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Rotary Club of Port Macquarie prepares for Spring Book Sale 2020

Books galore: Rotary Club of Port Macquarie member Kerry Medway, book store manager Valda Sturrock and Rotary Club of Port Macquarie book sale coordinator Bob Cleland get ready for the Spring Book Sale.
Books galore: Rotary Club of Port Macquarie member Kerry Medway, book store manager Valda Sturrock and Rotary Club of Port Macquarie book sale coordinator Bob Cleland get ready for the Spring Book Sale.

It's almost time to grab some bargain books and help the community too.

More than 20,000 books will be on offer at the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie's Spring Book Sale from Saturday, October 3 to Sunday, October 11 from 10am to 4pm each day.

The book sale will take place at shop 6, Bay Park Plaza next to the Rivers store in Port Macquarie.

New stock will be added daily.

Rotary Club of Port Macquarie book sale coordinator Bob Cleland said the club had accumulated a massive stock of books following the cancellation of the Annual Giant Book Sale in March due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Fiction is sorted alphabetically by author and other books have been divided into some 20 categories including self-help, gardening, cooking and biography.

Children's books will be 50 cents each and all other books cost $2 each.

On Sunday, October 11, people can fill a reusable shopping bag with books for $10 or a smaller bag for $5.

There will be a COVID-19 safety plan in place.

People are spending more time reading, there is a bigger demand for books, and because of the economic crisis, second hand books have a bigger appeal.

Bob Cleland

Club volunteers will actively manage social distancing and organisers ask for cooperation from the public.

Mr Cleland said reading had become more popular since COVID-19.

"People are spending more time reading, there is a bigger demand for books, and because of the economic crisis, second hand books have a bigger appeal," he said.

"Everyone wants a bargain."

Mr Cleland said all books have been donated and 100 per cent of the money raised from the event goes back into the community in the form of donations to support other worthwhile organisations, improving community facilities and services, raising awareness of health and wellbeing, and improving the lives of people in our community.

He said a number of the club's usual fundraising opportunities were unavailable due to COVID-19 and that was also the case with other organisations.

"The need for funds within community organisations is greater than ever before and the ability to cover costs for many organisations is limited," Mr Cleland said.

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