Book fair opening Monday at elementary school

    Photo courtesy Lisa Scott
    Families and students enjoy dinner during Family Night at the spring book fair. Family Night this fall will be Oct. 25 and coincides with the fall book fair being held at Pagosa Springs Elementary School Oct. 16-27 during school hours and parent/teacher conferences.

    By Lisa Scott
    Special to The PREVIEW
    Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the Scholastic Book Fair hosted by Pagosa Springs Elementary School on Oct. 16-27 during school hours in the school library. The event and the theme Wild West Book Fair — Saddle Up and Read! inspires many activities at the school, as this is an exciting time for students during school hours and an enjoyable way to increase interest in reading for pleasure.
    An event highlight is Family Night hosted by the Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) that will be Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. A delicious and nutritious homemade dinner will be served in the cafeteria. This fun evening will include lots of activities including entertainment and activities. All families are invited to the school for an evening full of western fun, to shop the Book Fair and, of course, to enjoy activities with other families.
    Parent/teacher conferences are Oct. 16, 17 and 18 and the Book Fair will be open during these hours, which is another occasion for busy families to visit the Fair together. Students visit the Book Fair with their class to preview the books for sale, especially the new releases. There are a wide variety of books and price ranges available and there is always a huge supply of bargain items as low as $1.99.
    The hallway and entrance to the library have been decorated with the western motif.
    Students also view the “Author DVD,” supplied by Scholastic, which features authors discussing the books they wrote with kids in mind. Individuals attending the event can also help build individual classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List Program that is highlighted within the Book Fair.
    The elementary school has been hosting book fairs since 1982. Proceeds from the book fairs are used for educational improvements that are beyond the basic school budget. The current goal is to add alternative student seating and other improvements to classrooms.
    There are products for all age ranges and many excellent gift ideas. Inventory includes newly released titles, award-winning titles, annual favorites, children’s classics, beautiful hardback books, and books and products from more than 150 publishers.
    The community is invited to attend the book fair as a shopper or volunteer during book fair hours as the event is hosted in the school library and staffed by volunteers.
    For more information, contact Lisa Scott at 264-2730 or