The Bishopdale Burnside Rotary Club is proud to present Bookarama, our major fundraising project that has been held annually for over 18 years.

This incredible event, which usually takes place from March to April (occasionally extending to May), is a true testament to the generous donations of the Christchurch Community.

Our dedicated members, partners, and friends of Rotary come together to collect, sort, and pack an impressive collection of books, jigsaws, CDs, vinyl records, and DVDs for the sale event. The sale itself spans over 3 or 4 days, bringing together book lovers from all over the region. In the weeks leading up to Bookarama, we distribute over 40,000 fliers and road signs to spread the word about the sale and encourage further donations. The days leading up to the event are a whirlwind of activity, as we work tirelessly to set up the venue with tables and arrange the books and other items in time for the grand opening.

The opening day is always a bustling affair, with eager book enthusiasts lining up before the doors even unlock. We deeply appreciate the patience of those who have waited in the past. Throughout the event, we constantly restock the tables overnight or early in the morning to ensure a fresh selection for each day of the sale.

Once the sale concludes, we face the arduous task of packing away unsold items, dismantling the tables, and returning the venue to its original state. Occasionally, we may have to close the sale at the advertised time to fulfill our venue commitments. But rest assured, this marks the beginning of planning for the following years event. 

Join us at Bookarama and be part of the Bishopdale Burnside Rotary’s ongoing success!

BOOKarama 2024


Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside’s BOOKarama 2024has completed


Bookarama Success continues for Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary Club

By Lucy Scannell

For the Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary club, their 13th annual Bookarama proved yet again to be a huge success. But, the club aren’t the ones who benefit from the money raised.

From the CTV Series showcasing Rotary in Canterbury – this segment highlights Bookarama which at the time was lead by former member Roger Holmes.