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A Cry for Help


The emergency call went out from Audrey – hundreds of books at the Caroline Street Recycling depot that need saving. There were a couple of workers trying to sort them out and make sure readable books were in appropriate bins, but they said there were too many and they would have to haul some away. In her words – “Get down there and rescue some of those books!”

As a member of the local BookCrossing group, it is my duty to rescue readable books and make sure they reach new, appreciative readers. So I did my part and went over, sorted through some of the bins and rescued about 50. I’ve been busy registering all of them to my shelf at BookCrossing and even found two wish list books, always a treat!

Overall, not a bad visit to the recycling depot. You never quite know what you’ll find.

The real book event this week? That would be the 18th Annual Elora Festival Book Sale on Saturday. I’ll be in line an hour before the doors open. This is my yearly book sale pilgrimage and I can’t wait to see what treasures I find this year.

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6 Comments to

“A Cry for Help”

  1. On May 5th, 2006 at 6:03 am Lotus Reads Says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Janelle!

    I do like the sound of the Elora Book Festival, just not sure I can make there before 11:00am though. Will give it my best shot! 🙂

  2. On May 5th, 2006 at 9:02 am Janelle Martin Says:

    No worries if you’re not there first thing. The books fill a curling rink! The rare book section doesn’t even open for purchasing until 11 a.m. Just make sure to get a “number” when you get there. That allows you to grab what you want as you browse, put it aside and keep looking and then you can sort and decide what you want at the end. Most useful if you are buying a lot of books.

  3. On May 5th, 2006 at 12:54 pm Carrie K Says:

    Dammit, I keep forgetting you’re in Canada. Sounds like a fun festival!

    Nice save for the books too. I hate to see books wasted.

  4. On May 5th, 2006 at 8:27 pm Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    I can always think of a good home for any of those rescued books… so much easier to rescue a book than a cat, you know…

    Have fun at the festival!!!

  5. On May 6th, 2006 at 12:34 am Candy Says:

    WooHoo! Way to go on the book rescue!

  6. On May 6th, 2006 at 7:03 pm Lotus Reads Says:

    Janelle, I am so disappointed I couldn’t make it to the festival! I hope you had fun though and that you found a lot of books. I completely forgot that the painters would be in today! 🙁

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