WATCH: The 19th annual Times Colonist book sale begins Saturday with nearly 400 thousand donated books.
It will be a packed house at the Victoria curling club this weekend, but it’s books and not bonspiels that will be drawing big crowds.
Some 10 thousand book lovers are expected for the 19th annual Times Colonist book sale.
Doors open at 9 am Saturday morning, but enthusiasts are expected to start lining up at 3 am for a chance to get the first pick of the nearly 400 thousand donated books.
Hundreds of volunteers have spent the last two weeks organizing books into categories, covering everything from travel to humor.
“We hand out to people in the line up maps so they know where to go once they get inside,” said Dave Obee, Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist.
“They can run to their area and start going through it very very quickly. It’s amazing to see people come in and to see just how quickly people are grabbing books and real finds that they’ve been looking for, for quite some time.”
All the money from the sale goes towards literacy programs and school libraries in Victoria.
The sale has raised 2.5 million dollars so far in its 19 years.