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by May (subscribe)
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Buy books at bargain prices & raise funds for local projects
Although I consistently failed mathematics as a school girl I have calculated the winning formula for summer in the sub tropics: sun lounge plus pool or beach plus good book = perfect relaxation. (Give or take a mango or two).

If this sounds good to you, or even if you swap the concept of swimming for an air conditioning unit, the Capalaba Rotary Club is providing the perfect opportunity to stock up on reading material in readiness. The Club's Bookfest is on again at the Scout Hall, Cnr Bainbridge and Gordon Sts, Ormiston on the weekend of 28th to 30th of October.

This twice yearly event is a big winner with locals. Firstly, because of the sheer variety of books available for sale. There are so many different categories to wade through under the main roof: children's books, Australiana, travel, hobbies, military, cooking and gardening. Earlier in the year there was even a section of Big Print Books, as well as an area of more expensive collectibles.

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Part of my haul earlier in the year

This Bookfest has books in the tens of thousands, not millions like some other events, which I personally find easier. Although I enjoy the hunt for a good book, rooms and rooms of books can be daunting, can't they? As well, because of the more manageable size, many books are grouped according to the author, which is a real win if you are searching for a read by Stephen King, Vince Flynn or other popular authors.

Don't get disheartened if you are unable to locate a book by a current popular author on the tables. There are generally many boxes under the tables which volunteers dip into on a regular basis to restock the sales tables. I must admit that I have been known to go back the next day for a second look when I am after a particular book.

There is also a shed at the back of the property which houses some truly esoteric reading material. This range may contain older books, though if you are looking for something truly different this is the place to head. There are reference books on computing, holistic health, philosophy and astronomy, as well as comics, National Geographics and jigsaw puzzles.

This shed also features a return slot which is popular with locals. It allows people to return their finished reads for recycling, which in turn keeps the prices down.

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Note the slot for recycling books .

Proceeds from this fundraising event support youth and literacy Projects within the Redlands.

Opening Hours for Bookfest are as follows:
October 28th. 1 - 4 pm
October 29th. 8 - 4 pm
October 30th. 8 - 4 pm

On Saturday the 29th there will also be free children's activities and readings supervised by the Cleveland Airforce Cadets.

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Capalaba Rotary Projects

Entry is FREE, though I would recommend taking a few additional gold coins for raffle tickets when you exit the building. I've never won anything, but surely it must be my turn soon.

My other recommendation would be to take a shopping bag or basket in which to load selected books as you walk along the aisles. Keeping hands free is the key to successful shopping.

A few years ago I picked up a great book which I am currently working through - 1001 Books To Read Before You Die. I've still to locate and read 700 of them which gives me a reason to enjoy that sun lounge and many future Bookfests.
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Why? Great source of second hand books and a fundraiser for Rotary.
When: Fri 1 - 4 Sat 8 - 4 Sun 8 -4
Where: Scout Hall, Cnr Bainbridge & GordonSt, Ormiston
Cost: Free Entry. Money for book purchases and a raffle ticket
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Great article, May - you make wading through scores of books sound like a real fun activity!
by Elaine (score: 3|6479) 1052 days ago
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