Books galore available at Bathurst Showground for the Lifeline Book Fair

READY: Lifeline Book Fair volunteers Celia Ferguson, Greg Griffith, Alex Ferguson and John Frith. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 051917books2
READY: Lifeline Book Fair volunteers Celia Ferguson, Greg Griffith, Alex Ferguson and John Frith. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 051917books2

With the books priced and sorted, the biannual Lifeline Book Fair is all set for the public come the weekend.

Nine inmates from the Bathurst Correctional Centre helped prepare books, alongside a group of Lifeline volunteers.

Over 22,000 books will be available to the public across the two day book fair.

Lifeline executive officer Alex Ferguson said the weekend will be a great chance to buy and stock up on books.

“People come in mad, like off a leash. They know their books,” he said.

“The books are all sorted into sections; fiction, biographies, war. We’re getting smarter [at sorting the books], but it takes the team about two month to sort through them.

“There’s something for everyone and even old collectables.”

Rain has been forecast for Saturday, by Mr Ferguson is not fazed. 

“It will be a perfect solution for a wet Bathurst weekend,” he said.

The rummaging table will be decked with rare and iconic books, including a German Bible from 1701, valued at $400.  

It will be a perfect solution for a wet Bathurst weekend

Lifeline executive officer Alex Ferguson

“They don’t realise how much they are giving away,” volunteer Greg Griffith said.

Mr Ferguson said the fair is all about quality.

“First of all, is the quality. We’re not a church fete or Vinnies,” he said. 

“We probably throw out 50 per cent of what is given to us. They might have mould, coffee stains or are falling apart.

“What we can do for people missing a book in a series, is give them the one they are missing.”

Gates will open at 9am and close at 4pm on Saturday and gates will open at 10am and close at 2pm on Sunday.

If you are struggling with mental health, contact Lifeline at 13 11 14.