New chapter in Bookarama story

Book sorters: helping with the sorting effort on Tuesday were Peter O'Leary, Dick Rapley, Alister Brown, Karen Toneycliffe, David Mead and Lindsay Holland.

Te big book sorting effort has begun and Ashburton’s 40th Bookarama event is shaping up.

Ashburton Rotary Club members are working their way through around 700 banana boxes of books. There’s also puzzles, magazines, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, games and pictures to sort.

Books are categorised into fiction and non-fiction and then into categories such as travel, gardening, sport, New Zealand, cooking, craft and technical.

There is also a place for any books deemed “special” and those books will have a few more dollars added to their bargain prices.

Bookarama convener David Mead said Ashburton Rotary was lucky to be able to sort donated books in the former Ray Mayne building on Range Street in the Ashburton Industrial Estate.

The club expected around 1000 banana boxes of sorted books to be unpacked in the Sports Hall on Tancred Street from September 16, ahead of the opening of Bookarama on September 23.

“It’s a huge sorting effort, but this is our 40th year, and we’re pretty efficient.”

Mr Mead said book donation boxes had now been dropped off at a number of sites around the district and those boxes would be emptied on a regular basis.

Boxes are at New World, RuralCo offices in Ashburton, Methven and Rakaia, Z Tinwald, Mobil, Community House Mid Canterbury, Allenton Auto Centre, Caltex, PGG Methven, Cafe Time in Tinwald and Frame Co in Netherby.

Books can also be dropped off at the Range Street sorting site on weekdays between 10am and noon. A book box sits outside of the gate at other times.

Bookarama runs from September 23-28 and has raised well over $1m for the service club over the last four decades.

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