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Booked out . . . Adele Middlemass (left), Jim Hoskins, Anne Hore and Helen Webster (front) sort through piles of books donated by the public for this year's Bookarama, which takes place from May 26 to 28. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Bookworms rejoice – Bookarama is back for another year.

The annual Rotary Club of Oamaru fundraiser runs between May 26 and May 28 this year, and in a significant change, will take place in a new venue.

Co-ordinator Helen Webster said Bookarama would move from the Oamaru Club, which had hosted the event for several years, to the Loan and Merc building in Harbour St.

“There’s more space and there’s such a great range of tables, bookshelves and other display places we can use. We used to spend a lot of time gathering up trestles from all around the place, so we don’t have to do that now. We’re really pleased with that.”

She said the new location also meant potentially more people would come through to buy books, as the Loan and Merc building was situated in an area that had high volumes of foot traffic.

So far, a healthy number of books, CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and vinyl records have been dropped off at three collection points – Northside New World, New World Oamaru and Ray White Oamaru – while others have been collected from people’s homes by Rotary club members.

“I think we’re getting a great response this year,” Mrs Webster said.

“We’re getting some lovely books, as per usual. We keep everything reasonably priced as we want to sell more for less. Otherwise, we have plenty of books left over.”

Despite more people reading books on devices such as tablets, Mrs Webster believed people’s attraction to the traditional printed version had not waned over time.

“Each year, certainly more recently, the takings have gone up.

“You hear these stories that people are not reading as many books but as far as we can see, people are still buying books.”

Last year, about $14,000 was raised. Costs were about $2500, so well over $10,000 was raised by Rotary for its projects in North Otago.

Bookarama is open on May 26 and May 27 from 9am to 10pm, and from 9am to 1pm on May 28.