Last Friday, June 5, the Honey Creek/High Point Literacy Committee sponsored the first ever Book Sale, with the primary goal of kids having affordable books that they could choose themselves on hand for reading over the summer. Thanks are due to my co-worker Heather Pacheco for designing the poster.
Thanks to the many members of the community for donating large quantities of books! Elka and four of Johnny’s fourth grade students helped sort the boxes and boxes of books the day before – a table full of board books, three tables of picture books, a table of easy readers, and two tables each of nonfiction, early chapter books and middle grade fiction.
During the day, all Honey Creek K-5 classes toured through, with middle school and High Point students coming in small numbers throughout. We sold books for 25 cents each and magazines 5 for 25 cents. Students without money were allowed to choose one book for themselves, and one for a younger sibling if they asked. Many thanks to Yuko, Tammy, Amber and more of Johnny’s students for help during the sale! All of the kids were very excited about shopping for books!
As soon as all the classes had come through, teachers were allowed to take books for free. We donated several boxes of books to High Point in this way, and a few to Honey Creek and Gretchen’s House staff as well. Jeannie was kind enough to take the remaining few boxes of books to donate to the Friends of the Saline Library.
The biggest problem that we had with the event was that, unsurprisingly, only a handful of books for middle school kids were donated, all of which were bought by advanced 4/5 readers before the middle school classes came through. Should we run this event again, we will have to make a special effort to find a source for teen books, perhaps contact Honey Creek alum or working with a local high school. We also had lots of requests from kids of all ages for graphic novels.
The book sale raised $210.04. (Where did those 4 cents come from? It’s a mystery!) That will be a great start for the Literacy Committee’s projects next year, but most importantly, it means that students went away with 840 books!
– Katy Kramp, on behalf of the Literacy Committee