Once again we are indebted to the wonderful people at the British School of Beijing and our wonderful book fair donors and purchasers.
The sum of 217,121 rmb was made in only 5 days!
Just a little bit about the book fair process:
Michael Durgin, our volunteer book fair manager, Bettina, his committed assistant, and all the other volunteers work long, long hours sorting all the books prior to a fair. The books come in to us in boxes, bags, loose, in with other donations – all sorts of ways. After separation they then have to be checked to see if they are in good condition, are books that will sell ( 1983 guide to Ibiza anyone?!!! ) and if they are books needed by charities – such as migrant children’s schools.
They are then sorted in all the different genres, and in the case of novels, are sorted alphabetically. It really is a huge task. Our book room is always overflowing thanks to the generosity of our community. I think Michael will be nodding in agreement when I say that there will probably never be a time when we are up to date on jobs in that room! More volunteers very welcome!
Then there is the matter of carrying the book boxes, which are very heavy, and stacking them on the shelves. Nobody likes that job !
Next time I’ll write about the process of actually setting up a fair !