Stromness Academy Library

Books, reading and life in a school library

Book Fair


Between 23rd and 27th September, the library held a book fair. This was the first fair for a number of years, but the thirteenth we have had since our first one way back in 1997.

A book fair can be a good way to promote reading for pleasure, encouraging pupil choice from a selection of teen / young adult fiction (some non-fiction too). It can also be beneficial to promoting the library, maybe drawing in pupils and staff who maybe otherwise wouldn’t visit, as well as, if commission threshold met, gaining new stock for the school library. This time we did meet the threshold of £300, which is actually a lot for a school with a small roll like ours. Pupils were given free rein to select books for the library up to a value of around £80 and we now have a nice selection of 11 new books to add to library stock in due course.

A book fair can also support Reading outcomes and benchmarks in literacy, in particular:

and choice

within a motivating and challenging environment developing an awareness of
the relevance
of texts in my life

 I regularly select and read, listen to or watch texts for enjoyment and interest, and
I can express how well
they meet my needs and expectations and give reasons, with evidence,
for my personal response.
 I can identify sources
to develop the range
of my reading.
LIT 3-11a
Selects texts regularly for enjoyment and interest or relevant sources to inform thinking.

Gives a personal response to texts with appropriate justification.

Explains how well a text or source meets needs and expectations
with appropriate justification.



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