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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Slightly Off Topic, Barnes and Noble Book Fair

A post about a visit to Barnes and Noble? I know. I know. This blog is about independent bookstores, and that is indeed my focus. But regular readers will recall that I don't have anything against Barnes and Noble. (See Tiny Giant post.) Before retiring, I regularly took advantage of their educator discount to acquire books for my high school library. Truth be told, I love all bookstores, and I promise to get back on topic with my next post. Meanwhile, this being only my first year of retirement, I still have a strong bond with and affection for Kelloggsville High School and its staff and students. So when I learned that their English department would be holding a book fair at a local Barnes and Noble, I was interested to say the least. When I learned that Gary Schmidt, one of my favorite authors, would be there, I was thrilled. I knew that I had to attend to support KHS and to get my copy of Okay For Now (See Book Reviews and Favorites.) signed by the author.

By all accounts the fair was a great success. The day was filled with music, crafts, story time, and even Elvis. Congratulations to Bethany Hardy, Susan Faulk, the KHS English department, friends and family members, and many hard-working students. Their efforts not only promote reading, but also earned the English department 20 percent of all purchases at the store that day as well as online, money that will go toward greatly needed books and materials for the students at Kelloggsville.

While it is my custom to make a purchase from each bookstore I visit, this particular purchase was more about the event than the store. I selected two books: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and a second copy of Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. You can see him signing it for me in the picture above. It is so rewarding to know that on this bookstore visit, my purchase helped not just the store, but Kelloggsville High School as well. Great job, guys.

1 comment:

KHS Principal said...

And we're glad you made it over Mrs. Redd. It was fun to see the kids, parents, and staff members make it out for the book fair. We received many positive comments about our students from people who visited.