Rotary marks 40 years of good reads

    The Rotary Club of Invercargill Book Sale committee member Richard King (left) and committee chairman Richard Russell sort through donated books from last year ahead of the next sale in June.

    DESPITE how the world is changing, printed literature has stood the test of time.

    So much so, the Rotary Club of Invercargill will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Book Sale in June.

    For decades, members have welcomed thousands of people through the doors of the Civic Theatre, and this year is expected to be no different.

    Club committee chairman Richard Russell said organisers had a lot more stock on hand after the 2020 event was cancelled because of Covid-19.

    “There’s been a bit of a change in the way people are living, they’re moving on from homes and into rest-homes.

    “We’ve also had a lot of estates contact us with lots of books.”

    Committee member Richard King said while they usually filled about 500 banana boxes with books, there were already 80 in storage from last year.

    “It should be a brilliant sale, we’re expecting a really good turnout.”

    The beauty of the event was it allowed people who may not be able to afford to buy a $45 book to buy them for a fraction of the price.

    James Hargest College also donated a stack of education journals which would be given away for free.

    “Parents will love them, they’re brand new, never been used and cover a heck of a lot of subjects.

    “We get great support both from people donating books and those that come to the sale.”

    Mr Russell said he would never forget when one woman came up to him and expressed how grateful she was for the event, mainly because there was nothing like it for the Invercargill community any more.

    “That really stuck with me.”

    There would “easily” be thousands of people attending, and the humour shared was one of the best parts.

    Mr King said it was lovely seeing the smiling faces of families and being able to bring the community together.

    All the funds raised for Rotary would go back into supporting those in Invercargill.

    As for what was next, the committee would be straight back into planning for next year’s event once it was over.

    Drop-off locations would be available at most service stations in the city from April 27-June 4.

    The Book Sale was set to be held at the Civic Theatre from June 10-13.