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Reading IS Fun-damental

Library’s Scholastic Book Fair ends Monday

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
Alishia Eubanks, 7, shows off a book entitled “Diamond,” part of the Breyer Stablemates series, at the Headquarters Library in Jonesboro. The Clayton County Library System is currently selling Scholastic books at a 50-percent discount.

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz Alishia Eubanks, 7, shows off a book entitled “Diamond,” part of the Breyer Stablemates series, at the Headquarters Library in Jonesboro. The Clayton County Library System is currently selling Scholastic books at a 50-percent discount.

Little Alishia Eubanks’ eyes grew big as she opened a book entitled, “Diamond,” a Breyer Stablemates series geared for children in elementary school.

The 7-year-old said she is an avid reader, and has a personal library in her Hampton home. She said she is on a mission to collect Breyer Stablemates books, because she enjoys reading them.

“They describe stuff about animals,” the youngster said. She said she likes coming to the Clayton County Library System’s “Scholastic Half-off Book Fair,” whenever she is able. “There are a lot of books, and I like them, and toys and stuff,” she said.

Her grandmother, Barbara Eubanks, said it’s important that her granddaughter continues to read, because reading exercises the mind, and it allows her to learn new things. “Knowledge is something you can never have enough of,” the grandmother added.

The book fair will be available until Monday, Dec. 5, said Janice Arcuria, assistant director for youth services for the library system. The event is being held at the Headquarters Branch of the library system, located at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. The nearest cross street is King Road.

The book fair is available today (Friday), from 9:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m.; on Saturday, Dec. 3, until 4:30 p.m.; on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1:30 p.m., to 5 p.m., and on Monday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m., to 6 p.m.

There are books available for infants, toddlers, as well as children in pre-school, elementary school, middle school and high school, she said. There are limited books for adults, she added.

Assistant Director Arcuria said there are a variety of book genres available, such as fiction, non-fiction, Spanish and reference books.

With the 50 percent-off discount, average prices for Scholastic books range from $2 to $10, she said. Normally, average prices are from $4 to $20.

Aside from books, Acuria said, there are fun items, such as small erasers, pens, pencils, diaries and bookmarks. Arcuria suggests that books make a nice gift for children, because it is important for them to actually own books, which encourages them to be lifelong readers.

“When you give a gift, you are conveying what is important to you,” Arcuria said.

The Library System does not profit from the sales at the book fair, but rather, the event is a community service, the library official said. The system’s summer reading program does benefit from the book fair, however, she explained.

Scholastic allows the Library System to collect a certain amount of paperback books, which depend on the total sales from the book fair. It can receive books equal to 10 percent of total sales.

For example, if sales total $6,000, the Library System can get paperback books that total $600 —10 percent of the sale, she said.

These books will go to the summer reading program, which will serve as prizes for children who complete the goal of reading 18 books, or reading for 9 hours during the 10-week program, Arcuria said.

For more information, contact the Clayton County Library System at (770) 473-3850.