Hundreds of thousands of books to peruse at 2018 Times Colonist Book Sale

Times Colonist Book Drive logo 2018Generous donors dropped off an estimated 500,000 books for the annual Times Colonist Book Sale, a fundraising event that’s in its 21st year. That’s on par with the number of books donated during the two-day drop-off period over the past few years.

This year's sale is May 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at the Victoria Curling Club, 1952 Quadra St.

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The prices will be the same as previous years: Hardcovers $3, softcovers $2, pocketbooks and children’s books $1. Payment is by cash, debit, MasterCard, Visa or American Express; no cheques, please.A large group of volunteers made the book collection possible.

There was an almost constant line of cars dropping off books at the Victoria Curling Club on April 21 and 22.

“It went really smooth,” said Times Colonist director of reader sales and service Bruce Cousins. “It was robust, it was steady.

“It seemed like there were fewer cars but more books per car.”

The process of sorting all of the books, again led by volunteers, will happen ahead of the sale.

The book sale has raised a little over $5 million for education and literacy projects since it began in 1998.

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