The Rotary club collects donations for the return of the book sale

The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland is targeting a March return for its book sale, which failed in 2021 amid COVID-19.

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The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland is targeting a return in March for its book sale, which was canceled in 2021 amid COVID-19.

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The usual sale location at the Bayside Center has since been demolished to make way for a new retirement residence, but space has been leased at Lambton Mall. The call for donations has now been launched and plans include a pop-up when enough material arrives, auction organizer Dale Wilcox said.

“If I have a lot of books by the end of February, we’ll fix the date right away,” she said.

The hope is that the inventory is approaching about a tenth the size of the last sale, held in early 2020, when 40,000 books were available for purchase and the club raised around $ 30,000 for community projects. , she said.

“I think in a week I got around 400 pounds, and I have several people planning with me when they’re going to come up with a large number of pounds,” Wilcox said, adding that she was happy with the quick response. .

Most of the books donated are in very good condition, she said.

“There has been a lot of reading in our community,” she said. “These are, in many cases, brand new books with a single reader.”

The club decided in early November to relaunch the sale when COVID-19 conditions appeared to improve, she said.

Even amid the recently tightened restrictions in Ontario, malls are still operating at 50% capacity, which allows the sale to continue, she said.

The volunteers who collect and sort the books for sale have been fully vaccinated, mask themselves and distance themselves, she said.

“We are taking every precaution we can and I hope … by March things will have calmed down and we will be back and people can come to the sale.”

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For the past few years, sales have been in January, but this year’s sales have been delayed to allow more time for donations, she said.

The decision was made to relaunch the sale after emails and calls from many people asking if it would return, she said.

“We know there is a pent-up demand for people who want to sell and people who have the product to offer us for sale,” she said.

The sale also supports literacy in the community and prevents books from going to landfill while raising funds for local causes, she said.

“For people it’s a chance that they can take a look and maybe pick up a book on something that they wouldn’t normally read,” she said.

All books that aren’t sold are donated, including to community organizations like Goodwill, she said.

Prices range from $ 2 to $ 10 per book, she said.

Donations can be made at drop boxes at the customer services kiosk at Lambton Mall, or at the entrance to Mall Four, between Marshalls and Pet Valu, she said.

Encyclopedias, textbooks and Readers’ Digest books are not accepted, Wilcox said.

“We just can’t take them,” she said. “I wish there was a solution for this.”

The selections for sale of books generally run the gamut, she said, noting art books, cookbooks, hobby, history and business books as examples, as well. than fiction.

tkula@postmedia.com

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