The second week of November brought the Scholastic Book Fair back to LMS this year, and the students relished every moment of it, making some lasting memories of their own and raising funds to support the LMS library. Last year’s book fair took place virtually due to COVID-19 considerations, and while the students certainly enjoyed viewing the virtual fair online and seeing their purchases arrive in their backpacks, they missed getting to comb through the shelves in their school library while gazing up at the posters of famous athletes, cute animals, and fancy sports cars that covered the walls. Perhaps because of the extra year of waiting, students were beyond excited to explore the fair this year.
Students at LMS benefit every day from their librarian, Whitney Fessler. She runs the LMS library like a well-oiled machine, cranking out adventures in the form of wonderful books that she helps each student discover. Mrs. Fessler really goes above and beyond during each book fair, and she is supported in her efforts by a team of LMS parent-volunteers. Chairing this year’s book fair were Jenny Tucker and Megan McDill. These ladies spent the entire week of the fair at school helping kids select their items, calculating how much money their stacks of wish-list books would cost in reality, and offering critical input into final deliberations between the colors of items. This year was Jenny’s daughter’s first year at LMS, and Jenny shared that “preparing for book fair week stirred up many of my own childhood book fair memories, and LMS did not disappoint!” She noted that, “The most popular books this year were the ‘Dragon Girls’ series, ‘Ground Zero,’ ‘Escape from Chernobyl,’ and anything Pokémon. In fact, after the first day, so many students had purchased those particular books that Mrs. Fessler had to order a resupply for the remaining days of the fair.
The energy spilling out of the library filled the school. Kids jumped with joy as they tried their luck at winning their favorite poster off the wall. Students tugged their friends by the arm to point out particularly exciting book covers, and some of them sat down and started reading their new books on the spot, not able to wait another moment. But beyond just the shopping rush, there were also moments that showed the lovely character of the LMS students as a whole. Jenny recalled, “A favorite memory of mine from the week is the many times I watched students purchase gifts for their own siblings - Christmas, birthday, or just because.” Jenny also saw firsthand what a wonderful job Whitney Fessler does, commenting that all of the students at LMS are so lucky to have her as their librarian!
By the time the week was over, students had added some amazing new characters and stories to their home libraries, and their purchases had raised about $2,000 for the LMS library. These funds will help buy new LMS library books, new materials for the library, and a fun reading incentive for the whole school at the end of the year. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this event happen. The results of the fair certainly lived up to the anticipation of the week!
by Meredith Brown