September 19, 2017
Bookarama is Taabinga Rotary Club’s major fundraiser for the year; it only lasts two days but the big weekend is months in the planning.
Not only do members have to gather together and store the books – an estimated 25,000 this year – but they have to be sorted into categories.
Then they have to be packed into boxes, transported to Kingaroy Town Hall, unpacked and put out on tables so the public can browse through them.
And over the weekend, the tables are continually restocked as books are sold.
Packing the trailers began on Thursday before Bookarama, two days before the Town Hall doors opened on Saturday morning.
Taabinga Rotary past president Paul Laurentiussen told southburnett.com.au he believed the crowd through the doors on the Saturday was at least equal to last year, and he was very happy with how sales had gone.
Books were sold for $3.00, $2.00 and $1.00; the already heavily discounted books were then discounted even more on Sunday morning.
Taabinga Rotary plans to split the profits from this year’s Bookarama to four charities: South Burnett Pantry, AgForce Queensland, Proston Men’s Shed and LifeFlight.