Big Book Sale Returns for Biggest Big Book Sale Yet

By Greg Duck Posted: August 27, 2018 9:35 a.m.

Volunteers from the Seniors’ University Group stand proudly in front of tens of thousands of donated books for this year’s sale. Proceeds from the sale go towards underwriting the cost of classes in the Lifelong Learning Centre.
Volunteers from the Seniors’ University Group stand proudly in front of tens of thousands of donated books for this year’s sale. Proceeds from the sale go towards underwriting the cost of classes in the Lifelong Learning Centre. Photos: External Relations

Luella Newman
Luella Newman sorts through humour books.
LPs, CDs, DVDs, games, and puzzles
Not into books? There are thousands of LPs, CDs, DVDs, games, and puzzles to dig through as well.
Volunteer
Nearly 100 volunteers have been working since July to organize donations.

Since its inception in 2006, the annual Big Book Sale has grown from a small fundraiser with a few tables of books to five full curling rink sheets, packed with layers of books, DVDs, CDs, records, games, and puzzles. This year’s edition will run from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1 at the Tartan Curling Club, and figures to be the biggest yet.

“It has gotten bigger, and bigger, and now it’s the biggest it’s ever been,” says Bev Barlow, Promotions Coordinator for the Big Book Sale. Last year saw over 60,000 books come through the Tartan doors, and it looks like there could be even more this year. “We are seeing 50, 75, 100 people come through each day with donations. They just roll in one after another!”

The Big Book Sale is the major fundraiser for the Seniors’ University Group (SUG), an organization that promotes the value and availability of lifelong learning for older adults. Proceeds from the event are used to underwrite the cost of classes in the Lifelong Learning Centre, and to fund other community initiatives. Proceeds from the 2017 Big Book Sale enabled the SUG to donate $25,000 to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.

It takes about 100 volunteers working for a month to process, organize, and present all of the donations of items. Everything is precisely organized for easy access based on genre. The volunteers are also keen to help you look for that special author you collect, and will even help load purchases into your car.

After the sale is over, leftover books are donated to around two dozen community organizations based on their needs. The Book Project, a program that delivers reading materials to prisoners and helps to make a difference in the lives of inmates, is one of the recipients.

With changes to the current venue, organizers are looking for a new location for the Big Book Sale. “Perhaps it will be another curling rink, a warehouse, a school gym. We are watching. Talking to people. Anyone who has suggestions, feel free to reach out!” says Barlow.

Dates and times for the sale are as follows:

Thurs., Aug. 30 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 31 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 1 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  

      

     

The sale enjoys key support from the Tartan Curling Club, Crown Shred and Recycling, Mike’s Independent, Staples, Loraas Disposal, and the University of Regina.

For more information, visit the Big Book Sale website.

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