An early holiday shopping opportunity happens this week as Payson Elementary School sponsors its annual Scholastic Book Fair.
A wide selection of books and computer software, including many of the titles young people like best, will be available for purchase in the PES library. Featuring live appearances by Franklin the Turtle, a popular children's book character, it's a fun and lively event parents, grandparents, families and friends won't want to miss, said parent volunteer and book fair chairperson Jeanne Macfarlane
Besides Franklin the Turtle books, the sale includes Clifford and Goosebumps books, plus the entire Harry Potter series, Macfarlane said.
"We also have computer software, including I Spy titles, plus journals, book lamps, Frisbees, and even magic tricks," Macfarlane said. "Prices range from 40 cents for an eraser to a $36.95 computer game."
Jenny Boll, a librarian at PES, emphasized the timing of the event, held each year in October. "The book fair is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping, and to give the young people in your life the gift of learning," Boll said.
"And if your family lives elsewhere," she added, "remember that books are one of the easiest and safest gifts to ship."
According to Macfarlane all items are in stock, and should the school run out of any title it will be here within two days.
The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 27, with special extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday when people are invited to bring their cameras and take a picture with Franklin. It is not necessary to have a child or grandchild at PES to attend.
All proceeds from the book sale go to the library, and for every 100 books sold, PES will donate one book to either the Payson Regional Medical Center emergency room, the Time Out Shelter or to local doctors' offices for placement in their waiting rooms.
"This is all about giving children every opportunity to read," Macfarlane said.