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Ex Libris from the Library of - Room to Read Charity Book Sale

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Raising funds to build libraries in the developing world

"I have way too many books" said no one ever. Well at least, I never have and what better way to get more books in your life than attending a charity second-hand book sale. Wow, adding a few new members to your much loved family (ahem library) while supporting a wonderful charity, what more could you want?

Ex Libris from the Library of - Room to Read Exhibition & Book Sale Poster
Ex Libris from the Library of - Room to Read Book Sale Poster

A charity book sale will be held in Northcote on Saturday, 6 September to raise money for Room to Read.

Room to Read is an international not-for-profit organisation that builds schools and libraries in the developing world, promotes literacy, publishes local-language children's books and provides scholarships for girls. Its motto is "world change starts with educated children."

Childred assisted by Room to Read
Children assisted by Room to Read

Book sale organiser Sarah Day said that the sale was timed to celebrate International Literacy Day the following Monday, 8 September. "We've got some great quality second hand books and ex-library stock in the sale," Sarah said. "There's a huge range of genres, so there should be something for everyone."

Books on offer
There will be lots of books on offer at the Room to Read charity book sale

Room to Read aims to reach 10 million children by next year, which is pretty amazing for an organisation that doesn't spend money on marketing and relies on word of mouth to get its name and work out there. "One of the things I love most about Room to Read is it operates on incredibly low overheads" remarked Sarah "that means that we can publish a local language children's book for only one dollar. So if people come along on the day and only spend two dollars they can still know that they've effectively bought two books for kids in the developing world to read and enjoy."

Children assisted by Room to Read
Children assisted by Room to Read

An art exhibition, Ex Libris, will run in conjunction with the book sale, and continue for a week beyond it. Ex Libris is latin for "from the library of" and used to appear on bookplates inside the covers of books in personal libraries.

The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the power of books and stories that inspire, excite, transform and educate. There will be a variety of work on display with a range of artists participating.

Donations of good quality books are still being accepted for the sale, along with art work for inclusion in the exhibition.

For more information on donating books or entering art work in the exhibition please email or visit

To keep up to date with future Room to Read events in Melbourne, like their facebook page:

The details of the events are as follows:

Room to Read Book Sale
Saturday 6 September
10am to 2pm
The Snug
447 High St, Northcote
Facebook Event Page

Ex Libris Art Exhibition
5 Sept to 12 September
(opening 6pm to 8pm Fri 5 Sept)
The Snug
447 High St, Northcote
Facebook Event Page

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Why? Help raise much needed funds to build schools and libraries in the developing world
When: Book Sale: 6 September 10am-2pm; Art Exhibition: 5-12 September (opening night 6-8pm)
Where: The Snug - 447 High Street, Northcote
Cost: Free entry
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