Lifeline bookfair finds permanent home at Fyshwick

Dominic Giannini 31 July 2020 45
Lifeline Booklovers Lane at Fyshwick Markets

Lifeline Book Lovers Lane at Fyshwick Markets is the new go-to destination for bibliophiles (and cinephiles). Photo: Michelle Kroll.

While the treasured Lifeline Bookfair will not be going ahead as planned because of COVID-19, there is still some good news for bibliophiles with the opening of a permanent Lifeline Bookshop at the Fyshwick Niche Market.

Book Lovers Lane is filled with books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, comics and more – and it will be refreshed from Lifeline’s Bookfair stock which had over 11,250 boxes of books and other items at the last bookfair at EPIC in February.


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Bargains can be found straight from the get-go, with a sale this weekend (30 July to 2 August) on education resources for pre-school to Year 12 students.

A large number of student workbooks, handbooks and texts will be on offer, as well as both student and teaching resources for science, society and environment, art and craft, drama and music. There are also children’s books in languages other than English.


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All funds will go directly to Lifeline’s crisis support service, 13 11 14.

“It costs $26 to answer a life-saving call in our telephone crisis support centre [and] at Book Lovers Lane, this equates to around a handful of books, so every purchase is valuable,” Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson said.

Lifeline Bookfair

Volunteers Darcy Di-Donna and Chloe Mann, with Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson and treasurer Arran Curll at the Lifeline Bookfair in September 2019. Photo: Michael Weaver.

Book Lovers Lane, located within the Niche Market at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, is open Thursday to Sunday. Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Donations can also be dropped off at Book Lovers Lane between Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Items must be clean and packed into cloth bags or boxes of no more than 10kg.


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45 Responses to Lifeline bookfair finds permanent home at Fyshwick
Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 1:02 pm 02 Aug 20

I visited it on Friday. It's great if you plan a general search, but not great if looking for a particular author. Even if the books were group sorted in just A, B, C, etc it would assist, but they aren't. I found one book I wanted by chance, but searching was too difficult, so left soon after that.

    Philip Armour Philip Armour 5:13 pm 06 Aug 20

    Julie, you could volunteer and do the sorting so that this doesn’t happen, I’m sure you’d be just what Lifeline needs

Sarah MacArthur Sarah MacArthur 12:10 pm 01 Aug 20

Cerryanne you can still get your fix!

Jennifer Blood Jennifer Blood 9:44 am 01 Aug 20

Joel De Courcy Browne this answers my Q from yesterday. We can drop off books there from 10-2pm, Thursday-Sunday. I should have quite a few books to rehome in the next few weeks.

Ray Ez Ray Ez 2:06 am 31 Jul 20

Can’t wait to visit!

Maddy Ashley Maddy Ashley 12:47 am 31 Jul 20

Kathryn Johnson It calls to you. I know you feel it.

    Kathryn Johnson Kathryn Johnson 11:29 am 02 Aug 20

    Maddy Ashley "Permanently".

    This pleases me.

Marcelle Disanayake Marcelle Disanayake 11:51 pm 30 Jul 20

John, let's go check it out when you come to visit!

    John Austen John Austen 9:20 pm 31 Jul 20

    For sure, that looks great. Nice location, they should get a lot of passing trade.

Brendan Mallon Brendan Mallon 10:04 pm 30 Jul 20

Corynne Berry good thing you got a lot if work to pay for all the books!

Jessica McPherson Jessica McPherson 8:13 pm 30 Jul 20

Annie Watson mental note: avoid avoid avoid 😂

Annie Abbott Annie Abbott 8:00 pm 30 Jul 20

Grizzly Mann, Erin Mann thought I recognised someone here

Li Ann Li Ann 7:28 pm 30 Jul 20

Blair, just tagging you for no particular reason 😁

Elise Taylor Elise Taylor 7:07 pm 30 Jul 20

Hazel Taylor; next time you’re in town...I’ll bring the wheelie trolley

Alex Hanisch Alex Hanisch 7:04 pm 30 Jul 20

Does this mean they’ve started accepting donations again?

    Lifeline Canberra Lifeline Canberra 10:10 pm 30 Jul 20

    Alex Hanisch The Lifeline Canberra Warehouse is currently working on restricted operating hours given the current risks associated with COVID-19.

    However Donations can be dropped off at Book Lovers Lane:

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

    Sunday

    Between 10am - 2pm

    Donation check list:

    * Clean resalable books / items

    * Books / items to be packed in boxes no more than 10 kg in weight

    * If you don’t have boxes please place you books / items in cloth bags

    * If the books / items are damage or soiled we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them.

    Thank you to the wonderful Canberra community for your continued support.

Alison Loughton Alison Loughton 6:36 pm 30 Jul 20

Charity - might be of interest to you 🙂

Rosanna De Vito Rosanna De Vito 6:16 pm 30 Jul 20

Remona Anna Maisy Rachell just in case anyone needed more books

Bea Munro Bea Munro 5:51 pm 30 Jul 20

Shh Thomas James don’t tell the kids

    Thomas James Thomas James 6:00 pm 30 Jul 20

    Bea Munro I was borrowing Bill’s trailer and visiting the weekend

Bec Millar Bec Millar 5:24 pm 30 Jul 20

Maree Ashley...tell dad he can go all year round now!

    Maree Ashley Maree Ashley 7:32 pm 30 Jul 20

    Bec Millar another book venue for him to explore!

    🥴🤦‍♀️📚📚📚

Lifeline Canberra Lifeline Canberra 5:16 pm 30 Jul 20

The Lifeline Canberra Warehouse is currently working on restricted operating hours given the current risks associated with COVID-19.

However Donations can be dropped off at Book Lovers Lane:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Between 10am - 2pm

Donation check list:

* Clean resalable books / items

* Books / items to be packed in boxes no more than 10 kg in weight

* If you don’t have boxes please place you books / items in cloth bags

* If the books / items are damage or soiled we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them.

Thank you to the wonderful Canberra community for your continued support.

Kathleen Rummukainen Kathleen Rummukainen 4:38 pm 30 Jul 20

Makayla this helps a little

Leesa Maroske Leesa Maroske 4:15 pm 30 Jul 20

Tim Adams if you haven’t already been tagged...

    Tim Adams Tim Adams 6:19 pm 30 Jul 20

    Leesa Maroske thank you. I had no idea about the book fair 😞

Josh Devenny Josh Devenny 4:09 pm 30 Jul 20

Ada you will be in a book coma 😉😉😉

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