Readers choose from thousands of titles at university women fundraiser

Readers choose from thousands of titles at university women fundraiser

With about 50,000 titles on offer, there was something for every reader at a big book sale in St. John's Wednesday.

The annual event sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women raises money for scholarships and charities like the Memorial University food bank.

"I've hit the fantasy section," said Rochelle Kavanagh. "There's a lot of people in my family that like to read that genre of novel, so it's a good way to pick up a whole set."

There are lots of deals, she said.

"With the tax on books now, it makes it even more special to be able to pick these up at such a good price."

James Madore, a paramedic, had a variety — from books about the military, to Spanish dictionaries, to books about horses for his girlfriend.

"A lot of rare books, older ones for like one, two dollars max, some are even free."

"So far the sale has been excellent," said organizer Joyce Noseworthy on Wednesday. "We had an wonderful, good, turnout last night. We moved an awful lot of books."

Noseworthy said the group had 45,000 to 50,000 books this year.  The sale continues into Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with everything reduced to half price.

In 2015/2016, the Federation raised a total of $39,900 for scholarships, bursaries and charity.