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Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10

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Bumper book offering on way

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Stuart Whitaker news@tepuketimes.co.nz

This year’s Te Puke Kiwicoast Lions Book Fair is going to be a bumper edition. Last year’s sale was cancelled due to uncertainty around Covid-19 — but collections didn’t stop so the club now has everything that was to go on sale last year, plus all the donations it has received since. “There will be more books than we’ve ever had,” says president Helen The details Potter, “and the quality of the books is certainly a lot better as well.” Books are categorised, with sections including fiction, gardening, cooking, indoor and outdoor hobbies, royalty, supernatural, war, westerns, autobiographies, animals, religion, New Zealand, education, travel, children’s and teenagers’ books. There will also be a table of old and collectable books. As well as books there will be magazines CDS, DVDS, records, jigsaws and children’s games for sale. In a new initiative this year, painted rocks have been hidden in different parts around the district. Aimed at children, anyone finding a rock can take it along to the sale and claim a free book — plus keep the rock. The sale is the club’s major annual fundraiser. In the past money has gone to Te Puke Junior Football Club, Te Puke Gymsport and the Graeme Dingle Foundation, to be used for programmes in Te Puke Schools as well as to help fund Spirit of Adventure experiences and assist Te Puke Scouts with building renovations. Te Puke High School 1st XV help unload books ahead of the sale and load unsold books at the end. Organisers are expecting the usual early-morning queue of eager buyers outside Te Puke Memorial Hall ready for the 8am opening tomorrow.

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