A twice-annual book sale that’s become indispensable to local readers is preparing to make a return in just over one month’s time after having to cancel its most recent event during the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rotary Club of Brandon has announced plans for what’s advertised as its Fall Healthy Book Sale over three days in September. In order to offer the event in as safe as possible of a manner during the present pandemic environment, several changes will be in place including dividing the selection of over 75,000 books into two separate spaces at the Victoria Inn in order to best accommodate social distancing (Imperial Ballroom and the Grand Salon).
Everyone attending must wear a mask and bring their own bags with hand sanitizer and wipes to be provided at both locations. A poster advertising the event states that access will be limited to community COVID-19 guidelines, with current provincial rules as of the time of this posting permitting indoor public gatherings at a maximum of 50 people at one time.
Those with COVID-19 symptoms at the time of the sale are asked to stay home. In making use of both Victoria Inn spaces, the event nearly doubles its space to 14,400 square feet across the two rooms in comparison to the typical 8,000 square feet.
Books up for sale have come via community donation via Rotary’s yellow bins scattered throughout the city. All proceeds from purchases help fund Rotary’s projects in the region.
This will mark the first Rotary sale in just over a year, with early April’s sale having been postponed.
The event will take place on Thursday, September 10 from 9am-8pm, September 11 from 9am-6pm and September 12 from 9am-2pm.