The Pictou County Y’s Menettes are making it easier for book lovers to keep their romance with literature going.
The charity organization is holding their annual book sale from Oct. 10 until Oct. 18 at the Aberdeen Business Centre, formerly known as the Aberdeen Mall.
“A lot of people come back every year,” said Andrea Robertson, president of the Pictou County Y’s Menettes. A few of the regulars were there as soon as the sale began at 10 a.m. to donate their old books and replace them with new ones, she said.
They didn’t leave empty handed with at least 20,000 titles to choose from.
Michael Hagenbuch moved to Pictou County four years ago and has been coming to the book sale ever since.
The collector has over 1,500 books on his shelves and is always looking for more.
“Now that I’m retired, I average a book a week.”
Although it may be easier to carry around thousands of books on an e-reader, he’s not interested in that. He prefers having the physical copy.
Buying that many books can get expensive. One of the reasons Hagenbuch keeps coming back to the sale is to save money.
The most expensive book at the sale is $3.
The avid reader is interested in many topics and always keeps a list of which titles he doesn’t have yet.
He reads reviews and takes recommendations from friends before adding to his collection.
He’s no stranger to the written word, having spent six years working in a bookstore in the United States after retiring.
Hagenbuch wasn’t able to check anything off his list this year, but he did find gifts for his grandchildren.
Fran Cumming is another return customer, but she comes only for the covers.
Cumming is the sales and marketing manager for Re-cover Journals, a Halifax-based company that recycles book covers into notebooks.
“These old books that are going to the landfill become notebooks.”
She has been driving to New Glasgow for the sale for seven years.
Cumming collects covers ready to fall off their pages, so the company can coil them and add sheets of blank recycled paper.
They look for hardcovers with unique graphics or design.
They sell their products online as well as in gift and environmental stores.
They get many of their covers from the New Glasgow sale.
“They know us well. They’re good to us.”
All of the used books are donated and the funds go to local charities such as the YMCA, the Christmas Fund, the Pictou County Fuel Fund and the IWK.
The sale is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day except Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday.
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