Good community support for second-hand book sale

Cherie Royds, of Dunedin, browses at the Mosgiel Rotary Club's annual book sale. Photos by Gregor...
Cherie Royds, of Dunedin, browses at the Mosgiel Rotary Club's annual book sale. Photos by Gregor Richardson.
Rotarian John Wallis (70) entertains at the Mosgiel Rotary Club's annual book sale last Friday.
Rotarian John Wallis (70) entertains at the Mosgiel Rotary Club's annual book sale last Friday.
Avis Wilkes, of Mosgiel, learns more about a book on offer at the book sale.
Avis Wilkes, of Mosgiel, learns more about a book on offer at the book sale.
Hazel Ronald (84), of Mosgiel, takes a closer look at the book sale.
Hazel Ronald (84), of Mosgiel, takes a closer look at the book sale.

The Mosgiel Rotary Club's latest annual second-hand book sale enjoyed strong public support and is likely to raise $10,000 to back the Taieri Pool project, organisers said.

Club member and sale organiser Michael Lawlor said the club had been ''100% behind the project''.

Mosgiel and Taieri people had also been strongly supportive, and about 100 people queued up for the sale's opening, at 1pm last Friday.

A good deal of work had gone into preparing for and running the three-day sale and ''to me it was totally satisfying'', he said.

Club officials said the sale had grossed about $11,000 and, after meeting costs, the club was likely to provide the hoped-for $10,000 for the pool project.

Mr Lawlor said the project had clearly struck a chord with the Mosgiel community, and many people had been keen to support it, including through donating books.

The proposed new pool would replace an ''old and cold'' and inadequate facility at Mosgiel and would bring significant benefits to a wide range of people, including by increasing physical fitness for old and young, he said in an interview.

Mosgiel Rotary Club members had been fully involved in the book sale, and the Taieri Bowling Club had shown strong support, providing a fine venue for the event, he said.

Wingatui resident Avis Wilkes enjoyed going along to the latest sale, shortly after it opened on Friday.

The latest event was ''well-organised'' , offered a ''wide range of books'', and had clearly involved a lot of work for organisers, she said.

Ms Wilkes bought about 10 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and said the sale had a ''good atmosphere'' and was pleased its proceeds would be supporting the pool project.

About 15,000 second-hand books and 4000 records had been available for sale.

Organisers said most of the books had been sold. Some unsold items were being passed on to the Rotary Club of Dunedin Central, and others were being stored for another future sale in Mosgiel.

Mosgiel Rotary Club officials said the pool project was important for the community and Rotary wanted to support this ''great cause''.

The sale had provided members of the public with ''reading material that's top class''.

Books or records ranged in price from $1 to $3 and, among the books, there had been ''a great range for hobbyists, gardeners, cooks, historians'' and children's books.

Mr Lawlor has been involved with the club's annual sale since it began two years ago, proceeds having gone to St John last year and to the Neurological Foundation in 2013.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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