DTMag Fall 2018

How Tillsonburg’s love of reading is changing the world BUY THE BOOK

I t’s late afternoon and a crisp autumn wind is swirling behind the Tillsonburg Town Centre mall. On the sidewalk, a half a dozen high school students are milling around expectantly. With a low rumble, a U-Haul truck pulls up to the curb. The student volunteers leap into action, pulling oddly-shaped boxes from the back of the truck and ferrying them into the mall’s centre court. For book lovers, the sight is as welcome as the arrival of Santa’s overstuffed sleigh at Christmas. “We’ve been doing the Rotary Used Book Sale for about 30 years now,” says Tillsonburg Rotary Club member Ken Patterson. “Although we don’t officially open until tomorrow morning, as soon as we open the boxes, people start buying.” Sure enough, a crowd of curious shoppers is already perusing the first few tables. “We have about 500 boxes


Retired elementary school teacher Susan Barker-James volunteers every Wednesday at Fernlea IVIX Books. Sales at the shop help support two schools in Fort Liberte, Haiti.


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