Huge Quantities of Books on Display Above and Below Tables at the Start of Bookarama 2022
With 2 years of collections this year’s Bookarama saw the largest volume of books, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and LPs ever on display in Somerville Intermediates Gym for the Sale which took place between Wednesday and Sunday last week. This is the 22nd year that Howick Rotary has organized the annual Bookarama event and it required a herculean effort by club members assisted by Coastguard and volunteers from the public to stage it. 
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It started with an Early Bird $20 entry on Wednesday afternoon. This part of the sale attracts dealers for all other New Zealand with some coming from as far afield as Christchurch and Carterton. With their experience in the field, they quickly sort out the books of value or that can be resold at a good margin. This year in addition to the dealers a large number of the public came to the Early Bird session so they could get “first pickings”. As Geoff Thompson Rotary Convenor said “the change of time and the better promotion of the “Early Bird” afternoon really worked for us this year”. 

Geoff also added that “although we have been going for 22 years, we are constantly learning how to do things better. For example, one of our team, John Savory, researches the value of some the rarer books on the internet and we then are able to sell these at a third to a half of their market price which creates a win-win for both the seller and the buyer. We also had some antique and classic books that one of members wives Meryl Monk brought along and she had a great result selling these”.  

One of the books collected is going on a very special journey. It is the journal of the Australian Antarctic expedition leader Sir Douglas Mawson around the heroic age of exploration of the icy continent. It will go to the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum in Hobart Australia. A fitting end location for such a historic book from Howick’s Bookarama! 

During the sale there was a steady stream of people visiting the gym to get their next year’s reading material and it ended with a Super Sunday Sale when all the items on sale were half price. This brought out large numbers of bargain hunters who took a big chunk of the mountain with them. Charities also benefited by being given free choice of the books on display. A couple of East Auckland Rotary clubs are setting up a free library for people in Panmure and Glen Innes. Totara Hospice and Salvation Army were also able to restock their shops.

At the close of the event President Madeleine East said “the huge effort the club puts into this project is well worth it. Bookarama turns the community’s generosity into funds that can then be ploughed back into a vast variety of projects that help needy families, improve the environment, support heritage, help young people and assist local fun events”.