BOOKLOVERS are in for a treat as Crown Square and Second Time Around Books are holding a used-book fair with more than 50,000 books up for grabs.
The fair from July 31 to Aug 15 at Crown Square in Kuching offers affordable and good-quality used books shipped in directly from the United States by Second Time Around Books.
Some 40,000 of the books are for children, including baby books, musical books, children’s classics and youth fiction.
The rest are paperbacks and hardcover books for adults ranging from fiction, textbooks and cookbooks to health, business and language titles.
Nearly all the books are priced at RM9.90 or RM7.90 and below.
Part of the proceeds from the fair will go towards supporting rural literacy programmes.
One of them is the Reading Bus programme run by volunteers who take books to rural villages and teach children to read.
Crown Square and Second Time Around Books also invites government schools, especially those in rural areas, to write in if they need English books for their libraries.
They can e-mail their request to email@example.com and will be offered 30 free books of their choice.
In conjunction with the fair, a spelling bee contest for Primary One to Six pupils will be held on Aug 7 to 8.
For every purchase of RM50, customers will receive a RM5 gift voucher redeemable at any restaurant or store in Crown Square.
Purchases above RM10 will qualify for a lucky draw to win one-month subscriptions for a local newspaper in Kuching. The grand prize of an Apple iPhone 4 will be drawn on Aug 16.