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Book sale raises $6,420 for Lochiel Centre

The Lochiel Centre’s annual spring book sale was a huge success, selling more than 8,000 books over the final three weekends of March and raising a total of $6,420.

“I think we got a lot of people because there were no other events, so we didn’t have to compete for attention,” said Henriette Keusch, President of the Lochiel Centre, adding that many of the buyers were restocking their libraries with books they had not yet read. “A lot of them had run out of books and they were gathering more for their summer reading.”

“People were leaving with full bags of books and they were very pleased with their purchases.”

Keusch said an estimated 400 people attended the sale, which observed all social distancing protocols. There was never a large crowd at any point, just a steady stream of visitors over the three weekends.

The funds raised from the sale will go towards ongoing renovations and maintenance to the community centre, housed in the former Saint-Alexandre Church. Projects for 2021 include painting and maintenance work on the structure’s bell tower.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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