COLUMBIA — A large, green alien stands in the entrance of Cedar Ridge Elementary School, a symbol of this year’s book fair with a theme of “To the Book Fair and Beyond.”
The fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the school’s Grandparents Day. That will allow grandparents to shop at the book fair with their grandchildren.
The fair will also run next week from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 11.
Tara Shade, volunteer coordinator for the Cedar Ridge PTA, said teachers, parents and students are encouraged to buy books through this Scholastic program.
“Between 40 and 50 percent of what we raise we get back in Scholastic dollars to use in buying books for the school,” Shade said. “The more we make, the more percentage we get.”
There will be a large selection of books for grade levels ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, she said.
The book fair is put on by the PTA.
“We have a lot of parent volunteers that come in and help,” she said. “They help with the paying and checking out and re-stocking.”
Last year, the fair made $2,600, giving them $1,300 back in Scholastic dollars. The goal for this year is $3,000.
Josh Ray, media specialist at Cedar Ridge, said the “Dork Diaries” series of books should be a big seller this year. He can’t keep enough of them in the school’s library.
Book prices range from $1.99 to less than $20, Shade said. They will accept cash and check, as well Visa and Mastercard, which is new this year.