Note Dates Have Changed to October 29th and 30th.

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PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: THE OCTOBER 2022 book sale is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th. The change was made due to the need for tables for the local elections.

George Bonner School
3060 Cobble Hill Road, Mill Bay, B.C.
20,000+ quality used children and adult books will be available. We will continue to have 5,000 children’s books, all for 50 cents!
Directions: Turn west off the TC highway by the light at Petro-Can (just north of Mill Bay) and the school is moments away on your left. Watch for the signs.

PRICES FOR 2022 will be changing slightly after 13 years as follows.

Children’s books 50 cents; pocket books $2; soft covers and hard covers $3. Sets of books and other special books will be available for $5. There will also be a special auction of more valuable books again this year. Minimum bids will be $20.


There will continue to be limited storage space for at least the following year, so we ask that anyone wishing to donate books please give us a call at 250-743-4627 before dropping off books.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept large numbers of books or leftover books from other sales.

As usual, we accept donations that are newer, clean and in good condition. We do not accept encyclopedia sets, magazines, National Geographics, Readers’ Digest condensed books or books marked “Discard”.

We take children’s books, pocket books, soft covers and hard covers, although we no longer take hard cover fiction books unless they are dated 2015 and newer. This is partly because there is now a ‘by weight’ charge for recycling hard cover books.

If you feel you have something special to donate, even if it does not fit the criteria of what we accept, please let us know. Thanks!

Continued good wishes to you all for a happy and healthy year ahead!

Best regards,

Jackie and Jim Barker

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 16th 9am to 3 pm and Sunday October 17th 9am to 2 pm. The sale will be held at Bonner School, 3060 Cobble Hill Road, Mill Bay.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to storage limitations, we are no longer accepting book donations until December 1, 2021. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and continuing support!


PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO THE BOOK SALE for everyone born in 2009 or earlier (12+) as required by order of the Medical Health Office. Government issued identification must be shown as well, with the exception of youth ages 12 to 18.

Everyone born in 2016 or earlier (5+), with specific exceptions, will be required to wear masks at the sale. Face shields are not deemed to be masks. People will be encouraged to pay attention to distancing. Sale tables will be spread out more, with checkout lines and tables being in the hallways and foyer outside of the book sale room. No food or beverages will be available. Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance to the school and throughout the sale area. As usual, the number of people in the sale room will be monitored as they enter and leave. Please check this site periodically for updates.

We are happy to report that the Garden House Foundation Fund balance was $183,619 as of August 31, 2021! Cowichan Family Life, Cowichan Women Against Violence and the Duncan and District S.P.C.A. received their annual grants before the end of 2020 even though there was no sale last October.

Thank you again to everyone who has ever purchased a book, volunteered their help, supported through sponsoring, or donated books, for making this happen. A special thank you to Tenold Books and the Duncan Missions Thrift store for donating books, as well as School District 79 for its support in providing book storage, sale space and tables. Bonner School students and staff, as well as students and staff from Brentwood College have since 2013 been setting-up and dismantling the sale, for which we are so grateful!!

We are looking forward to seeing you again in October during the excitement of the sale. In the meantime, we wish you the very best of health!

Kind regards,

Jackie and Jim Barker

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Thank you to all who supported the sale!

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Score some great reads for your fall and winter reading!

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Looking back…

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Spring 2016 garden views

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So quickly the garden bursts into flower announcing spring’s arrival. The flowering cherry is hauntingly beautiful at night when illuminated from below. The garden gate and old cow bell watch as the garden transforms from season to season.

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Introducing the Garden House Gnome

The Garden House gnome was entered in the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society’s Good Old Daze event in July 2015 and received an Honorable Mention award. At the October book sale at Bonner School, he sat cheekily watching everyone as they entered the sale.gnome 001

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From garden to table

Beautiful in the garden and then yummy on a plate!

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Spring turns into summer and the garden comes alive

First comes the sunshine, flowers and heavenly scents. Soon the fruit trees and vegetable garden plants offer up their precious gifts.

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