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Book Fair History

With the idea of raising money to provide scholarships for Moncton area female students by selling used books, the University Women's Club of Moncton held their first book fair in a small store on Main Street in 1963. Thanks to the generous support of the public, the scholarship program expanded from one award of $100 in 1963 to the annual $1200 scholarships in each of the six area high schools. In addition there are two $1000 scholarships for mature students doing full-time studies and one at $500 for a student doing part-time studies.

In 2003, the Book Fair became a joint project with the Moncton Professional Firefighters who had been helping with the collecting of books over the last few years. The firefighters donated their share of the proceeds to the Burn unit at the Moncton Hospital and the summer camp for burn-injured kids from Atlantic Canada. In 2007, CFUW Moncton began a new partnership with Greater Moncton BPW who also raised money for local scholarships for education at university level.

From 2010-2013 we had the generous support of Atlantic Commercial Properties who provided a perfect location for sorting all the donations.

Area residents were asked to support these worthy causes by donating books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles. This material was welcomed in any language. Unfortunately there was little demand for magazines, Readers Digest Condensed books, old textbooks and encyclopedias, so these items were not encouraged. Copyright laws prohibit sale of self-reproduced CDs and videos.

2013 was the last of our huge Book Fair extravaganzas. We could not have done such a great job without the cooperation and generosity of the area fire stations where Book Fair donations were dropped off. And of course the people of Greater Moncton have been our best supporters – as donors and buyers. Thank you.

The Book Fair has been a paradise for book lovers -- thousands of books which they could purchase at very reasonable prices. For recyclers it was an opportunity to give a second life to books, CDs, DVDs, games, etc. they no longer have room to store.

After 51 annual Book Fairs that grew ever larger year after year, our members needed to take break and refresh. So there was no Book sale in 2014 and our partnerships with BPW and the Greater Moncton fire stations was at an end.

In 2015 we put a new face on our Book Sale - BOOKWORM BONANZA - with a new location and a new flavour. We down-sized to simply softcovered books – much lighter and easier to handle - with the donations received, sorted and sold all at the same spot – the Dan Bohan Family Centre in Riverview.


CFUW: The Power of Women Working Together