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Book bonanza

January 31, 2012 - Diane Speer
This year's Newspapers in Education Book Sale just may feature the largest amount of books ever offered at the event. The public has been extremely generous in donating items for the upcoming sale. Couple that generosity with the huge number of books collected by this year's local school partner, Lincoln Elementary School, and the result should be quite the bonanza for book lovers.

The News conducts the NIE Book Sale each year in conjunction with its Business Expo. Proceeds from the sale are used to provide free newspapers to many classrooms throughout the region. The students use the newspapers to learn more about current events, to increase their reading skills and to gain an appreciation for the art of communication.

Each year The News asks one of the local schools that benefits from the NIE Program to come on board as a partner and collect books for the sale. Students, staff and parents at Lincoln totally embraced our request. They did a phenomenal job bringing in literally hundreds of books. We here at the newspaper are extremely grateful for their efforts.

At the end of their book drive on Jan. 27, Lincoln School far exceeded their goal of 2,000 books. Their grand total came to 2,700 books. Shoppers at the book sale will find a wide variety of items to choose from, including a plentiful supply of children's and young adult books, newer hardcovers and paperbacks, cookbooks, books on tape, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs, and much more.

It is always great fun to sort the donations as they come into the office and see what people are reading and collecting. And best of all, the huge number of people who turn out for the sale underscores the important fact that in this age of ever-increasing technology, people still love to read books.

The NIE Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the APlex, along with the 2012 Business Expo and – new this year – a local Craft Show of nearly 20 exhibitors.


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