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Book it! Fair promotes Harris Middle School library

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Harris Middle School teacher Samantha Boggs browses books for sale at the library's book fair, which runs until next Monday.
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Harris Middle School's librarian is inviting parents over to buy some books for their children during this week's book fair -- and to support the library in the process.

The school is holding its first book fair in the new building, and the first since 2003 at the old school, said Librarian Alyssa Littrell. Parents' Day is today from 3-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, said Sara Davis, EIS/attendance clerk.

The fair, sponsored by Scholastic, runs through next Monday, Littrell said, and since this is the first book fair in a decade, she has not set a sales goal.

First goal: Excitement

"My goal is to get the kids excited about reading," Littrell said, "to get people excited about the library and books."

Scholastic provides a turn-key book fair, she said. The books were shipped to Harris inside mobile shelves that unfolded and were ready to sell, she said. Credit cards may be used thanks to a Scholastic card machine that is operated via wi-fi.

The library benefits from each book that's sold, Littrell said. In addition to shopping for their children, parents are also invited to buy gift certificates for teachers or books from teachers' wish lists, she said.

Just a start

Littrell said she plans to build upon this book fair once students and parents get used to the concept.

The first-year librarian, said her favorite books for sale are "Divergent," "The Host" and the "Beautiful Creatures" series.

"Hopefully, it will get bigger next time," she said. "That's our goal."

On the web

To buy books online: Go to http://scholastic.com/fair and search for Harris Middle School either through ZIP code 37160, with a 10 mile radius, or click on Tennessee, then on Shelbyville. Selecting the school means Harris' library will benefit from your purchase.