TAYLOR COUNTY— Although the school year is over, students, parents and teachers can continue supporting their schools’ libraries throughout the summer with the introduction of a brand new platform.
Traditionally, Scholastic visits schools in the area for spring book fairs, setting up cases of their most favored reads that coincide with the grade levels of each school, for students, teachers and community members to shop.
However, this is just another event that was brought to a halt by the outbreak of COVID-19.
In response to the pandemic, the Scholastic’s staff around the world mobilized to provide much needed resources for schools, kids and families as they worked to adjust to the reality of schools closing and learning virtually.
While continuously committed to providing learning materials for students and teachers, Scholastic is also dedicated to supporting the schools that support them and developed an all-new way to do so.
The Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair is being offered for the first time ever by Scholastic, as a way for residents to support their schools and keep kids reading all summer long, and Taylor County schools have joined in.
Anna Jarvis, Flemington and West Taylor Elementary Schools, as well as Taylor County Middle School and Little Feet Preschool and Daycare are each hosting their own virtual book fair.
The virtual book fair is designed to provide students with easy access to new books while on summer break, and allows families to shop at ease, discovering favorite characters, browsing a new series and uncovering collections that are sure to keep kids reading.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on book for summer reading,” expressed Anna Jarvis Elementary School Librarian, Ashley Knotts.
There are several perks of ordering through your school’s virtual book fair including free shipping on orders over $25 and direct shipping to your home, but the best of all is that for every dollar you spend, your selected school earns rewards.
“Our book fairs at school bring in big profits for the library, and this is another opportunity to help out the school,” shared Knotts.
According to Scholastic, all purchases, no matter the size, benefit the school you’ve selected to shop with, earning them 25 percent of your order total in Scholastic Dollars™, which never expire.
“The rewards we earn are put back into the school. We use the Scholastic Dollars™ to purchase new book for our library. This helps us keep new reading material on our shelves for all of our students to enjoy,” Knotts added.
To ensure that the school you are wishing to support gets credit for each purchase, shoppers must initially access the Virtual Book Fair through the school’s book fair homepage, which can be found on the Scholastic’s Find a Fair webpage, https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairsdotcom/fair-finder.html.
From there, shoppers may search for their school and create an account to save the school in their profile for future purchases.
The Virtual Book Fair is open until September 4, giving customers the opportunity to shop all summer long.
“As more people turn to the comfort and joy of reading in these unsettled times, we are creating new ways to connect young readers to the stories and characters they love the most,” said Scholastic representatives.
In addition to the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, the site is also offering Scholastic Home Base, which is the perfect companion to the virtual book fair, as it is the ultimate destination for kids to interact with their favorite characters, play games, track Reading Streaks ™ and earn rewards.
Home Base can be accessed by visiting, https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/games/homebase/.
“While we can’t predict what the future will bring, we will be here as your resource and partner, as we have been for the past 100 years,” voiced a Scholastic official.
Be sure to log on today, and start adding to your own library, all the while aiding your favorite school library.
“While this may not be the traditional way for us to shop the Scholastic Book Fair, I am thankful that it is still possible for my students, and their families to shop with them virtually,” Knotts commented. “Let’s make this a summer to instill a love of reading!”