Fantastic fair a real page turner

Tens of thousands of new reads will be on offer to local bookworms this month as the Geelong West Book Fair makes its long-awaited return.

The Rotary Club of Geelong West will bring its main fundraiser back to the local town hall from February 18-20.

An extensive library of donations will be on sale for a gold coin – $1 for softcovers and $2 for hardcovers – preventing thousands of books from going to landfill and supporting the city’s range of community activities. club.

Geelong West Rotary predicts it has 80,000 books in its North Geelong warehouse waiting to find a new home after COVID canceled its book bargains for the past two years.

The February Book Fair would only have room for a fraction of its current supply, but event organizer Michael Clyne said there would be plenty of bargains on offer for shoppers.

“Given that we’ve missed two book fairs in the last 18 months due to COVID, we have a huge amount of inventory that we hope to move a lot at this upcoming book fair,” Clyne said. .

“We’ll still be here on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, and I hope people come and buy by the bagful. You support a local Geelong fundraiser, the money goes back to the Geelong community.

“We’ve missed a few book fairs over the past two years, so we’d like to get back up and running.”

Mr Clyne said the club’s book fairs raise up to $40,000 a year, which he redirects to a host of local charities and community initiatives.

Barwon Health Patient Transport, St Vincent de Paul Samaritan House Crisis Shelter Scheme, Geelong Mums and Food Support Campaigns are among event proceeds recipients

The Rotary club collects donations from local libraries and community members for its fundraising event.

“The Geelong Regional Libraries have been supporting the Rotary Geelong West Book Fair for many years by donating books that have been ‘removed’ from our library collection,” said Ron Nelson, GRLC Chairman.

“We are very proud to be able to support such a commendable initiative in this way.

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