Popular Annual Book Fair


The Malvern Anglican Parish annual Book Fair (July 6th – 9th) has been declared a definite success. “I can’t believe how many books have been bought, and at the time of writing this, how many there are still to choose from for the concluding days of the Sale,” said Rev Susan Baldwin. “It’s like they were breeding overnight when we weren’t looking,” she laughed.

“If anyone says that reading books is dying out and that books are a thing of the past, I’d be willing to argue the point, if this past weekend, plus Monday and Tuesday are any indication,” Susan commented.

The Trinity Hall was again chocka with books for the Malvern Anglican Parish’s four day used book sale, and shoppers of all ages left with shopping bags, or boxes full of reading matter throughout the days the sale was operating. Ahead of the event, volunteers sorted hundreds and hundreds of titles arranging them on tables in the Hall for browsing. Half of Trinity Hall was full of fiction and the other half with non-fiction in the way of history, travel, sports, reference, gardening, biographies, religion, self-help, hobbies and home repair. The next largest assortment of books, after fiction, was in the children’s section. This covered two long tables and had to be arranged in boxes underneath as well, just to fit them all in. Other diversions for the winter school holidays were also on offer, with stacks of jigsaw puzzles, boxes of CD’s or DVD’s, and games to choose from.

“Thank you to the many people who donated books prior to the book fair,” Susan added. “Books continued to arrive throughout the Sale, meaning that folks returning after an initial visit found new titles to browse through,” she said. “Books are most certainly going to be around for quite a while yet,” Susan concluded.