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Bethesda book faire turns another page

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 03/18/2017 4:00 PM

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It’s a chance to stock up on summer reading material at a great price and for a great cause.

The 23rd Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary Book Faire runs Wednesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 25 at Clearspring Centre. Browsing the familiar rows of tables laden with used books and puzzles has become an enjoyable—and warm—pastime that helps to counteract the late-winter blues.

Organizer Ruth Heppner said preparations for the semi-annual book faire typically start two months in advance. At that time, a group of 12-15 volunteers begins gathering weekly to sort and price the many books that community members donate.

Each year, auxiliary members work with the client services department at Bethesda Regional Health Centre to determine a goal for the fundraiser’s proceeds, Heppner explained.

"They give us ideas as to what things are on their wish list, and then we choose from that," she said. A special bathtub unit is this year’s goal. It will join a similar unit purchased last year from the sale’s earnings.

Many people often inquire about the sale in advance, Heppner said, suggesting that interest in the book sale remains strong. She noted an average spring sale would raise $15,000 to $17,000.

The book faire will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in volunteering can contact Verna Thiessen at 326-3028.

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