TAMWORTH’S bookworms are in for a feast when one of the region’s biggest book sales opens its doors today.
The Lions Club of Tamworth has been busy for the past few months stocking the old basketball stadium in Anne St with tens of thousands of donated books in preparation for today’s opening.
Book sale chairman Greg Clark said it was hard to say how many books are lining the tables, but thinks it could be as many as half a million.
There are so many books that by the time the sale starts today, he estimates the club’s members and partners would have put in about 1000 hours sorting them all.
They’ve been collecting the books for the past two months, with people bringing in everything from “two or three books at a time up to a whole truckload”.
“People will donate all these books to us and then turn around and buy back just as many,” Mr Clark said
The books cover every topic imaginable, so reader satisfaction is guaranteed.
“I hate selling raffle tickets but I love selling books – everyone leaves with a smile on their face,” Mr Clark said.
Fiction titles were still the most popular, but last year cookbooks ran a close second.
It’s a bargain hunter’s dream, too, with just a few dollars getting you a whole lot of reading material for the summer months ahead.
The Anne St stadium is open everyday from today until Sunday, November 10, and all money raised goes to local charities.
Doors are open from 8am until 5pm.