Preparations are now underway for the biggest event of the year for book lovers in the borough.
The 2018 Masked Charity Booksale opens to the public on Friday, April 27 and will be held over two consecutive weekends.
Each year the event, which takes place at a house on Vernon Avenue, raises thousands of pounds for local good causes by selling books rescued from landfill or donated by members of the public. Last year’s booksale raised £2299 for good causes.
Proceeds from this year will be shared between Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum Destitution Fund and Haywood House – a charity helping people at the end of their life.
Thousands of books will be up for grabs and start from as little as 10p. A number of rare publications will also be on offer – although priced a little higher, they will most likely be cheaper than you’ll pay for them on eBay.
You may noticed books being sold by people wearing masks during the event. This is to honour the tradition started by Josiah Saithwaite, founder of the Federation of Masked Booksellers who are the group who organise the event.
Saithwaite believed in doing good by stealth and decided therefore that the identities of all who helped out on his bookstalls should be concealed behind masks.
Organiser Chris Cann said: “Our stall appears at events and festivals, but our annual sale is the only chance to browse our entire stock. Our rescued books cover most genres and we also stock the odd really weird book that you wouldn’t believe could, or maybe should, exist. There are also DVDs and handmade bags. We always have low prices (starting at 10p), to make books accessible to everyone. Even our collectable or scarce books are priced more cheaply than online.“
The event will be opened by the Mayor of Gedling, Cllr Vivienne McCrossen at 10am on Friday, April 27.
Those who wear a mask will get a free raffle ticket. Visitors are also being urged to bring a donation of food which will then be handed over to Netherfield Food Bank.
The sale takes place at 16, Vernon Avenue and will run between 10am-6pm on Friday, April 28 – Monday, April 30. It will then reopen on Friday, May 4 until Monday, May 7.
You can find out more information at the charity’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExLibris-the-Masked-Booksellers-282980251719330/ or follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/ExLibrisMasked