Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Because weekends were meant for more than sport
Some of you may consider it sad that I am so excited about an event coming to my neighbourhood in a matter of weeks. I tend to work myself into quite a state about this time each and every year. Gold coins get squirrelled away for a month leading up to this weekend and there have been moments when I drift off to Fairyland in anticipation.
Yes, I've always been a sucker for a book sale, and the Capalaba Rotary Bookfest is a beauty.
What makes this book sale any different to the rest? Firstly, it's not too big. There are some sales where the sheer volume of books is overwhelming. I love the hunt for a good book, but not when the chase becomes a chore.
Although there are always thousands of pre-loved, quality books for sale, the volume is manageable. If you are after novels by popular writers generally they are grouped together by author name; lots of McCulloch, Wilbur Smith, Anne McCaffrey and Stephen King. If there is no space on the display tables there are usually boxes easily accessible under the tables to allow you to continue searching.
There are always people on hand tidying and restocking the tables. Often these are scouts, as the Bookfest is held at the Scout Complex, on the corner of Gordon and Bainbridge Streets, Ormiston.
Lastly, the books are at bargain prices. Do you know why? Because many of the books on sale have been recycled. You see, the Scout Complex has a dedicated area whereby anyone can drop off their completed reads, through a letterbox with a shute, which are then sorted and collated for the next Bookfest.
The main complex houses novels, and the more popular book genres : Australiana, Cooking, Travel, Big Print, Military, Gardening, Childrens books and magazines. There is another building at the back of the complex which generally houses books that tend to be esoteric, and of course, this is where I tend to lose The Squeeze.
The Bookfest, hosted by Capalaba Rotary, is a fundraiser for local, national, and international literacy projects as well as youth projects.
Opening times are as follows: Friday, 28th April, 2017 - 1pm till 5pm
Saturday, 29th April, 2017 - 8am till 4pm
Sunday, 30th April, 2017 - 8am till 2pm
If you have children the Saturday looks like a winner as the Cleveland Air Force Cadets will be organising actives to keep the kiddies happy.
Lastly, my three Top Tips for a successful Bookfest :
⁃ Take a shopping bag or carry all to sling over your shoulder to carry your finds. Two hands is definately the way to go with this task.
⁃ Take an extra couple of dollars to buy a raffle ticket or two.
⁃ Be open to reading books of different genres and authors. I know I've been surprised by books that I didn't expect to enjoy.
Also remember, please, that I am still searching for a novel written by actor, Errol Flynn, titled Beam Ends. I need it to add to my collection.
Entry is FREE and if you find yourself requiring a break mid hunt, or getting into a lather as my bibliophile youngest daughter does, then there is a cafe directly across the road. Look here.