Library, Class of 2023 host first book fair

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Abigail Patterson

The fair is set for the students arrival.

Abigail Patterson, Reporter

Readers rejoice, the library is hosting its first book fair Feb. 10 to Feb. 21 in collaboration with the Class of 2023. 

Students may go to the book fair during class or on their own.

“Teachers may schedule 15-minute classroom visits. Students may shop before school, after school and during lunchtime beginning Feb. 11. Students may not leave class to shop unless they have a pass from their teacher,” librarian Elena Ortega said. “We will also have the book fair in the Commons on Parent Night, Feb. 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The book fair schedule is posted on the library doors and posters around the school.” 

Ortega has hosted several book fairs before and the library is working with the Class of 2023 to help them raise money. 

“I am very excited to have a Scholastic Book Fair here at Del Valle. I have hosted 10 successful book fairs at Marian Manor Elementary when I was the librarian at that school,” Ortega said. “I hope to generate some excitement about books and reading through the book fair and at the same time, raise some money for the Class of 2023.” 

Junior Dayla Jaime has never been to a book fair hosted by the library before. 

“I was honestly shocked to hear that the library was going to have a book fair since we’ve never had one before. I’m excited to see what they have to offer,” Jaime said. “ I’ll probably check out the book fair when it opens because I’m curious to see what they come up with.”

There is much to be expected from the fair.

“All types of books will be sold, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, hardback, paperback. Other items will be sold. Posters, pens, pencils, erasers, bookmarks, journals,” Ortega said.

Class of 2023 President Valerie Loo-Kung believes the book fair will benefit their class.

“The book fair is a great fundraising idea for the Class of 2023,” Loo-Kung said. “This is because all students can participate in this event. With the money fundraised, we will bring forward many new ideas.”

Loo-Kung encourages the Freshmen Class to participate in the book fair.

“As long as freshmen students participate and help out in this event, all profits will be given to the class,” Loo-Kung said. “The Class of 2023 plans to raise at least $1,800 by the end of the book fair. We encourage people to buy products in cash as it allows us to keep a percentage of the profit.”

Ortega wants to generate excitement about books and reading through the book fair.

“I would like to thank the Class of 2023 and the Book Club for agreeing to help me with this endeavor,” Ortega said. “I hope that this book fair is just the beginning of a yearly tradition.”

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