Books are flying off the shelf after the Rotary Club of Narrabri launched its book sale in Maitland Street.

The organisation opened the doors to its temporary book shop, a major fundraiser for Rotary, located next to Baguley’s Jewellers.

Reading interests of all tastes are covered, with the range including fiction and non-fiction as well as different genres in each section. There are also books for all ages, including some special interest items, as well as DVDs.

Rotarian Bruce Pyke who is helping to coordinate the club’s fundraiser said they could barely fit anymore books into the shop.

In addition to left-over items from their previous sale and books accumulated during the year, the organisation received a container full of books from the Rotary Club of Tamworth.

“There is definitely a good range here,” Mr Pyke said.

“It’s a good fundraiser for the club and the money raised is spent on local projects.

“It’s a good community service as well.”

Last year’s book sale raised $16,000 to be spent on community projects, and Mr Pyke hopes this year is equally as successful.

“In two weeks, we are aiming to raise about $10,000,” he said.

Within a week of opening the book shop’s doors this year, he said they had raised almost $7000.

“That indicates the quality of the books we have,” Mr Pyke said.

“Over the years we would have raised close to $100,000.

“All of that money gets spent locally.”

The book sale has developed from a book section at a garage sale held at the showgrounds to the stand-alone sale in the Narrabri town centre.

Former Rotarian Bruce Ireland has supported the initiative by providing the Maitland Street shop free of charge.

Rotary’s book sale will be open every day of the week until Sunday, October 18. Mr Pyke said they would look at extending the sale depending on community interest. The shop will be open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 12pm on Sunday.

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