In a very plugged-in era, there are still reminders of the importance of books. An upcoming event at the Shelburne Community School celebrates independent reading and the love of books.
The Scholastic Book Fair has been held for around fifteen years, and it supports students’ love of reading. It will be held from Feb. 7 to 10, with a special preview for teachers and teams on Feb. 6.
SCS librarian Kari Ahern said that she works with the school’s Scholastic representative to coordinate what books the company will send. Then, at the fair, she helps to match students with the perfect book.
The book fair is a team effort. Library Assistant Fran Brennan keeps track of the school’s restock needs and trains volunteers on the cash registers. Volunteers Katie Natalie and Valerie Richardson work to coordinate the volunteers who help with the setup, promotion, checkout, and other jobs associated with making the fair a success each year.
Funds raised at the fair support the school’s library media program. The event also offers families a chance to help the school build up classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program.
In addition to having a scheduled time during the school day to visit the book fair with their class, students also have the chance on Tuesday and Thursday to share the event with their families. On those evenings, the fair is open to the community from 3pm to 8pm.
“Families and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers,” Ahern said. She noted that the fair offers a range of books from easy readers to adult bestsellers. The benefit of the event, she said, is “bringing the community together to celebrate reading.”
“Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination,” Ahern said. “It’s great to see the kids get so excited about books.”