Books pile up after sale delay

Regent 24 Hour Book Sale co-ordinator Alison Cunningham is surrounded by some of the hundreds of...
Regent 24 Hour Book Sale co-ordinator Alison Cunningham is surrounded by some of the hundreds of book-filled boxes at the Kaikorai Valley storage facility. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD
Book lovers know there is nothing better than a good stack of books waiting to be read.

But the situation has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous for Regent Theatre 24 Hour Book Sale co-ordinator Alison Cunningham, after this year’s sale, planned for early December, had to be postponed.

‘‘Along with everyone else, the uncertainty of the Covid-19 Delta outbreak and restrictions means we can’t rely on being able to hold the book sale this year,’’ Mrs Cunningham said.

‘‘Having a cheerful crush of people at the book sale is really the point, so without being able to have the numbers, we just can’t go ahead this year.’’

Mrs Cunningham is delighted to have been able to reschedule the book sale for February 25 and 26 at the More FM Arena at the Edgar Centre, but in the meantime the donated books continue to pile up.

‘‘We have shed-loads of books, which were added to by an excellent Book Collection Day last month — the best ever,’’ she said.

Book stocks were already high after last year’s sale was disrupted by Covid, and now the problem has been compounded by this year’s postponement.

The storeroom at the Regent Theatre is packed, and the storage and book sorting space at Roslyn Storage in Kaikorai Valley is full to bursting as well.

‘‘We really are bursting at the seams, and are in urgent need of dry warehouse space where we can store some of our books for the next six months or so,’’ Mrs Cunningham said.

‘‘We have a wonderful collection of books, many of them almost new and in excellent condition, so we want to keep them safe until we can share them with book lovers in February.’’

Anyone who has suitable storage space available can contact Mrs Cunningham through the Regent Theatre.

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