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Thursday February 2, 2017 at 12:48pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, Intermediate, Minisink Elementary


The turnout for the PTO Book Fair Family Night on Wednesday was so large and so early, organizers opened the doors to the Intermediate School C-gym 15 minutes ahead of schedule.


“It was incredible! We were packed!” said Judi Heilferty, PTO president.


PTO volunteers set up the many displays on Tuesday night, after the snow storm, with the help of custodial staff. Office staff was also very helpful with book vouchers and other support.


Elementary school students had their shopping day on Wednesday during school hours, and intermediate grades got their turn on Thursday. It had been three years since the last book fair, and for many students this was their first.


John, a third grader, was thrilled to be at the book fair, but sorry his book-shopping stipend didn’t quite cover the cost of the “Ultimate Reptileopedia: The Most Complete Reptile Reference Ever,” published by National Geographic. But he took heart. “I really like science,” he said, and he had a large science science to look for another favorite.


Riley, a fourth grader, loves Harry Potter but was going home with a “Chocolate Lab” book by Eric Luper. “I’m getting a dog on Saturday!” she wanted to share. What kind of dog? You guessed it!


Third grader Raymond was eager to name his favorite books series: Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants.” So why was he going home with a futuristic-looking journal? “The wimpy kid diaries is what inspired me to get a journal. I want to write about everything that happens to me,” Raymond said.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­A portion of the fair’s fundraising proceeds will be given to our school libraries as Scholastic dollars for the purchase of new books.

Reading inspiration and tips from our school librarians

For me, reading is a chance to learn about the world, and about myself.”
--Mia McLean, Elementary School Librarian

Mrs. McLean recommends  “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. This classic children’s book reminding us that bad days happen to everyone, but they don't last forever.

“Being taught how to read is one of the best gifts that I have ever received. I can't imagine what life would be like without knowing how to read.”
--Kathy Buying, Intermediate School Librarian

Mrs. Buying was never fond of the fantasy genre, until author Brandon Mull visited the Intermediate School.She was compelled to try Mr. Mull’s Fableheaven series, a New York Times bestseller. She became a became a fan, and she recommends it to children and adults alike.  

“Reading inspires, opens doors and takes you to new places.”
--Maggie Spicehandler, Library Media Specialist, Middle School

Mrs. Spicehandler recommends “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  This is a during World War II, a young girl named Ada and her brother are evacuated from the city and head to the country where they start a new life away from their abusive mother.

“Reading is the key to unlock a world of possibilities for you. What I love about reading is that it doesn't matter where you are starting from, it allows you to get anywhere you want!”
--Dolores Lombardo, High School Librarian

Mrs. Lombardo recommends the “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer, a series of fantasy novels for young adults. “They are ‘twisted’ versions of the fairy tale characters that you remember growing up. Science-fiction, fantasy and romance combine to make this a page-turning series worth reading!”