OVER 1,000 books have been donated to assist with the annual Warragul library book sale, on at the West Gippsland Arts Centre this Friday.
Above: volunteers setting up this year's sale today. Photos: article author.
The donations are in addition to the surplus books the library has put toward the fundraiser, which is run annually by former members of the Friends of the Warragul Library group.
“What we’re doing is selling the [surplus] books from the Baw Baw district libraries,” organiser David Schmitt told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“Whatever they throw out each year we get to sell and they get the money.
“Last year we didn’t do that well, we made about $700, but the year before that we made about $1,500.
“This all goes into the library for whatever they want to use it for. They might use it for shelving or whatever else they need.”
Today a group of around 20 volunteers packed the WGAC’s Fountain Room with a wide selection of books ready for tomorrow’s event. Exactly how many books will be on sale is unknown.
“A lot,” Mr Schmitt laughed.
“Anything that’s left over will go to the CFA; Yarragon takes what’s left over and uses them in their book sale each year. Hopefully they don’t keep recycling.”
With most books costing just $7 per bag the bookworm feeding frenzy does not last long.
“It depends on the weather, but usually we have roughly 20 to 30 people waiting at the door from 08:30 before we open up at 10:00. That’s been the standard over the past few years,” Mr Schmitt said.
“It’s probably over by about 12:00. The children’s books go quickly and it’s amazing how many empty cartons are left over.”
A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books are for sale at the event.
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