Beating last year's record-making event, the Lifeline Bookfest, held from January 18-27, raised an incredible $1.18m! That's an $80,000 increase on last year's event.
The event would not be a success without the 600 incredible volunteers - many who come year, on year, day after day - to help set up, stack, pack, price, man the check outs, run the information stall, clean and restock the books, and help pack down. We also had many long-term loyal shoppers and first-time book lovers attend the event this year. Their support really keeps the event alive and, in turn, ensures the sustainability of our Lifeline Crisis Support Line and other Lifeline services right here in Queensland.
The event would not have been possible without all the generous members in our wonderful Brisbane community who donated their books to Lifeline for this event. So whether you shopped, donated or volunteered - a huge thank you to you all!
The next Lifeline Bookfest will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from June 7-10, 2014.
The Bookfest is proudly supported by ABC 612.
How to get there
The Lifeline Bookfest is held in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street, South Brisbane.
For a fee, parking is available beneath the Convention Centre or alternatively you can catch a QR Citytrain to South Brisbane Station or catch a bus to the Cultural Centre Bus Stop.
Call Translink on 13 12 30 or visit www.translink.com.au for more information on public transport to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Lifeline Bookfest is divided into three sections but we have new section names to make it easier for everyone. Instead of the sections being High Quality, Priced and Unpriced, they are now called High Quality - Prices as Marked, $1 Section and $2.50 Section.
High Quality - Prices as Marked contains near new and quality stock, as well as rare and collectable books. All books are priced inside the cover.
The $2.50 Section contains a fantastic range of books of medium quality. There are no books in this section over $2.50.
The $1 Section contains more of the 'well-thumbed' books and is where some of the best bargains can be found! . These books are also priced inside the cover and some children's books are 2 for $1.
Within each section, books are divided into over 20 categories:
Children's; Australiana; History; Reference; Humour and Oddities; Biography; Literature and Classics; Textbooks; Travel; Health; Science Fiction; Hardback Fiction; Art and Music; Paperback Fiction; Cooking; Computers; Religion; Foreign Language; Vehicles and War Craft; Hobbies; Sport; Gardening; Animals; Penguins and Pelicans; Economics; Sociology; Philosophy; and Science.
In addition to books, each section carries a range of magazines, stationery, videos, CDs, cassettes and records.
Please Note: Your books must be paid for and bags sealed before moving onto other sections. This is required as a security measure. The plastic bags used are biodegradable and recycle bins will be available if you would like to transfer your purchase into a green bag on your way out. Green bags will be available for purchase.
Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is supported by ABC 612