Dubbo residents donate books year-round to Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair

BOOK BREAK: Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie members Judy Jakins and Peter Stanford check out books donated by the public to the annual Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair. Photo: Contributed

BOOK BREAK: Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie members Judy Jakins and Peter Stanford check out books donated by the public to the annual Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair. Photo: Contributed

Dubbo and district residents have found a year-round way of sharing their love of reading.

They continue to donate good quality books to the Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie for its annual Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair.

A working bee has been scheduled for Saturday to sort and pack a recent influx of books.

Club member and book fair co-ordinator Peter Bartley is advising readers with unwanted books to drop them off to Meals on Wheels at 74 Mountbatten Drive on or before Saturday.

“We didn’t think we would need to have another working bee until next February but we have been swamped with generous donations of books which need sorting urgently,” he said.

The club already has about 3000 books securely packed away from the 2016 book fair but is keen to add to the collection .

“This is the first year that the club has been given so many good quality books so early,” Mr Bartley said.

“The public has responded magnificently to our request for only good quality books and no encyclopaedias or Readers Digest or magazines.

“The success of this year’s effort was because we only had high quality books at very cheap prices.”

The 2016 and 7th Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair broke all records in raising more than $11,000 in one day.

Equal beneficiaries of the fair are the Dubbo Base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bill Walsh Cancer Research Centre at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

The working bee on Saturday will run from 8.30am to noon.

The 2017 fair will be held on May 6.

For more information call Mr Bartley on 0488 057 363 

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