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Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

An online purchasing option is just one new aspect of this year’s Book Fair at Holyoke Elementary School.

Library aide Kandice Kramer is excited about the March 14-18 in-school fair, as well as the March 11-21 online book fair.

Parents can send order forms and money with their children March 14-18, and the youth will have the opportunity to shop during the day, especially between 7:45-8:15 a.m.

The online book fair can be accessed through the book fair homepage at

Through the homepage, people can volunteer to decorate, set up, help kids select books, provide refreshments or pack up. Volunteers are still needed, said Kramer.

Also on the homepage, citizens can see a sample of titles that will be at the book fair. Additionally, student wish lists can be created, dates and times can be checked and shopping can be completed.

The Book Fair Online will offer an expanded book selection and will be open expanded dates. Books ordered online will be delivered to the elementary school free of shipping charges, to be picked up or sent home with the students.

Specific events planned during the in-school book fair next week follow:

—Tuesday, March 15, shop while at parent-teacher conferences, 4-8 p.m.

—Thursday, March 17, shop while at parent-teacher conferences, 4-8 p.m.

—Friday, March 18, Grand Event for grandparents and other significant family/friends, 3-6 p.m.

—Monday, March 21, a book fair table will be set up at the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Community Night.

The book fair is open to the community, emphasized Kramer. She pointed out one doesn’t have to have a student enrolled in school to attend.


“One for Books” campaign launched

Scholastic Books offers an exciting opportunity for community support with its “One for Books” program, said Kramer. When money is donated for new books for the library during the book fair, Scholastic will add it onto the total of the school’s book sales. This will increase the percentage the school gets back for more books.

In addition, Scholastic will donate one book for each dollar raised to one of three national nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., the Kids in Need Foundation and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

People can also bring in loose change or donate change from book purchases to “One for Books.”

Money collected in the yellow change boxes at Holyoke Marketplace and at the book fair will be used to purchase new books in the library through the “One for Books” campaign.

Through Kramer’s encouragement, 12 local businesses have adopted a class or grade to match Accelerated Reader (AR) points with dollars for new books in the library through “One for Books.”

This accumulation of AR points good for book dollars is covering a two-week period which started Feb. 28 and goes through March 11.

Some of the classes have really taken off with this, said Kramer. It’s her hope this will give a little bit of extra encouragement for those who have not met their AR goal for the third quarter. If they have already met the goal, it will serve as encouragement to go above and beyond to help give back to the school.

“It’s my personal goal to have every class K-6 sponsored by a business who will match the AR points the class or grade earns,” said Kramer.


Book Fair encourages reading

Purpose of the book fair is to encourage children to read. Strong reading skills are essential to a child’s success in school and life. “Our book fair encourages this success by offering students access to great books at affordable prices,” said Kramer.

Noting children are more likely to read books they personally choose, Kramer cited the significance of the wide variety of choices offered at the local book fair.

After starting work at the school last October and doing inventory over Christmas break, Kramer said she was overwhelmed by how many books need replaced in the library.

She said she had to discard more than 100 books that were too badly damaged. She repaired more than 250, which are now on her wish list to replace.

“But I don’t only want to replace books,” said Kramer. “I would like to buy the books the kids are looking for the most.” She wants books that are appropriate in interest and reading level for all reading abilities.

Kramer would like to purchase more audio books, especially in the higher reading levels. And she would like to add more Spanish language books.

“Most importantly, I want to purchase books that are bound appropriately for libraries so they are available to children for years to come,” added Kramer.

With the support of the whole community, Kramer hopes to make this year’s book fair the best the school has ever seen.