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Why Host a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Milford?

Live Oaks Elementary School volunteers work at its welcome table at a recent book fair.
Live Oaks Elementary School volunteers work at its welcome table at a recent book fair.
Since January, Barnes & Noble Milford has helped to raise more than $10,000 for local schools. Coordinated with the assistance of Community Relations Manager Karen Dydzuhn, volunteers from Parent Teacher Organizations schedules a variety of family-friendly events, such as musical entertainment, crafts projects, face painting, and student performances. They invited families, teachers and faculty to participate in the book fair's activities. Ten to fifteen percent of the sales generated by the book fair's attendees are donated to the school. They receive a higher rebate if the donation is put on a Barnes & Noble gift card. When they use the gift card to make school purchases, an additional 20 percent institutional discount will be applied. 

"At recent book fairs, we've had step-dancers, dramatic plays, a student-directed film and an elementary school choir performance singing Katy Perry tunes," said Ms. Dydzuhn. "It's a great way to get school families together and showcase the students' talent." 

To kick off the latest book in the "Bedtime Math" children's book series, a Glow-in-the-Dark Party was held in conjunction with a recent book fair. Children created geometric shapes and solved challenging problems using glow-in-the-dark sticks in a program led by Peg Reekie, Barnes & Noble's Lead Bookseller in the Children's Books' Department. 

Joining in the celebration, Barnes & Noble's cafe staff creatively comes up with customized smoothies for each school. Each school also names a special sweet treat after their mascot. 

"We like to get every department in our store involved in the book fairs and make it as personal as possible to each school," Ms. Dydzuhn explained. "At their welcome tables at the front of the door, PTO members are encouraged to bring balloons in their school colors and hand out information about upcoming school events. We are here to make your school fundraiser a success!" 

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