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Variety Monster hungry for books

FOR the month of May, the Variety Book Monster will be at Shiploads stores across the state, hungry for quality, pre-loved books, DVDs, puzzles and board games.

Running until 31 May, Monster May gives members of the community the opportunity to donate items to the Monster to see at the annual Variety Monster Book Fair that will be held on 16 and 17 August at Princes Wharf I.

“After running the book fair for five years, we decided to take a break in 2018 to revaluate the way we engage with our community and asked the question of what we really want to achieve through this great event,” Variety Tasmania chief executive officer Mohammad Aldergham said.

Mr Aldergham said the event was being relaunched in a new format that would highlight the fair aspect.

“We’ll have a kid’s corner with bean bags and grass, we’re engaging with different suppliers and we’re trying to make it a much more engaging and family affair,” he said.

The funds raised from the book fair will help Variety continue its work supporting Tasmanian children.

“We are raising much-needed funds for Tasmanian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs through our grants program, and we are also promoting inclusion and literacy,” Mr Aldergham said.

“People accumulate books throughout their lifetime and they get to the point where they don’t know what to do with them, so the idea of recycling your books and passing them onto other people is of importance to us.

“Every book donated to us means we are able to sustain and support more Tasmanian children who otherwise don’t have the opportunity.”

Mr Aldergham encouraged people to support the event and drop off their pre-loved books, DVDs, puzzles and board games at any of the 13 Shiploads stores around the state or at the Variety Tasmania office in Cambridge throughout Monster May.

Caption: Variety Tasmania chief executive officer Mohammad Aldergham, left, with the Variety Book Monster and Shiploads assistant captain Hayley [last name withheld for privacy] encourage people to donate their quality, pre-loved books, DVDs, puzzles and board games.