Bargains galore at book sale

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Wendy Taylor and Gail Brealey are two of the volunteers who helped with the book sale.
Camera IconWendy Taylor and Gail Brealey are two of the volunteers who helped with the book sale. Credit: Holly Thompson

The Manjimup Library book sale managed to raise more than $3000 for the council’s libraries and proved there are many avid readers in the area.

The average price of each item was about $3 and there were many different categories including DVDs, fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature and puzzles.

Libraries and Cultural Services manager Vanda Dei-Tos said readers from all age groups were there to help support the libraries and buy some good books.

“It was especially pleasing to see children dragging parents into the sale and the children’s book table was certainly the first to empty,” she said.

The money will be split between all four of the Manjimup Shire Council libraries based on their need for additional resources, size and number of readers.

Ms Dei-Tos said Manjimup library staff already had an idea about what they wanted to buy with the new funds.

“Our librarians are very much in tune with the authors and topics of most interest to their borrowers. All of our librarians keep an ongoing wish list of resources likely to be popular with borrowers,” she said.

“Spending the funds on new resources will be the easiest part of the book sale exercise.”

She said the sale was not all about raising money.

“We also raised spirits with the opportunity to look through tables and boxes of books and this resulted in many readers discovering a favourite or long-searched-for title or author,” she said.

“You cannot place a monetary value on the kind of happiness that results from these finds.”

Ms Dei-Tos also wanted to thank the volunteers at the sale and said without them the sale would not have been so successful.

“Luckily, our libraries are supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who generously give their time, knowledge and goodwill to ensure that the sale is a success,” she said.

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