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ExLibris Masked Charity Booksale 2019

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ExLibris

16 Vernon Avenue

Carlton

Nottingham

NG4 3FX

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A booksale with over 15,000 books at low prices, that supports local good causes and saves books from landfill. With cakes and masks. It's not too good to be true - read on!

The 2019 Mega Masked Charity Booksale has books on all conceivable topics, including new, genre, unusual, modern and classic fiction; every non-fiction subject under the sun; books on leisure interests such as gardening, crafts, and cookery; hardbacks and paperbacks; lots and lots of children’s books; and the odd really weird book that you wouldn’t believe could, or maybe should, exist. There are surprisingly strong sections on railways; birds; cake decoration; military and other history; pets; biography; and politics. As books get sold, more are waiting to top up empty spaces.

Prices are always low, and start at 10p. There’s a selection of scarce and collectable books, but prices of these start at £5, so nearly everyone can afford something very special.

Award-winning crime writer Stephen Booth will open the Booksale at 10am, April 26th. Everyone is welcome to come along to meet him. You will also be able to meet representatives from the charities benefiting from the booksale this year.

Refreshments, including homemade cakes, will available for donation. Children (and people who would still like to be children) can play on the ExLibris Express (a train built out of reclaimed wood and permanently stationed at Adlestrop Station), where they can ring the bell, toot the horn, sell tickets, blow bubbles, shovel “coal”, and more.

Visitors are invited to bring a tin of vegetarian food, which will be passed on to Netherfield Food Bank after the Booksale. Good condition clean shoes and clothing can be brought, to be passed on to Sharewear.

There will be silent auctions and a raffle. Anyone arriving wearing a mask can claim a free raffle ticket; last year’s event saw some very creative masks arriving.

Local artist Peter Halse will have cards of his exquisite paintings for sale. Handmade bags and DVDs will also be on sale.

There will be a collaboration between ExLibris and Nottingham Poetry Festival at 1pm on Saturday April 27th. Dave Wood and Friends (including Matt Black) will present an informal poetry session. It will be free, so come along and listen, and read too if you’d like. This will possibly be the only event in the 2019 Poetry Festival event taking place in a suburban garden; it will probably also be the only masked event in the 2019 Poetry Festival.

It’s going to be a great event for book lovers, and hopefully also for the 3 chosen good causes.

* https://www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/…/zephyrs-no…/ Zephyr’s centre, based in the City Hospital campus, offers loving care and support to families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or the death of a baby or child. They will receive 25% of takings.
* http://mortonhallvisitors.org.uk/ Voluntary visitors support people detained at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre by providing a link to the outside world. They will receive 25% of takings.
* https://sharewearclothingscheme.org/ Sharewear provides emergency clothing, shoes and bedding to people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire currently in crisis. Many people living in our county are in clothing poverty, and Sharewear’s work is essential to them. They will receive 50% of takings.

Although prices are very low, ExLibris ask that if people are buying books to sell on for profit, they pay a bit more. Many people pay more anyway.

The whole event is a celebration of voluntary co-operation and collaboration. Many volunteers help to make these annual Masked Charity Booksales possible and successful. No-one except the charities benefits financially. It is also a celebration of Nottingham and Gedling.

ExLibris is a member of the Federation of Masked Booksellers: Discarded books rescued and sold for charity. http://www.maskedbooksellers.org.uk

· Books saved from landfill.

· Landfill saved from books.

· Funds raised for good causes.

· Low affordable prices.

· Masks worn.

Excellent recycling and fundraising and brain expanding!

Why the masks? All becomes very slightly clear if you look at the website of the Federation of Masked Booksellers.

Last year's booksale took £2176, which was given to Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum Anti-destitution project and Hayward House palliative care NUH Charity.

ExLibris Masked Charity Booksales are family-friendly. Wheelchair accessibility is only partial, but ExLibris will help where they can. Buses 24, 25, 44 and 100 all stop nearby, and there is plenty of on-street parking (please try not to annoy the neighbours) and a car park at the top of Ranmoor Road. Bicycles can be parked in the back garden. Cash only (cash machine at Gedling Road Co-op). Nearby there is a Castle Rock pub (food served), a wool shop, an art/frame shop and several other useful local shops and takeaways. A visit to the ExLibris Booksale could also be happily combined with a stroll in Gedling Country Park.

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NG4 3FX

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