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Journey to new worlds through books

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By Kirsten Laskey

Some may consider reading to be a solitary and sedentary activity. Well, Aspen Elementary School will introduce a new perspective toward reading starting Thursday.

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair not only brings books and different activities to the whole family, it also offers the chance to take literary travels around the world.

The theme for this year’s book fair, Aspen Librarian Kristine Bennett said, is “Read Around the World.”

She explained, “Books take us to new worlds whether it is a geographically new location or an imaginary location. They return us to our world with new ideas and attitudes.”

The fair opens from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursday at the school’s library.

The fair continues from 8-8:30 p.m. Friday. Additionally, there will be a pizza/reading night from 3:15-7 p.m. Friday.

The fair will be held from 8-8:30 a.m. and then again from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Monday. Wednesday, the fair will be open from 8-8:30 a.m. and there will be a family picnic from noon-2 p.m.

The final day of the fair will be Sept. 24. The fair will be held from 8-8:30 a.m.

In addition to book sales, Bennett said students can try their luck at guessing how many tortilla chips are in a container. The winner will receive a book gift certificate.

These different activities, she said, are not only fun but also serve a purpose. “I think it gets everybody excited about reading.”

Bennett recalls when she was in elementary school, she would get so excited when her parents gave her money for the book fair.

The anticipation continues today. Bennett said the children get “all hyped up” about the book fair.

The fair serves as a fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO supports the school in several ways including operating a discretionary fund for teachers.

The money for this fund comes from the book fair. Additionally, Bennett is also able to get books for the library and the fair also supports classroom field trips.