Oamaru Rotary’s annual Bookarama opened today.
Book collection started months ago and members have been sorting, pricing the donations.
Every box of books holds surprises – some of them disappointing.
One of the volunteer sorters introduced us to the bed test – would you feel comfortable if this book was touching your sheets while you were reading it in bed?
Quite a lot of books fail that test – the better ones are sent to the recycling centre, the worst are dumped.
But thousands of books pass the test, some so well that they get priced so we sell them for considerably more than the $2 that most go for.
Last year we made around $20,000.
We’re hoping this year’s sale will raise a similar amount.
Whatever we make, we’re grateful for the generosity of the people who donate books, the many volunteers who sort and sell them and the many more who buy them.