Book sale for literacy begins today in Charlottetown

Dave Stewart
Published on May 29, 2014

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 beginning Thursday in the Sherwood Business Centre. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is partnering with the newspaper in The Guardian Book Drive for Literacy. The sale runs until Saturday afternoon.


Anyone looking for a book on how to please a husband or copies of the L.M. Montgomery’s classics can find them at The Guardian Book Sale for Literacy.

The book sale gets underway today at the Sherwood Business Centre (in the old Ellis Brothers mall) and runs until Saturday.

The three-day sale last year raised more than $11,000 to further education and literacy across P.E.I.

“By donating and purchasing books, the community is helping to raise funds that will be invested in community literacy programs,’’ says Tracy Stretch, marketing manager with The Guardian.

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

“It’s a tremendous project for the Hillsborough Rotary Club. It fits us perfectly,’’ said rotary member Tom Clark. “The number of donated books and the quality of the donations are just tremendous.’’

Stretch said all of the proceeds go to literacy projects across P.E.I. Space at the business centre is donated, as are the tables and books. Staff at The Guardian and rotary club volunteer their time to make it all work.

There are books, a lot of books to choose from whether the interest is from children, pre-teens and teenagers.

There are P.E.I. books, Atlantic books, books on cooking (that’s the book on how to please a husband, by the way), biographies, religion, self-help, war and history.

Stretch said going through the books was interesting. They found old photos that had been shoved inside and a hog producer’s licence.

The sale will feature an unproofed copy of a Mary Higgins Clark book and well-preserved editions of some Lucy Maud Montgomery classics.

The books sale runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The best way to find it is enter from Brackley Point Road and park at the rear of the business centre.