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Lifeline Northern Beaches Book Fairs

Book Fairs are fun!

Lifeline Northern Beaches (LLNB) holds several Book Fairs every year and the revenue from sales assists greatly in allowing LLNB to undertake its valuable work. The Book Fairs are renowned as sources of near new Books, DVDs, CDs, Puzzles and Games, all very reasonably priced. All of these have been carefully selected and categorised by Lifeline’s experienced Book Room volunteers to ensure only the most recent and pertinent selections are offered to the public. Books are split into over 30 categories, the most popular of which include Crime, Cooking and Wine, Children’s, Gardening, Chick Lit, Romance, Visual Arts – but there are dozens of others! There is a Collectibles section for those particularly unusual and sought after selections. Dealers are welcome and are dealt with in a separate area devoted to their needs.

To learn of future Book Fairs, why not join the LLNB Book Lovers email list? bookfairs@lifelinenb.org.au

Quality is the difference

Quality is the hallmark of our book fairs. We hand-sort the books on offer, ensuring that all are in good condition. Thanks to the generosity of our donators, many of the books are in new and mint condition, or as-new.

Entry to the Lifeline Northern Beaches Book Fairs is by gold coin donation. You can pay for your purchases with cash, eftpos or credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

Books Fair Collage

What’s for sale?

  • Fiction: including Science Fiction and Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Romance, Australian Fiction and General Fiction by current authors
  • Non-fiction: including Biography, Fashion/Beauty, Gardening, Health, Hobbies, Sport and Travel
  • Australiana: including books on the History of Australia, its Politics and Government, its Geography and People
  • Collectables: we always have something unique, interesting and hard-to-find elsewhere!
  • Children's books: including  Picture Books, Pop up books, Chapter Books, Non Fiction , Activity Books, Children’s Classics, Enid Blyton, Little Golden Books, Disney and Ladybirds
  • Cooking: including General Cookbooks, International Cooking, Celebrity Chefs, Special Diets and Drinks
  • The Arts: including Crafts, Music, the Performing Arts, Plays & Drama, Poetry and Visual Arts.....and more
  • CDs& DVDs

Prices

The majority of books in the fair are in excellent condition and priced between $3 and $6. On our bargain tables you’ll find hundreds of books around $1 and $2, and at the other end of the spectrum, for mint condition trade paperbacks from well-known authors you can expect to pay $6-8, more for art books and other high quality illustrated books.

Buying from our Book Fairs helps save lives

As with our shops, our fairs rely totally on donations from the public and our partner organisations, and are staffed entirely by volunteers. In fact it takes more than 150 volunteers to put on the average 2 ½-day book fair.

All proceeds from our fairs help to fund the Lifeline 24-hour 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line, the training of our Telephone Crisis Supporters, and the various support groups, counselling and other services that Lifeline Northern Beaches provides to the local community.

How many books make a Book Fair?

In an average 12-month period we: 

  • sort 200,000 books
  • pack and transport 120,000 books 
  • raise funds of more than $120,000

Overheard from customers at a recent Book Fair:

“This is just amazing … so many books in the one place and so well set out. It is easy to find what I want”.

“The quality is exceptional… I don’t want to stop shopping”

“I have just found the book I have been looking for all year! Thank you Lifeline Northern Beaches.”


Book Fair Venues

Come along and support Lifeline Northern Beaches at our book fairs in 2017.

We currently offer book fairs at the following locations:

Warriewood - February and August

Ted Blackwood Hall 
Corner of Boondah Road and Jacksons Road, Warriewood

There are designated free parking spaces on Boondah Road, adjacent to Boondah Reserve and additional free parking at Warriewood Shopping Centre

St Augustine's - May and November

St Augustine's College Sydney
Federal Parade,  Brookvale

 

There is ample on-street parking available in the area

 

**For a complete list of book fair dates at each venue in 2017, click here.

 

Carry Bags

Recycling helps us all. Please bring your own carry-bags with you if you can. We do carry a limited supply of carry-bags at the Fair, if needed

 

Donations

Book Donations are always welcome, but we can not accept book donations at Book Fair's.

Our Book Fairs are dependent upon the donations of Books from the kind people of the Northern Beaches. Just as the customers of our Book Fairs demand recent releases books in excellent condition, we are particularly interested in receiving donations of good new and near-new books of recent vintage, as well as CDs, LPs, DVDs, Puzzles, and Games.

Regrettably, we cannot accept just anything in the way of books. Books that are dirty, or yellowing, or mildewy, torn, water-damaged or ex-library are not saleable. We cannot accept magazines, Readers’ Digest Condensed, Law/IT/Technical Books older than 3 years and Text books, unless recent and in mint condition. The sad truth is, in spite our of donors’ best intentions, up to 50% of the material we receive is not of a saleable standard and has to be disposed of at some cost to LLNB. So please consider whether the books you have are ones that you would want to buy at our Book Fairs, and then you will know what kind of material we are seeking.

For more information on donating please click here.

If possible, please deliver your books donation either to one of our shops during business hours, (click here for opening times), or if you have more than two boxes of books, to our distribution centre:

267 Harbord Rd, Brookvale 2100
5th driveway past Officeworks – look for the big Lifeline sign at the front
See a map

Opening Hours Weekdays, 9am - 3pm

Become a Book Fair Volunteer

If you love books, helping at Lifeline Northern Beaches’ book fairs - or at our book sorting and storage facility at 267 Harbord Road, Brookvale - could be a great volunteering opportunity for you.

If you are interested, please use the links below to find out more or to register your interest with us.

It takes over 150 volunteers to ensure that each of our Bookfairs runs smoothly and successfully.  More helping hands are always appreciated!

Jobs include:

  • Sorting, pricing and categorising incoming stock
  • Assembling and boxing outgoing stock
  • Setting up tables
  • Moving boxes of books and other sale items
  • Maintaining replenishment of display tables
  • Staffing our customer service desks and payment area
  • And packing up at the end of the fair

 

Support from local businesses is always appreciated!

We are always happy to hear from any local businesses who can offer Community Leave to staff so that they can assist with the setting-up or dismantling of our book fairs.

Volunteer Application Form

More information on volunteering