THE RIGHT BOOK: Wendy Harper flicks through the pages at the Lifeline Bookfest in the Princes Street store.
THE RIGHT BOOK: Wendy Harper flicks through the pages at the Lifeline Bookfest in the Princes Street store. Paul Donaldson BUNBOOK

Another crowded Bookfest

DESPITE electronic games and gadgets seemingly becoming all consuming for younger generations, Lifeline's Bookfest has proven books continue to hold a special spot in the lives of young and old.

Bundaberg Lifeline business manager Andrew Armstrong said steady crowds attended all three days of the book fest with kids' books the first to walk off the shelves.

"Younger children and older children's books we segregate off and we never have enough, they're always the ones to go first, and puzzles went well this year which was good to see," he said.

"The paperback and hardback fiction novels are always good sellers.

"And we had quite a few people looking through Australiana, health and family so it was good right across the board."

But Mr Armstrong said families made up a large number of the crowds and it was great to see children were still interested in books.

"There's been lots of kids through which is really good to see," he said.

"We set up the lounges and couches around the outside of the shop and yesterday (Saturday) afternoon there were kids sitting down and reading books while mum and dad shopped, so it was lovely.

"It's really comforting to see people are still enjoying that feeling you get just sitting down with a good book.

"There a lot of other benefits, including knowledge gained and it's good to see the younger children are still interested in books despite the temptation of electronic games."

Kelvin and Vanessa Steinberger.
Kelvin and Vanessa Steinberger.

With funds from the book fest going to support Lifeline's suicide prevention services, Mr Armstrong said they were on track to reach their target.

"The main service is the crisis support line, 13 11 14, but there are also other services that Lifeline fund," he said.

"Usually it's $20,000 - $25,000 that's we're aiming for and we went past $20,000 on Saturday.

"We try and raise about $50,000 out of our two book fests and the March one is still the most popular, this is only the second time we've held a September one.

"But we're on track to reach our target and all the funds will go to Lifeline services."

Mr Armstrong said there seemed to be a lot less disposable income these days and he could see people were very cautious with how they spent their money, but he thanked everyone who came out to support the event.

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