Rim Country Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair offers pupils an opportunity to mold themselves into successful, well-rounded students.
RCMS librarian Barbara Potvin adamantly praises the benefits of the annual event.
"It encourages creativity, self-expression and reading among the students," she said. "Being a good reader is more predictive of success than intelligence, economic background or gender is."
She goes on to argue that reading can be a key to opening life's doors.
"Readers have larger vocabularies, a greater knowledge of the world and higher academic achievement," she said.
Potvin also contends reading is crucial to the healthy development of early teens."Because many middle school-aged students begin to turn away from books, it is so important to keep these children reading," she said.
The fair, which this year is titled "Read, White and Blue," opened Dec. 6 in the RCMS library and will continue to Dec. 10. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Potvin has scheduled special family events from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at RCMS, and another, during the same hours, Thursday, in the Payson High School auditorium lobby.
During the Thursday event, the RCMS band will perform a concert.
After selecting the title of this edition of the fair, Potvin asked "What could be more fitting in this election year?"
In celebration of the All-American theme, Payson Wal-Mart has donated apple pies to be served at the Tuesday evening event.
Also, all families who attend either of this week's evening events will be placed in a drawing that has as a prize a gift basket filled with books.
In addition to the book fair providing the unique opportunity to buy books, it is also a huge fund-raiser for the library.
Profits are used to purchase new books and much needed equipment.