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October 3, 2022

The great Ballina Library book sale

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Ballina Library staff Robert and Clancie, surrounded by boxes of items ready for the book sale. Photo supplied.

This Friday and Saturday will see booklover’s dreams materialise in Ballina when the library holds their Library Collection Overhaul and Book Sale.

The Ballina Library is making room for a lot of new stock, so some of the older books must go. As part of the refurbishment they are lowering the shelving to allow the light from the many windows around the building, to brighten the space.

Acting Area Librarian Jackie Birche says they are aiming to would like lighten the children’s area. ‘We want to create spaces where we can display items from the collection that people don’t always see.’

Books, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles for sale

Ms Birch says all the new work has prompted the huge book sale. ‘Our garage is currently full of boxes of books and other items such as DVDs and jigsaw puzzles, ready for sale. We suggest that people bring a bag as there will be some terrific bargains as nothing will be over $1.

‘The funds we raise will go towards buying items for our children’s programs.’

Ms Birch feels that libraries have been an important community space during the pandemic. ‘When programs can be run, they are well attended, at a time when we’ve felt less connected and more confined.

‘With their computer and printing facilities, libraries have also become the go-to place for retrieving border passes. Soon you will be able to visit the library to get a great deal on a second-hand book as well!

The book sale begins at 9.30am on Friday 6 August and continues during opening hours until 11.30am on Saturday 7 August.


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