ALPENA - The 2013 Business Expo and Newspapers in Education Book Sale returns Saturday at the APlex. Alpena business owners from throughout the area, craft makers and book enthusiasts will come together to promote reading news in classrooms and provide information about products and services locally.
According to The News Circulation Manager Ken Pokorzynski, as many as 15,000 books, movies and music are available for purchase for prices far below what would be found in a store. He said the money raised from the book sale is used to fund the newspaper's NIE program, which supplies classrooms in Northeast Michigan copies of The News for educational purposes. Pokorzynski said the newspaper takes pride in helping students learn through the use of printed news.
"We gather books from the community and we sell them and the proceeds help fund our Newspaper in Education program. Currently we have 13 classrooms and 200 students that are able to use the newpapers as an educational tool and for their studies," Pokorzynski said. "The book sale is a major contributor to us being able to offer this program and it allows for people who like to read to purchase some quality books, in good condition for as little as 50 cents and no more than $2 for a hardcover book."
Among the books available are romance novels, self-help books, biographies and according to Pokorszynski, a lot of children's books that were collected by some area students.
"Children's books are a large part of our sale and go hand-in-hand with the NIE program," Pokorzynski said. "Sanborn School collected several thousand books for us for the sale and that is very helpful. If you have bought a children's book lately you know they are quite expensive. At the book sale you can get them for 50 cents or maybe $1 for a hard cover book."
The book sale is only one part of the overall expo. Booths will be set up at the event taht will allow people to sample and learn about products and services local companies offer. There also will be local crafters who will be showing off their work.
Advertising Director Laura Lancewicz said the expo continues to grow in popularity and in the number of businesses that take part. She said many of the vendors will have samples available and drawings for prizes. She said the newspaper also will have several drawings, including one for Flexsteel cruise control recliner from Stanson's Floor Covering and Furniture.
"There will be a huge variety of different business types that will be coming in. There will be everything from insurance, furniture stores and even a veterinarian," Lancewicz said. "We will have the crafts, and from what I know, there will be many different types of crafts, so there will be something for everyone."
The expo begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 4 p.m. Pokorzynki said it is usually busy as soon as the doors open.
"Each year there can be 100 to 200 people waiting in line," Pokorszynski said. "It is popular and the important thing to remember is it is for the kids. All of the proceeds from the book sale go to the Newspapers in Education program. The more books we are able to sell the more funding we get. The more funding we get, the more papers we are able to provide the classrooms."
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