|Countdown on to Bookarama|
29 August, 2013 - The countdown to Ashburton's annual second hand book sale, Bookarama, is on again.
The project is organised by the Rotary Club of Ashburton and its members have preparations well under way.
The event begins on Monday September 23 and Rotarians are already busy sorting through donated books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, jigsaws and games.
The 34th annual Bookarama will be held at the Sports Hall in Tancred Street as usual. Opening day will also coincide with Ashburton's Boulevard Day.
Club president & project convener Phil Godfrey says club members are looking forward to running the event which raises a significant amount of money.
The proceeds from Bookarama enable the club to help fund many Ashburton community projects. In recent years the project has been raising more than $60,000 each year.
This week donation boxes for books are being placed at many locations around Ashburton, Rakaia, Methven and other district communities. Mr Godfrey says the club is very grateful for any donations of books, magazines, CDs, puzzles, music, DVDs etc made to Bookarama.
Some variations have been made to opening hours this year. Instead of the two late nights available in recent years there will be three, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and sales will not conclude until 3pm on Saturday 28 September instead of the traditional midday closing.
Mr Godfrey said that from next year, the club would begin offering all new entrants in Ashburton schools a Margaret Mahy book.
The books arrive later this year, and the club expects to donate about 450 books a year.
Mr Godfrey said it was decided to donate books by a New Zealand author.
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