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After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak the event returned to the Civic Theatre, where more than 50,000 books were on offer.
Nine-year-old Megan Sommerfeldt went with her mother to the sale yesterday, hunting for something to keep her entertained.
"I love to read — especially books with animals. I want to work as a vet when I grow up, so I really like to know more about animals," Megan said.
Nothing much was left in the animal section on the last day of the book sale, but she found some books to keep her busy, she said.
Rotary Club book club chairman Richard Russell was pleased with the community support.
Thousands of people attended the book sale, which was one of the more traditional ones in the region.
He believed about 35,000 to 40,000 books were sold during the four-day event.
"Everything worked really well and, from the empty tables, we can notice the event was a success."
Some of the money raised would be given to the Southland Medical Foundation, while some would go towards the Rotary Club’s community projects, he said.