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The Spring Book Fair is in full swing this week, delighting readers of all ages and tastes at WSD. Our two annual book fairs raise money to purchase new titles for the library, and are the biggest source of funds for increasing our library collection. Books for the fair are provided by The Story Cupboard, a locally owned and family book fair company. This week, WSD’s Writer In Residence, author Christian McKay Heidicker, also visited the book fair to sign copies of his Newbery Honor book, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, as well as his other titles for middle readers.

“The Library is the hub of the school,” notes school librarian Christina Albers. “Students are excited to be able to check out new books by favorite authors, or try a book they have been hearing a lot about from peers.” And with so many quality children’s books being published each year, the library must add new titles on a continuing basis just to keep up. But then, books are what it’s all about. Stephen King once called books “portable magic,” and certainly that magic can be felt at a WSD book fair!

“When students tell me the Library is their favorite place in the school, of course it makes my day,” acknowledges Ms. Albers. “The goal is to get kids excited about interacting with books – to read on their own or with family, friends, even pets! I want them to be able to read at their own pace and learn to make responsible reading choices for themselves. Book fairs help build that excitement and allow me to provide students with really great books.”