Annual book fair a success

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Photo: Debra Christiansen-Stowe

St. Vincent’s Cubs take a break from serving sandwiches, coffee and cookies at Saturday’s QCWC Bookfair to pose with Mayor Régis LaBeaume.

By Debra Christiansen-Stowe
The lineup for the Québec City Women's Club's (QCWC) annual Bookfair took more than five minutes to file into the gym at the Eastern Québec Leaning Centre (EQLC) on Saturday morning and the crowds didn't let up until closing time.

What a day it was! This one-stop-activity permitted patrons to replenish their bookshelves, catch up with friends, sample the sweet offerings at the St. Vincent's Cubs' Casse Croute and check out the upcoming events in the English-speaking community at the VEQ table.
After a busy week of sorting and setting up for the Bookfair, the members of the QCWC were very pleased with the end result. The profits from the sale will permit the club to fund bursaries to worthy students from the Québec City area.

The bursary applications will be available on the Citadel Foundation's website ( in early 2010. We were happy to have both Lise-Ann Masson, and Jessica Marcoux, the 2009 mature and young women's bursary recipients, respectively, helping us to sort books this year. At least two of the other award winners were also spotted in the crowd at the sale.

QCWC Bookfair volunteers Isabel Sullivan Barry, Lorna Gaillis, Sheila Twardawa, Debbie Stowe, Pat Burns and Brenda Edwards pose with mayor Régis LaBeaume and LaBeaume team member Francine Lortie.

The QCWC would like to thank the many people who helped to make this year's sale such a success. An event such as Bookfair can not be held without community support. Bruce Willet and the staff and students at the EQLC move and store the hundreds of boxes and bags of books that are dropped off at the school throughout the year. It is amazing how the ten or fifteen boxes of seed books that we save after each sale multiplies to fill the EQLC gymnasium the following October.

We are grateful to all of the people who generously donate books each year. Unfortunately, many books were left at the end of the sale and must be disposed of. For the second year in a row we were unable to find an organization in the community who wanted the books, so this year we contracted a company to transport the books to a recycling depot.

Given that our storage space is limited and that disposing of books uses money that could otherwise be used for bursaries, we will no longer accept donations of textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines.