Busy sorting for Bookarama

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Helping with the book sorting effort are (from left) David Mead, Brian Cameron, Ted Wood and Roger Scott.

The sorting effort has begun, and all going well, this year’s Bookarama will be as big and busier as ever.

Organisers, Ashburton Rotary Club, are preparing and planning to manage the event under the current level 2 restrictions, but are hoping for a return to level 1 by the opening day on September 28.

Event convener David Mead said it was full steam ahead with sorting books and other items.

Rotary members were steadily working their way through 1200 banana boxes of donated books.

Mr Mead said the opening day and final morning of Bookarama were usually the busiest times, and numbers were often upwards of 100.

“Under the current restrictions we will have to count and manage numbers through the door.”

Mr Mead said the quality of books and other donations seemed to improve every year.

The event was the club’s biggest fundraiser and something the community looked forward to.

Bookarama had raised well over $1million over the years and profits went back to the community, he said.

Sorted books, CD’s, puzzles, records, magazines and other items will be moved to the sports hall from September 19.

Boxes donation boxes are located at New World, all three RuralCo stores, Z Energy Tinwald, Mobil, Community House Mid Canterbury, Allenton Auto Centre, Caltex, PGG Methven, Cafe Time in Tinwald, Evolution Vets and Frame Co in Netherby.

Bookarama runs from September 28 until October 3 and will include two late nights.