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by Greta Yeoman

Timaru residents will be to stock up on reading material this weekend at the Red Cross book sale.

The annual sale will begin on Saturday morning and run until Monday afternoon at the organisation’s Bank St premises.

Book sale convener Janette Clarke said the event had always been a good fundraiser for the South Canterbury branch.

“There’s always something for everybody.”

Last year’s sale raised more than $15,000 and all proceeds went to the South Canterbury branch.

The money had been used for a variety of projects, including a new winter bedding pack scheme which would provide warmer bedding for families.

Mrs Clarke said the organisation hoped to continue the scheme next year.

Most books would be on sale for about a dollar but there would also be bundles of items for sale, including Star Wars books, Giles cartoons and Popular Mechanics magazines.

Popular authors who cycled their way through the sale tables included Philippa Gregory, Marian Keynes, Josephine Cox and Lee Child, she said.

As well as books, there would be CDs, DVDs, records and other items for sale.

Mrs Clarke said she was also still looking for people to volunteer an hour or two during Saturday or Sunday’s opening hours.

If people were interested in helping out, they could phone Janette Clarke on (03) 684-5327.