself, Kerry admitted he too shops up big at the book fair.

“I always come out poorer – I can’t resist another good book!”

The Armidale Rotary Book Fair is on from May 18 to May 25, from 9am to 5pm each day, at the Armidale racecourse, Barney Street side. Find out more on the Armidale Central Rotary Club Facebook page.

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