Harbour City Lions on the hunt for books

Book loving Lions Faye Mayo and Christine Currie with some of the books donated to this year’s book fair. Photo: Daniel Hines.

A Tauranga institution needs your help.

That help will probably come from clearing out the bookshelf, finally unpacking some boxes in the garage or going through the dusty storage cupboard for books and puzzles.

Harbour City Lions needs books for its annual book fair, now in its 15th year.

“We’re lost if we don't get the books. That's the hardest thing, actually, it's not advertising the sale, it's advertising for the books,” says organiser Christine Currie.

“So we need good quality, clean, readable books. The sort of books you think other people might like to read. And jigsaws.”

This year things have been delayed a little because of lockdown but Christine hopes it will work in their favour.

“I'm hoping that they've done a lot of reading in lockdown and we'll get the books.”

A few of the books on offer so far include Lee Child thrillers, ‘Rugby the pioneer years’, a Led Zepplin book for music fans and ‘Kiwi Backyard’ by former All Black Andy Ellis.

The club needs thousands more like them to make the book fair a success.

Harbour City Lions president Faye Mayo says it’s a big book fair and people travel from as far as Wellington to bag a bargain.

“We have some historical gems that come in as well. So we've had some really interesting books.

“It's thousands of books, it's phenomenal and really good quality, great variety.”

All the proceeds from these books go back into the community, mainly on projects that have a big impact, says Faye.

They have given a beach access mat to enable wheelchair users to get onto the sand, defibrillators to St John and funds to Riding for the Disabled.

Recently they gave $15,500 for emergency lights to the Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade which are also used by police and ambulance.

“It's big projects that make a significant difference. We do do smaller projects, but the money from this usually goes to something significant.”

Every dollar goes back to the community, says Christine.

Each week from now, about 20 Lions members will get together two mornings a week to sort the books until the big sale from November 6-8.

Books can be dropped off at Harvey Norman and Carpet Court on Cameron Road, the Golf Warehouse on Chapel Street and Smiths City at Bethlehem Town Centre.

All books are accepted, except magazines and encyclopaedias.

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