8 pm, Sydney - As the sun goes down on Sydney the first Pop Up Book Fair disappears ...

By Sally Burdon

As the sun goes down on Sydney, 14 happy ILAB affifiates are enjoying the last hour of the Pop Up Book Fair at the State Library of NSW. Over $1000 of spines have filled two Empty Bookcase Posters and booksellers report some high value sales.

The day began with a special whirlwind preview for 20 Sydney librarians invited for a special preview.  The 14 dealers present were given 2 minutes to speak to the group. We wanted to connect with librarians of all levels of experience on World Book and Copyright Day of all days! The world of ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs was officially opened by Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Professor Dame Marie Bashir with the public present at 12 noon.

Retired ANZAAB member Susan Tompkins has worked successfully throughout the afternoon in the library halls, handing out colourful invitation cards to students and passers by inviting them to see the Pop Up, handle the books, chat to the booksellers and, of course, buy a symbolic spine for South Sudan.

The State Library of New South Wales held a special display of Shakespeare's First Folios in their collection giving the public a chance to have a real "up close and personal" moment with these beautiful volumes.

What a day! A few quiet spells over the 7 hours, far fewer than expected, but given that it is Thursday, a couple of days before the 100th Anniversary of the landing of the ANZAACs at Gallipoli and following huge storms - we have been delighted with the attendance, interest and support for antiquarian books and for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan.

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