Lifeline Book Fairs Return for 2021
BROOKVALE – The first Lifeline Book Fair for 2021 on the Northern Beaches is starting in a couple of weeks at St Augustine’s College – Sydney. With more than 60,000 books, CDs, games, puzzles, DVDs and vinyl LPs available, there really is something for everyone.
“Book Fairs are an institution at Lifeline,” says David Thomas, CEO of Lifeline Northern Beaches. “Our volunteers have been running them for decades and Book Fairs are an integral part of our fundraising. Without our famous Book Fairs, we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver the level of service that Lifeline provides.”
The Book Fair at St Augustine’s College in Brookvale is running for four huge days from 15–18 April. Doors open to the general public on the Thursday at 11am, with queues of bibliophiles expected from early in the morning. All stock at Lifeline’s Book Fairs has been donated by the local community from a diverse range of personal collections. There are more than 50 categories of books, including Military History, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Cooking, Architecture, Children’s and many, many more. There is also a popular section of Collectible books, with a list of titles available published on the Lifeline Northern Beaches website before the Book Fair. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve started bringing in new stock on Friday and Saturday,” says Mr Thomas. “This means there’s always the chance you’ll be able to take home something hard-to-find on any day at a Book Fair.”
Lifeline has also been carefully planning how to hold Book Fairs during COVID-19.
“We have worked really hard on making our Book Fairs COVID-Safe,” says Book Fair Coordinator, Penny Cervetto. “While we had to postpone some Book Fairs last year when government restrictions were in place, our 2020 Book Fairs ran smoothly with appropriate social-distancing and mindful customers.” Check-in will be mandatory at the St Augustine’s College Book Fair and any NSW Health restrictions will be adhered to.
Lifeline’s Book Fairs raise essential funds for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services, including local face-to-face counselling and support groups.