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by Jessica Carner
Nov 09, 2010 | 1023 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Jessica Carner - John Thomas, 4, peruses books on Tuesday at Alice Maxwell Elementary School’s sale to benefit the school’s library.
Tribune/Jessica Carner - John Thomas, 4, peruses books on Tuesday at Alice Maxwell Elementary School’s sale to benefit the school’s library.
By Jessica Carner

SPARKS — What’s better than buying books for your children at a school book fair? How about buying books at deeply discounted prices at a book fair?

Thanks to Grassroots Books of Reno, Alice Maxwell Elementary School currently is holding a book sale in its library featuring a vast array of books at a fraction of the regular cost.

According to librarian Allison Schorr, Grassroots delivered 1,500 books to the school last week to sell and is giving 25 percent of the proceeds to the school to go toward library improvement projects.

“They brought us a wonderful selection of award-winning hardbound books that are four to five times less expensive than in the stores,” Schorr said.

Schorr said the sale ends at 4 p.m. Wednesday and books are going out the door quickly.

“It’s gone really well,” Schorr added.

“This is the best book fair we have ever had,” instructional coach Kathy Gage said. “We have a great librarian (Schorr) who just came on board with us, and she is working to put together activities with books for families to encourage parents to read with their children at home.”

“We are trying to earn some money to fix up our library and purchase more books,” Schorr said.

Gage said along with regular library improvements and book purchases, Schorr is hoping to assemble a collection of bilingual books for students in the English as a second language program to take home to read with their parents, who may not be fluent in English.

“It’s so important for parents to be able to read with their children,” Gage said.

This is the first time Grassroots Books has taken part in a school book fair, and owner Zoe Miller said she is happy to be able to offer books to children and their families at such a discounted rate. She purchases scratched and dented books that are returned by larger book stores, which allows her to sell new books for up to 70 percent less than other outlets. When purchasing pallets of books for children, Miller said she selects only top-rated titles.

“We are so excited,” Miller said. “Putting books in the hands of kids and letting them pick their own books is so important.”

Miller said she believes the key to getting children to read is providing options and allowing them to find publications on topics they are interested in.

“If you have a kid who is only into horses or history and give them a book about something else, they’re not going to be interested,” Miller said.

Schorr said she is hoping to partner with Grassroots Books to hold future book fairs.

“I haven’t talked to the store yet,” Schorr said. “Depending on how well it does we are hoping to do it again, possibly in the spring.”

Miller said she is open to working with more local schools to provide low-cost books to children and their families. She can be reached by calling 828-2665. Grassroots Books has been in Reno for about one year at 660 E. Grove St.
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