Library will hold fair to add books for children

The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library will have a book fair to raise funds for its children's book collection.

The book fair will start Friday and continue through Tuesday. The library is bringing in about 8,000 books from Scholastic for the book fair, said Sherryl James, community services librarian.

The book fair selection will include picture books, fiction, nonfiction and resource publications such as dictionaries. Books are geared toward children through middle school age, she said.

"The books are reasonably priced," she said. "We will get a percentage of the sales and we will reinvest that into the children's section by purchasing additional books for our collection. So the more we sell, the more we can add to the collection for the community."

The library will also give away $100 worth of books this weekend. A book will be given out every hour Saturday and Sunday during the book fair, she said, adding that people don't have to make a purchase to participate in the drawing.

The library currently has about 43,000 children's books, 7,500 of which were added when the library opened in June.

"That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that we are serving the entire community, it's not that much," James said.

For every children's book in the library's collection, it costs the library about $15, which includes the book purchase and placing a security device on the book, she said.

The library staff hopes to raise at least $5,000 through the book fair, she said.

If you go

WHAT: Book Fair Fundraiser

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 2:30- 5 p.m. Sunday ; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

WHERE: Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.

INFORMATION: (706) 821-2600

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