HOOKED ON BOOKS: Rotary Book Sale co-ordinator Dick Richards looks over some of the thousands of books they have in storage waiting for the next sale.
HOOKED ON BOOKS: Rotary Book Sale co-ordinator Dick Richards looks over some of the thousands of books they have in storage waiting for the next sale. Adam Hourigan

Sorting through the treasures at book sale

HOW-TO books for hobbyists are demanding a bigger share of the shelf space at the next Maclean Rotary Book Sale.

Organisers have noted the expanded range of hobby items covering such items as candle-making, scrap-booking, woodwork, swimming, hobby farming, sports training and an expanded range of winter knitting and craftwork.

And with the ever-expanding electronic entertainment, there is more than 100 DVDs, many suitable for children, and a variety of computer manuals, plus talking books.

Although Maclean Rotary turned over more than 10,000 books at its last giant book sale, donations have already replaced these and more are flooding in.

“The number of books coming in is truly astounding,” one of the organisers, Dick Richards, said.

“I think people look at all the books on their shelves and don’t know what to do with them.

“They’ve enjoyed them, so if if they know they’re going to a good home and for a good cause they send them on to us.”

As a result, the next book sale, the second this year, on April 8–9, will offer an even more extensive range of new subjects and titles.

Mr Richards said there was a “culling” of books to ensure sales shelves were not cluttered with unsaleable items, but it did not mean some old favourites were not recycled.

“As we go through them, we often see some old favourites back again,” he said.

Following the large turnover of free books to children, the range and scope has been increased as more of this category come to hand, plus a large number suitable for young teens.

For the world traveller, there is a growing number of Lonely Planet guide books for many popular and more exotic destinations.

As usual, the sale is being held in the dining room of the Maclean Bowling Club, with doors open at 9am on each day, closing at 6pm on Friday and 12pm on Saturday.

Proceeds from the sale are shared with the Clarence Valley Library service, and funds going towards a Rotary project to provide television for patients in intensive care wards at Maclean Hospital.

Donated books can be brought on the sale days, or left at either Maclean of Yamba libraries, for collection.



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