Paws for Books beginning Feb. 26

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    Photo courtesy Lisa Scott
    Paws for Books — Come, Stay, Read a Great Tale! is the theme for the Book Fair running Feb. 26 through March 9 during school hours in the Pagosa Springs Elementary School library. Students from Kain Lucero’s second-grade class stand with smiles and pet-themed books, excited for the Book Fair to begin. From left to right are Ryan Rich, Bella Jackson, Lamarian Bahe and Amari Jackson.

    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 Feb. 26 through March 9 during school hours in the school library.
    The event and the theme Paws for Books Book Fair — Come, Stay, Read a Great Tale! inspire many activities at the school. The Book Fair is an exciting time for students during school hours and an enjoyable way to increase interest in reading for pleasure.
    The hallway and entrance to the library have been decorated with a pet motif.
    Family Night, hosted by the Partners In Education Committee, will be March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. To coincide with the theme, a delicious dinner will include a hot dog bar with Chicago-style condiments, including veggie and turkey dogs, and several side dishes. This fun evening will include lots of activities and entertainment. All families are invited to the school to participate in an evening full of pet fun, to shop the Book Fair and, of course, to enjoy activities with other families.
    Parent/teacher conferences are Feb. 26, 27 and 28, 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.
    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 in 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 questions, contact Lisa Scott at 264-2730 or sranch@centurytel.net.