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Taabinga Rotary members Darryl Roberts, Mick McAuliffe, Paul Laurentiussen, Ralph Clark and (front) Kimberley Francis are excited about the prospect of making this year’s Bookarama the biggest in the event’s 11-year history (Photo: Contributed)

July 2, 2019

Taabinga Rotary Club is starting to gear up for Bookarama, its biggest fundraiser of the year … and they want to collect all your old, pre-loved books for it.

The popular annual event pack Kingaroy Town Hall to the rafters with books of all descriptions for one weekend each September.

Book lovers keen to snap up a bargain scour the extensive tables that cover almost every inch of the Town Hall, picking up anything from romance novels to instruction manuals and cookbooks to travel guides for just $1, $2 or $3 a copy.

Parents who want to stock up their children’s library aren’t forgotten. either, with piles of children’s books available for as little as $5 a box.

And for those who fall victim to hunger or thirst on their quest for book bargains, there’s also a Rotary barbecue and soft drinks on hand all weekend to provide relief.

Last year’s Bookarama raised an astonishing $14,000 for the club – the biggest result yet – and the funds raised were split between the Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Buy A Bale drought relief program.

This year’s Bookarama will be held on September 7 (from 9:00am to 4:00pm) and September 8 (from 9:00am to noon) and Rotary have now put out a call for fresh books to help replenish their stocks.

Books can be left at AKA Accounting in Murgon; Datawave Internet Services at Wondai; JA Carroll and Son Solicitors, Office National or Kingaroy Joinery in Kingaroy; and Flemings Garage and JA Carroll and Son Solicitors in Nanango.

Shoppers can also drop off books in a special Bookarama collection bin at Kingaroy’s SupaIGA supermarket.

On June 19, Taabinga Rotary held its annual changeover dinner at Kingaroy RSL, where 2018-19 president Ralph Clark handed over the torch to incoming 2019-20 president Paul Laurentiussen.

At the same dinner Mick McAuliffe was elected as Vice President; Ralph Clark as Treasurer; Kimberley Francis as Secretary; and Darryl Roberts as Bookarama organiser.

Kingaroy’s Juliana Evangelista, Harry Tessmann and Emily Kerr were among the 22 volunteers that helped Taabinga Rotary out out at last year’s record-breaking Bookarama

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