Book lovers crowd in for a bargain
THOUSANDS of dollars were raised when the Bundaberg Library held its popular book sale at the Civic Centre at the weekend.
Acting library manager Sue Gammon said helpers had done a quick count of the takings after the sale closed yesterday, and it looked as though they had raised more money than they had last year.
“We're not sure of the total yet, but last year we raised about $17,500,” she said.
Hundreds of people flooded in to the Civic Centre over the weekend to pick through the merchandise on offer.
Ms Gammon said books, magazine, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and collectibles were on sale.
The goods on sale are a mixture of unwanted library books and items that people donate during the year.
“We've had a lot of donations this time round,” Ms Gammon said.
“It looks as if everybody is cleaning out their garages.”
Ms Gammon said the money raised from the sale would be split between the library and the Rotary Club of Bundaberg East.
She said the Rotary Club planned to give half the money towards the local flood appeal.
“They’re making sure it goes to the local appeal so the money will stay in town.”
The rest of the money would go towards a Rotary district lodge being built in Bundaberg to accommodate people and families from out of town who needed to go to Bundaberg Hospital.
Ms Gammon said the library’s share of the money would pay for special projects.
Money from the last book sale was used to buy a Wii and games that have been installed in the library.
“The children love it,” Ms Gammon said.
The money was also used for projects such as bringing well-known authors to Bundaberg.
“It’s not cheap to bring an author up from Sydney or Melbourne and put them up,” Ms Gammon said.
She said the sale usually featured 16 or 17 pallets of books but this year there were 30.
And Ms Gammon does not plan to take a rest after her exertions of the weekend.
“I’ll be back in there on Monday morning going around the library and marking books for next year’s sale,” she said.