Sunday, May 22, 2005

Salvation Army Book Fair

To all readers from Singapore...

You mayn't know it, but the Salvation Army has a pretty big stock of books that people have donated. These books are available for sale at various branches, the biggest (for books) being the Upper Serangoon store. The book section is entirely run by volunteers from the Salvation Army Library Enterprise, and we will soon be holding a big sale (yes, it's the SALE sale) during the June holidays to sell off our excess stock. Details as follows:

Date: 3-4 June (Fri & Sat)
Time: 11 am - 7 pm
Venue: Geylang Methodist Secondary School Hall
Getting there: Map
MRT: Aljunied
Bus: 21, 26, 40, 51, 62, 63, 64, 67, 80, 100, 125, 155, 158.

We have books for children, young adults, adult fiction, non-fiction and reference - you name it, we have it. Some books are almost brand new and can be found selling for 20 times the price at bookstores; others will be much older, out-of-print and impossible to find anywhere else. And we will have lots of books at the sale: possibly up to 20,000 books (we haven't counted exactly) rolling out over the 2 days. There will also be children's activities from time to time such as lucky draws and storytelling.

The books will be dirt cheap: all of them go for $1, or 50 cents (if marked 2 for $1).* If you come across a bunch of small books and don't think they're individually worth $1, you can also approach a volunteer to have them marked down. Of course, all proceeds will go to other projects run by the Salvation Army.

Please come! Because the whole thing is being run on a shoestring budget, we haven't the money for big publicity - so please spread the word to your book-loving friends too. Also, because this is entirely volunteer-run, please forgive us if the sale isn't as professional as what you may be accustomed to. We hope the low prices and wide range will make up for any difficulties you may encounter during the sale itself. We also welcome help from anyone who is free on the days of the sale, or even interested in volunteering at our Saturday sessions at Upper Serangoon after the sale. Drop me an e-mail if you're interested and I'll put you in touch with the right people.

Link: PDF brochure for the book fair

*This is the current pricing policy; things may change before the day itself (and will be duly noted here).

UPDATE: Well, we managed to get $3000 out of the book fair, apparently. Not bad for a few mornings' work! Thanks to everyone who came and contributed!


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