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Ready to read . . . Rotary members (from left) Blair Middlemass, Jacquie Webby, Robert Gonzales, Ele Ludemann and Cara Tipping Smith look forward to Bookarama at the Loan and Merc. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Bookworms around North Otago will again be spoiled for choice at the annual Bookarama event next weekend.

The book sale is run by the Rotary Club of Oamaru and serves as the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Co-ordinator Cara Tipping Smith is looking forward to the sale, and believes it will be the biggest Bookarama the club has hosted.

“It’s going to be huge.”

Although it is her first time running the event, she is confident it would be a success.

Initially, the hardest part of setting up Bookarama was “wrangling” volunteers to help out.

“So far, I’ve got to say we’ve had more help than has been requested, almost without exception.”

Bookarama will again be held at the Loan and Merc, which will be packed to the brim with books and shoppers.

“It’s pretty exciting, and for book lovers, it’s mind-blowing,” Ms Tipping Smith said.

Early birds could sniff out some rare first editions that would be available.

As well as books, other items such as CDs, DVDs and puzzles would be up for sale.

Although it was hard to estimate exactly how many books had been donated, Ms Tipping Smith believed it to be in the thousands.

“Virtually every book has been handled by at least one Rotarian.”

Ms Tipping Smith said she was grateful to Rotarians and locals for supporting the event, and to Sally-Ann Donnelly for providing the venue.

“Without everyone’s help, it wouldn’t be possible.

“It really is humbling to see the community come together, from the granny who dropped off three books to the guy who turned up with a uteload of books that have been in his garage for five years.”

Money raised from the event will go to various projects throughout the community.

Bookarama is open on May 25 (9am to 10pm), May 26 (9am to 7pm) and May 27 (9am to noon).