Christmas book sale supports St. Mary’s Church charities

More than 2,500 books on sale at huge quarterly sale

Looking for a new – or new-to-you – book to savour during those quiet holiday moments? Maybe the perfect Christmas gift for the art lover or mystery fan on your holiday list?

Visit the Giant Christmas Book Event Saturday, Dec. 19 at Oak Bay’s St. Mary’s Church.

One of four quarterly sales from the Church Mouse pre-owned bookshop, which is open each Saturday at St. Mary’s through the year, the Christmas Book Event will have all corners of the church filled with books, from the tables to the pews, says Warren Steck.

Books “run the whole gamut and every kind of subject. We’ve got lots of children’s books and lots of novels, both hard covers as well as soft covers, and everything is in really good shape,” he says.

Donations come throughout the year from people in Oak Bay and around Greater Victoria, but not everything can be put out during the weekly sales.

The quarterly sales let them put much more  on display, including a number of books that are essentially like new, Steck says.

Books are sold by donation and proceeds support local charities, such as Victoria Transition House, Abbeyfield Housing and Our Place. For the Christmas sale, proceeds will go to the food bank at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Quadra Street, a new addition to St. Mary’s charity roster, Steck says. “We try to choose places where the donation can make a real difference.”

The Giant Christmas Book Event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1701 Elgin Rd. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available.