Phil Byrne and Bob Spencer of Y Services Club, at the Tom Tweed Stadium where the Easter weekend booksale will take place 16/04/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy


Here’s a tip for the popular YMCA Service Club Book Fair. The doors traditionally open at 9am on Good Friday but those in the know start lining up at 8am.

It may not be the AFL ticket sales, but take a thermos and a tartan rug.

The four-day fair, which runs from Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm, and Monday 9am to 1pm, is held in the YMCA Stadium in Mundy Street.

The Easter Book Fair is the major fund raiser of the Y Service Club of Bendigo.

The Y doesn’t keep any money for itself but donates thousands of dollars each year to a variety of charities and organisations. These organisations include the CFA, hospitals, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Food Share Bendigo.

Thousands of books are given to the Y during the year and carefully sorted by the volunteers whose average age, as a matter of interest, is 82 years.

All children’s books are priced at 50 cents; paperbacks are $2; large fiction books are $3; non–fiction books are $2 and magazines are 20 cents.

For future reference, during the year there is always a bin at the front of the Y building where people can donate their books.

The books are collected and sorted every Monday and Thursday by those hale and hearty 80-year-olds.