Annual book sale ‘community at work’

    Invercargill Rotary Club book club chairman Richard Russell says the number of books on offer at this year's sale could range between 30,000 to 50,000.

    WHILE an annual book sale, beginning Thursday, focuses on supporting the community, the man in charge says it also serves as a bit of a get-together.

    Invercargill Rotary Club book club chairman Richard Russell said money raised from the 40th book sale, held in the Civic Theatre, would go towards the community and the Southland Medical Foundation.

    Up from previous years, the number of books on offer could range between 30,000 to 50,000.

    He attributed the large number of books to the fact the club was unable to hold a sale last year and there was an increased number of people going into rest-homes gifting them.

    It was a popular event, he said.

    “Two years ago a lady came up to me… in her view this was the last major community project Invercargill has as a city and thanked us.”

    He agreed with her.

    “I think it is a community at work.

    “The books are coming in and we distribute all the profits of the booksale back to the community.”

    More than just selling books, Mr Russell said the event served as an opportunity to get together and socialise.

    “I’ve noticed over the years people catch up with one another… they’ll be nattering away in a corner.”

    He believed the event had a good feel about it.

    It worked both ways, however, in that he believed the event relied on community support to keep going.

    In particular, he thanked the petrol station owners which offered their businesses as collection points for books.

    It was hoped the sale would result in $40,000, but Mr Russell said there were also many costs involved.

    The variety of books ranged from children’s books to biographies, history, poetry and more.

    • The Invercargill Rotary Club book sale begins at 4pm today and runs until 2pm on Sunday.