Annual Guardian book sale raises close to $11,000 for literacy projects

Dave Stewart
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Don Scott of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Tracey Stretch, marketing manager for The Guardian, examine some of the uniqie books they received for the annual book sale.

The Guardian’s Book Sale for Literacy has once again raised thousands of dollars to further education and literacy across P.E.I.

The recent three-day sale in Charlottetown raised almost $11,000.

Tracy Stretch, marketing manager with The Guardian, said three-quarters of the books that were donated were sold.

“It’s all about recycling the books,’’ Stretch said. “By purchasing these donated books they are supporting literacy causes in the community.’’

The Guardian organizes the book sale in partnership with the Hillsborough Rotary Club, which has been involved with the event for the past five years.

Stretch said there was an ‘Old Home Week-like’ atmosphere at the sale, with people running into friends they hadn’t seen in a long time.

“It was kind of neat just listening to the conversations in the room. Some of the volunteers met last year at the book sale and they were excited to see each other again.’’

It resulted in a lot of conversations about books. People who had read one book recommended it to someone who hadn’t.

“People discovered other books and authors they might not have gone to the book store and bought or selected at the library but at our book sale they are discovering new authors and new stories.’’

The books that weren’t sold are donated to local advocacy groups.

Joan MacFarlane, education co-ordinator at the Provincial Correctional Centre, ended up with few boxes of books.

“It gives us the opportunity to replenish the books,’’ said MacFarlane. “Certain authors are popular (here) and if you only have one copy it’s hard. (Inmates) want to read and reading is a productive thing for them to do. It also gives us the chance to refresh the collection and add new books.’’

The Provincial Correctional Centre has an actual classroom library and each living unit has a library time during the week.

As is the case with any library, once a book has passed through a number of hands it gets worn down.

While westerns are a hit with many of the older male inmates, some of the more contemporary choices these days include authors Dan Brown, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman and Stephenie Meyer.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Organizations: The Guardian, Provincial Correctional Centre, Hillsborough Rotary Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Too bad
    June 10, 2014 - 16:28

    Hearing about this after the fact is disappointing.