Sisters Tiarne and Imogen Hely at the 17th annual Bookfest held at the showground.
Sisters Tiarne and Imogen Hely at the 17th annual Bookfest held at the showground. Gemima Harvey

Pick up a bargain at the 2015 Bookfest

TIARNE and Imogen Hely were among the avid readers taking delight in picking out books by their favourite authors and flicking through pages at the 17th annual Bookfest.

The Bookfest, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South, is happening inside the exhibition hall at the showground until Saturday 18.

More than 70,000 books, dvds and cds are available for purchase with all funds raised going to a variety worthy causes.

These projects include, for example, a book prize at Orara High School, migrant educational scholarships, a Christmas party for Coffs Harbour Primary School students with disabilities and providing assistance during overseas emergencies such as giving aid to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu.

Lester Platts, from the Rotary club, has been busily collecting and sorting boxes of books for months and months now.

"Collection starts as soon as a Bookfest finishes, with charities and individuals donating the books all throughout the year."

Rotary club president Peter Rheinberger said that funds from last year's event totalled about $30,000.

Saturday, the final day of the Bookfest, is "Bag a Bargain" day with shoppers invited to fill a bag (the size of a green reusable grocery bag) with books for $10.

Sister Chris who went home with several finds said she has been going to the Bookfest since it first began more than a decade ago.

"I love reading, and along with the murder and mayhem books I like to try one new author because if I don't like the book I have only paid $2 for it."

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