Bookarama New Life For Old Books
  • The Hate Reader:

    You complain the author can’t put two sentences together properly or that the book is dragging hopelessly in the middle and what kind of plot twist is that, even?If you are a hate reader you will finish each hate read down to its very last word, and you may well close the covers and toss the volume across the room, but you will do it with a great, secret frisson of satisfaction because it feels so good.

  • The Chronological Reader:

    Slow and steady wins the race, you buy a book, you read it. You buy another, you read it.

  • The Book-Buster:

    You are a destroyer of books, but you love them so. You just want to hug the books, squeeze them tighter and tighter, you adore them so much, you really don’t know you’re hurting them.

  • Delayed Onset Reader #1:

    When you walk into a bookstore or any place books are available, you can’t help yourself, you buy one or many.

  • Delayed Onset Reader #2:

    You buy books so you can show them off. If you are wealthy, you may have a mahogany-paneled library for expressly this purpose.

  • The Bookophile:

    More than reading, you just love books. Old ones, the way they smell, the crinkles and yellowing of the pages; new ones, the way they smell, too, the crispness, running your hands over a stack of them at the bookstore.

  • The Anti-Reader:

    You are the book version of the person who claims “I never watch TV! I don’t even own one!” You never read books, because you find them too long.

  • The Cross-Under:

    You are a grown-up who reads Y.A. or kids books, or a kid who reads adult books, and there is a place for you in society, finally.

  • The Multi-Tasker:

    This is the nice way of saying you are a promiscuous reader, but it’s not that you don’t finish reads.

  • The Sleepy Bedtime Reader:

    Do you feel the only time you have to read is when you’re about to go to sleep? You tote your book into bed with you and it’s so very comfortable and the book is so deliciously good, but you cannot keep your eyes open.

  • The Book Swagger:

    If it’s free, you’ll take it, and even if it’s not, you’ll try to get it for free. Whether you read all this swag or not is really of little consequence. It’s not that you don’t love books, you do. But you also really, really love getting to see them before anybody else.

  • The Sharer:

    You read something you like and you simply will not stop talking about it; you tell everyone you know, and you will not give up until they read it too.

Source: The Wire

Launched in year 2000 Bookarama is the Rotary Club of Howick’s largest annual fundraising project.
From its earliest days in the old Wes Burns building to the RSA centre in Wellington Street, the success of Bookarama has always depended on the efforts of its many volunteers devoting their valuable time and countless skills.

Whether from relatives’ estates or overflowing bookcases, whether fiction or non-fiction, Bookarama bursts with books donated from Howick residents eager to share their favourite reads with new owners.

Doors open for a pre-sale evening event for book dealers and book lovers eager to discover a hidden gem: rare editions, current favourites, or special picture books at great prices. For a modest entry fee, the keen collectors can get a head start at Bookarama.

After the pre-sale event, the market continues throughout the week, giving everyone an opportunity to stock up on their reading, games, music and puzzles. The children’s section is a perennial hit – filled with local youth discovering new stories with books as low as 50 cents.

After Bookarama, unsold books are offered to local schools, with parents and teachers collecting material for their school libraries, or for use in similar fundraising efforts.

Although Bookarama is a herculean effort for the Howick Rotary Club, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring its members together, working to raise funds for community service efforts. With renewed camaraderie and lifted spirits, Bookarama remains a highlight in the annual Rotary Club calendar for visitors and volunteers alike.

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