Martin C. Barry
The Deux-Montagnes Lions Club will be holding their 16th Annual Giant Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Hall on Grand Moulin Road.
Two weeks early
The popular sale, which has been consistently successful in the past with an amazingly diverse assortment of books for everyone’s reading pleasure, is being held two weeks earlier this year.
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There will be a special advance sale on Oct. 4 from 2 to 4 pm for people with mobility issues, as well as for mothers with baby strollers.
According to the Deux Montagnes Lions, a lot more money could be earned for the cause by selling the books commercially to bulk buyers.
A community event
However, the Lions have always kept away from that formula, since it would undermine the community element of the Annual Book Fair which has become a tradition on the North Shore.
Each year, thousands of dollars in proceeds from the event end up being put to good use in the community following the fair. The money helps the Deux-Montagnes Lions make important purchases to fulfill their charitable mandate.
Fundraising for causes
These include large-letter books and reading materials for those with eyesight problems. The money is distributed to causes over a wide area on the North Shore, from Oka in the west, to Deux-Montagnes and St. Eustache along the Mille Îles River, and St. Augustin and Mirabel more to the north of the region.
There will be more than 25,000 books, in good condition, all classified into categories normally found in a book store in both English and French, including a great choice of children’s books.
Prices will be as follows: pocket books are 0.75 cents each and all hard covers and large soft covers will be sold for $2 each. Children’s books are three for $1.
Also DVDs and records
Also available will be many 33 1/3 rpm vinyl records, some of which might be rare or collectible, compact discs, pre-recorded DVD movies, computer games and software. There will also be an arts and collectibles table with reasonable prices. A snack bar will serve soup, sandwiches, muffins, coffee and tea.
The way to get there is along Route 344, which also leads to apple country and beautiful Oka Provincial Park. The organizers suggest this could be an excellent way for families to stock up on their winter reading supply at bargain prices while having a great outing in the country. Veterans Hall is located at 141 Grand Moulin Rd. in the City of Deux-Montagnes.