TRURO -Their first book fair, which was held 50 years ago, was to raise funds for Truro’s new library. Now, the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Truro branch is revisiting its roots for its anniversary.
The CFUW will raise money for Truro’s new library, scheduled to open in the former Normal College in the fall of 2015, during its annual book fair as part of the group’s 50th anniversary. The book fair will take place May 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. and May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Truro Curling Club.
“We thought it would be a great way to celebrate our 50 years,” said Edith Patterson, the group’s longest standing member.
The fair is one of the largest book events in Nova Scotia, with about 3,000 people visiting during two days each year, said Patterson. People are lining up at the doors waiting to get in, and the line stretches around the corner.
Although a book fair is held every year, this is only the second time since their first year the group is raising funds for the library. The fair is usually held to raise money for local charities, with a portion going to other national and overseas charities through their national and international headquarters.
“Most of the money stays in the community,” said Jody Sutherland, the group’s treasurer.
Supporting a library is important for everyone because it provides the community with education and information at their fingertips, Patterson said.
Since the first book fair held in 1946, the venue has changed from year to year. Empty stores, empty schools and a church basement have been some of the venues used, although the fair has been held in the Truro Curling Club since 2002.
The first book fair, which was held in a tent in front of the library, raised $800; quite a difference from 2013’s $11,000 and 2012’s $12,000, Sutherland said.
“The whole thing has changed so much.”
Hundreds of boxes of books are donated each year, resulting in thousands of books being available at the book fair.
“Most of them go for 50 cents,” Patterson said.
Not only books are sold; board games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs can also be donated.
The books that go the quickest are the classics and children’s books. Patterson said it’s nice to see people are still interested in reading, breaking away from their smartphones and computers.
“People still read.”
Donations for the book fair will be accepted at the curling club from May 14 to May 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and May 17 from 10 a.m. until noon as well as May 20 to 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.