Barb Barry, Irwin Henderson, Carol Martin and Patricia Gilchrist are volunteers for the Friends of Greater Victoria Public Library, holding the Big Summer Reading Booksale, Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. 1p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Nellie McClung Library.                                Travis Paterson/News Staff

Barb Barry, Irwin Henderson, Carol Martin and Patricia Gilchrist are volunteers for the Friends of Greater Victoria Public Library, holding the Big Summer Reading Booksale, Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. 1p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Nellie McClung Library. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Book sale a chance to stack up on summer reading

Boxes of kids books avaiable at sale in Nellie McClung Library

It’s a book lover’s dream, a room filled with boxes of books with a pricetag of $2.50 per book.

Or better yet, wait until the second day, and it’s all the books you can carry out for $10.

It’s the Big Summer Reading Booksale, held by the Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library, Saturday and Sunday in the Nellie McClung library branch at Cedar Hill Road and McKenzie Avenue.

“It’s a perfect chance for families to stack up on kids books for summer reading,” said Irwin Henderson, a volunteer with Friends of GVPL. “We have hundreds of boxes, all kinds of children’s books.”

The sale starts Saturday night with a $3 early bird admission from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hardcovers are $2.50, soft covers $2, pocketbooks 50 cents, children’s and teen hardcovers $1, with children’s board books, kids and teen soft covers all for 50 cents.

Those same prices apply for the Sunday morning (free admission) sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Later on Sunday, at 1:15 p.m., there’ s a $10 entry for all you can take.

“It’s very popular, we’ll have people lining up at 4:30 p.m. for the 5 p.m. start on Saturday, or even before that,” said Carol Martin, another volunteer with the Friends of GVPL.

The Big Summer Reading Booksale is the smaller of the Friends’ two annual sales, with a much bigger one held at Pearkes in the fall.

Profits from the book sales go to the GVPL’s Summer Reading Club for children 12 and under.

“We put $23,000 into the Summer Reading Club from last year’s sales, the motivation is to keep kids reading over the summer so they can retain [and build on] the reading skills they learned throughout the [school] year.”

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Friends of Greater Victoria Public Library volunteers Barb Barry (left), Irwin Henderson, Carol Martin and Patricia Gilchrist get ready for the Big Summer Reading Booksale, Saturday and Sunday at the Nellie McClung library branch.                                Travis Paterson/News Staff

Friends of Greater Victoria Public Library volunteers Barb Barry (left), Irwin Henderson, Carol Martin and Patricia Gilchrist get ready for the Big Summer Reading Booksale, Saturday and Sunday at the Nellie McClung library branch. Travis Paterson/News Staff