Thursday, February 22, 2024

Bookarama draws the community

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The fabulous Bookarama is upon us again.

Following a very successful campaign by the Rotary Club of Howick to collect books donated by the local community, the book sale began on Tuesday evening at Somerville Intermediate with an Early Bird sale.

“The evening was well patronised by those searching for those special books to adorn their bookshelves at home,” said spokesman John Osborne.

“The success of Bookarama is due to the momentous task undertaken by Howick Rotarians to collect the books and carefully sort through them over a couple of months,” he said.

“This is followed by a Herculean effort over the space of seven days to set up the hall and tables and then lay out the thousands of books to enable booklovers to find many suitable books to suit their individual tastes.

The doors opened at 9am yesterday and several hundred people were soon perusing through the thousands of books displayed by category.

“The new location at Somerville Intermediate has allowed for a far greater display of books on the tables with ample room between the rows for people to move through without restriction,” Osborne  said.

Howick Rotary’s Bookarama spokesman John Osborne and the many thousands of books in this year’s Bookarama at the new venue of Somerville Intermediate School . Photo Nick Krause

All genres of books are on sale from fiction through to non-fiction, children’s, travel, aviation, boating, travel, biographies, foreign language and numerous other categories. Jigsaw puzzles are numerous together with other games. There is a large selection of CDs, DVDs and vinyl records for sale. Eftpos is also available on site to make payment.

Bookarama is the main fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Howick and all money raised through the sale of the books is returned to the local community

Bookarama will continue over the rest of this week from 9am to 6pm daily on Thursday through to Saturday, and the final day will be on Sunday closing at 3pm.


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