BOOK lovers queued up early for a chance to capture pre-loved tales and, in turn, help out Ballarat people in need.
Ballarat’s Biggest Book Bonanza, hosted by Rotary Club Ballarat East, served up more than 10,000 tomes and tales for its annual two-day event.
Rotary Ballarat East president Phil Mann said steady crowds showed there was still a strong appetite for reading books across most age groups in a digital age.
A specialty room boasted the unusual and collectors’ items to military history with a Rotarian military history buff on site for a little extra background to the books on hand.
Out in the main floor of St Andrew’s Church Hall were popular genres from young adult to romance and fantasy to cookery.
The club predominantly sources books from city and school libraries when they change stock and public donations. Annual bonanza-goers often arrive with an armful of the year before’s reads to donate back.
Money raised goes to Rotary Ballarat East’s community projects.
Ballarat’s Biggest Book Bonanza re-opens on Sunday morning from 9am.
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