Bookarama for Kids a Big Hit
23 July, 2023 by
Rob Mouncey

A young man counting out his pocket money to buy his selection of books watched on by his grandmother and Rotarian Colin Monk. In the background taking a photo for her file is the Frith Jenkins the initiator of the Bookarama for Kids sale event.

Large numbers of parents, grandparents and children visited the Bookarama for Kids sale in the Howick War Memorial Centre held between Tuesday and Thursday last week. They went away with lots of books, puzzles, games and even cuddly toys. The event is a spin off from Howick Rotary’s Bookarama sale that is held each year at Somerville Intermediate in the October school holidays.

The idea for the event came from Howick Village Optometrist Owner Frith Jenkins who then approached Rotary to set up the sale from items collected from the Howick community. Frith said “I enjoy the big Bookarama sale and thought that having a special one aimed at kids during the winter school holidays would encourage their reading development as well as putting the Information Centre to good use. Our wonderful Howick community responded superbly again and there are now lots of local kids who have some new books to read and games to play”.  

Geoff Thompson Rotary’s Bookarama organizer said “the club loved getting behind Frith’s idea and working with the Howick Village Association to make it a success. It was good to see the children poring over the large selection of books, puzzles, games and toys and making their own selections. Altogether, a great way to extend Bookarama which has become part of the community annual event calendar”.