Geelong’s Rotary Book Fair is back to pick up some book bargains and rarities

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Geelong’s Rotary Book Fair is back to pick up some book bargains and rarities

From sci-fi to non-fiction, art to gardening, here you'll find literary delights for those guilt-free nights curled up on the couch.

Whether you are a bibliophile with a passion for rare books or an avid reader out for a bargain, get ready to fill your nostrils with that familiar book smell because Geelong’s Rotary Book Fair is back for another page-turning event in 2022.

The key takeaway

  • The annual Rotary Book Fair is back this August
  • Books will be priced at just $1 and $2
  • All funds raised by the books go back into the community

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Presented by the Rotary Club of Geelong West, the annual book fair is back at Geelong West Town Hall to raise funds for local charities.

Held across three days (August 5-August 7), the Rotary Book Fair will allow you to add to your personal collection, or learn more about starting one, all at the cost of that loose change sitting in your car. With literally thousands of books on offer, you can expect a diverse and wide range of work. From fiction to biographies, cooking to gardening, to classics to crime, and health to children’s books, you’re bound to find something worth curling up in front of the fire with.

While the selection is utterly brilliant, it’s the cost that will please even the prudent penny-pincher with only $1 and $2 price tags, for children’s book and paperbacks, and hardcovers respectively. That’s less than a cup of coffee at your local cafe.

But more importantly, the positive contribution you make by just meandering on down and grabbing a latte’s-worth of books will make you feel like a modern Gandhi. Not only are you saving them from the rubbish tip which makes a sustainable recycling system for some eco-friendly reads, but all the funds raised by the book purchases also contribute to a multitude of great causes and community projects that the Rotary support.

The past few years have seen the fair raise tens of thousands of dollars for charity, including towns ravaged by bushfire and drought, Barwon Health to buy much needed diagnostic machinery and to support the COVID19 frontline workers, as well as funding other regular supported projects including Barwon Health Patient Transport, Samaritan House, Operation Newstart, Christ Church Meals Program, Geelong Kokoda Youth Program, Interplast and several of the smaller charities that apply to the Club for grants each year.

Who knew so much positivity could be generated in the simple act of buying a (really cheap) book?

“After a number of interrupted years with COVID19, it is even more important now that we work as hard as possible to generate funds to share amongst our challenged communities. Rotary is a proud ‘not for profit’ organisation and all funds raised go directly to the community groups most in need,” says Geelong West Rotary President, Jim Marendaz.

Whether you’re a life-long bookworm or you’ve never quite gotten into reading, The Rotary Book Fair is the perfect destination fall in love with books. So go forth, have a gander, grab a book or two and head back home to your comfy couch, make a cup of tea and settle in for a good read knowing you’ve done your part for your community.

The book fair will be held at Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, August 5 (9am-6pm), Saturday August 6 (9am-5pm) and Sunday August 7 (9am-2pm). You can find out more here