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Our Sincere Thanks
This sale owes its success to the generous people who donate their gently used books and other materials each year. This is the new 3 Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle - at it’s best. People donate and return to buy, proof that reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic are still popular pursuits.
We hope you enjoyed the sale at our new location.
The Highland Curling Club
348 Broad Street ( map )
Please check back closer to the 2020 sale dates, August 13-15 for information about donating to this event. This year, we gratefully accepted the following, but the list changes slightly each year:
Paperbacks and Hardcovers
Fiction and Non-fiction
Young Adult Books
Graphic Novels, Marvel & other Comic Books
Games and puzzles
CDs, DVDs & LPs only (NO cassettes or VHS)
Magazines: ONLY sports and those suitable for children
NO Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or National Geographics, please.
NO encyclopaedias, textbooks, computer or other manuals, or items in poor condition, please.
Please check this site in July 2020 for additions and deletions.
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The Things We Find
When a book has been read and put back on the shelf, it often retains something of its reader, sometimes a coffee stain, but more often an unusual bookmark, which then becomes a lost object. We find tickets, postcards, photos, pressed flowers and leaves, recipe and birthday cards, letters, ribbons, magazine articles, and, of course, regular bookmarks. Every year, Elsie, one of our longtime volunteers, creates a collage with them.
These items have stories of their own to tell. This year, we found a lost treasure - a priest or minister's stole - which was embroidered with golden wheat stocks and beautifully trimmed. We would like very much to return it. If this sounds familiar, please call 306-584-3501.
Opening each box or bag of books offers a chance of finding another hidden treasure. You never know – maybe we’ve found one of yours.
A woman told me a story as we were bringing in her donations. She said that her whole family were scholars, avid readers with a wide range of interests. They decided years ago that they would use real bookmarks only in the books they were reading at one time, usually a dozen or so. Her husband has died recently and she said it was such a comfort for the family to find those bookmarks and know the things he was interested in when his livelong passion for learning was complete. -B
Donations Made Easy
Our sorters were very pleased when they opened one woman’s donation of books left from her garage sale. Unlike the jumble they usually find, the books were sorted by subject and labelled, complete with an inventory by title. Needless to say, volunteers made short work of getting those books to the appropriate tables.
School Day Memories
In 2016, a volunteer found some items in a book, including a duplicate social insurance card and photos of:
a couple named Pat and Rose in their wedding finery,
a teacher, dated September 6, 1961,
students - Theresa, Pat, Maureen, Grady
a nursing student,
an RCMP recruit in uniform,
4 student or family groups.
From the addresses written on the photos, we assume that these people lived near Connaught School at 13th Avenue and Elphinstone Street. If any of this information seems familiar to you, please email us. We would like to return this package of memories.
"My favourite task is to open up a big box of books that has been dropped off. You never know what you will find. It could be a whole set of books from one author or a collection of art books, cookbooks or self help advice. What I find most interesting is a box that contains a mixture of books - from the classics to modern fiction, with biographies or some humour thrown in. I then wonder about the people who donated these book. Is it a collection from one person who read a broad range of books or is it from various members of a family? From the thousands of books we receive every summer I have concluded that even with the rise in on-line reading people still love to read books on paper." – B.
Books Connect People
At the Farmer's Market, a woman asked where we get our books from. I replied that most come from Regina donors, but that a woman in Grenfell had called asking if we could pick up books because she doesn't drive in the city. To my surprise, the woman at the market offered to drive to Grenfell and bring back the books! And, that's what happened. The two women connected, arranged to meet half-way, shifted boxes from one vehicle to the other, and then headed to the Indian Head Bakery for coffee and yummy treats. A new friendship made through the love of book. One of many. - B
One Mystery Among Many
Some of the most interesting finds are photographs. Several years ago, one of our volunteers glanced at the collage and recognized a relative in a group photo. On closer examination, she realized it was a picture of her own family that she couldn't remember having seen before. The source of this special gift was, and remains, a mystery. A memento lost and found.
A Piece of History
This past summer one of the volunteers came across a very interesting letter in a book. It was typed on official Government of Saskatchewan paper and was from Premier Ross Thatcher’s office to a women in Ottawa who had applied for a position in the legislature. It was personally signed by the premier. It was put aside and donated to the government archives. – B.