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St James' Church Secondhand Book Sale 2014

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
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Twice a year, booklovers and bargain-hunters gather in Drysdale, hoping to snap up a bargain at the biannual St James' Church Secondhand Book Sale. This popular event, which is usually held in the first weekend of the New Year (and over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in June), sees hundreds of people converging on the Hall (which can be found next to the church), browsing through the huge range of secondhand books that have been donated by the public.

St James' Church Secondhand Book Sale 2014

In January 2014, the Book Sale will be relocating to the Drysdale Community Activity Centre (aka
id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Drysdale Primary School gymnasium), which is conveniently located right next to the St James Church Hall. This is to accommodate for another event that will be taking place over the same weekend- The Bellarine Woodwork Exhibition- which will be held in the Hall instead. With the Book Sale moving to a larger location, and the volunteers able to better spread out the books that are available for purchase, this means that there will be an even bigger opportunity to find that preloved book or magazine you've been wanting to read for summer. Each book is individually priced on the inside front cover, and sorted into categories according to genre (so that browsing is made simpler). There are also special sections for children's books, magazines and old/early edition books.

St James' Church Secondhand Book Sale 2014
The Book Sale has been relocated next door to the Drysdale Community Activity Centre

All of the money raised from this event goes towards paying off the building loan for the Hall (which has now been reduced to $80,000, through donations and similar events). So if you would like to generate some goodwill by purchasing preloved books and supporting a local community infrastructure project, feel free to head to Drysdale on the 4th or 5th of January, and buy a book or two.

St James' Church Secondhand Book Sale 2014
Browse through hundreds of preloved books and find that perfect summer read
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Why? To buy some preloved books at great prices
When: Saturday 4 January from 9am-5pm and Sunday 5 January from 10am-4pm
Where: Drysdale Community Activity Centre, Collins St, Drysdale
Cost: Free entry
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