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Book fair to offer something for all ages

By Staff | Dec 13, 2019

Sue Sitter/PCT Rugby Public School Librarian Jessica Fritz stands near winter decorations in the Rugby High School library.

Rugby Public Schools will host a book fair offering titles to interest readers of all ages Monday, Dec. 16, through Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Rugby High School library.

Librarian Jessica Fritz said the book fair will be open to the public mostly during school hours and close most days at 4 p.m. The fair will be open until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday to give people attending the CNDC Boys’ Basketball tournament a chance to shop. The fair will also open at 1 p.m. Saturday and stay open during tournament hours.

“That way, if people want to come in between games, they have an opportunity to get some books for Christmas,” Fritz said.

Fritz said a variety of titles will be for sale.

“There are new novels from Raina Telgemeier. We have a lot of awesome new graphic (illustrated) novels, which the kids are excited about. We have basic picture books such as ‘Pete the Cat.’ Looks like there are some new Captain Underpants novels, and the kids love those.”

“We have books up to the high school level,” Fritz noted. “There’s a new World War II book by Alan Gratz. He’s a pretty strong novelist, too.”

“There are just so many different options. We even get some gaming books for kids who love video games, but they give some tricks of the trade and (instructions for shortcuts),” Fritz added.

“Basically, there should be something for everyone.”

Fritz said when she placed her fair order with Scholastic Publishers, “They asked if I wanted some cookbooks and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I know they’re going to send me Christmas books because I did ask for those.”

Fritz said the annual fair is “a little bit different for this year.”

Fritz said the book fair had been held in the Ely Elementary School library in past years, but it moved to Rugby High School’s library due to space limitations at the elementary school.

“We’re going to have a gigantic book fair at the high school library,” Fritz said.

Students in Fritz’s reading group were busy last week making paper chains and snowflakes to decorate the RHS library for the fair.

“It’s an ‘Arctic Adventure/Winter Wonderland’ theme,” Fritz said.

“Books are great Christmas presents,” Fritz added, citing a list of reasons to give books this year.

“Some of them are: they don’t hurt when you step on them, unlike a Lego; they’re easy to wrap; they’re easy to ship; they’re something that you can open and always get something out of.”

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