The book fair is a popular fundraiser for the library media center. Here are some book fair ideas to make your next one a smooth one.
Are you a school library media specialist? Are you carrying a flyer on a clipboard, extra change in your pocket, and caffeine in your oversized mug? Are you wearing comfortable shoes, like seriously, the most comfortable ones you own?
Do you have a week’s worth of slow cooker meals in your freezer?
If you answered yes to all of the questions above, it must be book fair week!
The book fair is my favorite library fundraiser, right behind the readathon. The students get excited, the teachers get excited. And, of course, we get books! It is a great school fundraiser when done well. When done poorly, however, it can be a nightmare. I have chaired over 20 book fairs, so when I say I know how to run a book fair, I know how to run a book fair. Make no mistake, I’m tired by the end of the week, but I’m also happier and much less stressed now than I used to be because I have streamlined the process so much. I have always used Scholastic Book Fairs, but I think many of these tips will apply to any on-site book fair.
Helpful book fair ideas
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After the fair:
So you drank the caffeine, made all the change, and ate all of the freezer meals. Hopefully, you still have your sanity. Go home, grab an adult beverage, and put your feet up. You’ve earned it. Then plan the next one.
My name is Julie Overpeck. An elementary school media specialist, mentor, presenter, middle grade book reviewer, and queen of the #libraryhack, I am a Texas girl in North Carolina with 18 years in education and 14 years of public school library experience.