Prepare yourself for a real page-turner this weekend.
More than 20,000 pre-loved tomes will adorn the Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre when the Lifeline Hunter Book Fair opens its doors for a huge two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 April.
Today (Friday 9 April), volunteers sorted the various paperbacks and hardcovers into 60 categories, in readiness for the big crowds of bookworms.
Lifeline’s HNECC general manager Julie Wicks said the Book Fair was a great day out to scour through a variety of quality books at bargain prices.
“Proceeds from events like this are an essential funding source for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services,” she explained.
“So, we are hoping to see thousands of booklovers over the next couple of days.
“The biggest section of books will be adult fiction.
“But, this year, we also have a separate space specifically for the children, which will all be priced at $1.
“While we are not looking for any more book donations, we would be very grateful for additional volunteers to help on the weekend plus the Monday (12 April) for packing up.”
Ms Wicks said the Lifeline Hunter Book Fair had been registered and classified a COVIDSafe event.
“We have everything organised to meet the current safety regulations,” she added.
“These may change if restrictions change.
“Any modifications to our event will be notified through our website and social media pages.
“Lifeline recognises and thanks all the organisations and individuals who have signed on to volunteer.
“We would also like to thank our sponsors Elite Industrial Equipment and Ampcontrol who have helped make this event possible.”
Use the Brown Road entrance at Broadmeadow, between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and from 9am until 4pm on Sunday.
To find out more about the Lifeline Hunter Book Fair or express interest in volunteering, contact [email protected] or phone Jason on 1300 152 854.