Bringing in the books

Tauranga Harbour City Lions members are sorting books twice a week for this year’s Book Fair, but are worried about the lack of donations. Photo: Daniel Hines.

It’s time to turn over a new leaf – and donate your old ones to the Lions.

For those who read every book in the house over the lock-down, now is the chance to donate to a good cause and refresh the collection.

The Tauranga Harbour City Lions annual book fair is woefully short of donations and is reminding people that they’re now collecting.

Anything from gory murder mysteries to family-friendly picture books are being accepted, until October 31. The annual Book Fair runs from November 6-8 at the Tauranga Race Course.

The book fair usually brings in big bucks which is then funnelled back into community projects.

In past book fairs, the Tauranga Harbour City Lions raised enough to spend $24,000 on defibrillators for St John and $15,500 on flood lights for local emergency services.

“We don’t have as many books as we’d like heading into this year’s event,” says event organiser Christine Currie.

“Any good, clean jigsaws or books that aren’t encyclopaedias or magazines – we want them.”

Books can be dropped off at Harvey Norman and Carpet Court on Cameron Road, the Golf Warehouse on Chapel Street and Smiths City in the Bethlehem Town Centre.

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