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Library book fair to benefit reading program

Children's author Dr. Seuss once said, in his book ‘I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!' "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

The importance of literacy is the primary reason, the Clayton County Headquarters library hosts three book fairs each year, according to the Clayton County Library System's Assistant Library Director for Youth Services, Janice Arcuria.

The Scholastic Book Sale, which is an annual and national fair, began on Tuesday, Dec. 14 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Headquarters branch.

The library is located, at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro.

According to Arcuria, some of the hot ticket items this year will be "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Ugly Truth" Jeff Kinney, "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Twelfth Grade Kills" Heather Brewer, and "The 39 Clues" series Jude Watson, which is an interactive book.

"We also have books in Spanish, and books about African-American interests, which is one of our best sellers," she said.

She added that the book fair is selling Christian and holiday books as well.

"I love the idea of bringing books to people," said Amanda Corbitt, librarian assistant for teens, at the Forest Park Library.

According to Arcuria, books will be sold at a buy-one-get-one-free price. In previous years, books were sold at a half-off price, she added.

"We received new machines that are pre-programmed to scan the items as buy-one-get-one-free," said Arcuria.

Based on a percentage of sales, the library earns credit to select paperback Scholastic books, to be used as rewards for the annual Summer Reading Program, according to Arcuria.

"When they hit that goal, they receive one free book," she said. The goal is to read 18 books, and keep track of the list through a log.

She added that last year, the library was able to award 1,459 books to participants. The goal for this year is to exceed last year's number of giveaways.

"The summer reading program will start [on] the day after school is out, and it will end the day before school begins," said Arcuria.

She explained that books can be purchased with cash, checks, purchase orders, major credit cards, and debit cards with charge cards logos.

Arcuria believes that giving a book as a holiday gift is a great idea for consumers.

"To always include a book as a gift, shows a child that books have value.... we strongly encourage people to give books as a gift," said Arcuria.

The fair also sells computer software, educational activity sets and school supplies.

For more information regarding the Scholastic Book Sale, or the Summer Reading Program, please contact Janice Arcuria, at (770) 210-5238, or e-mail her at arcuriaj@claytonpl.org.