The North Routt Community Charter School has had a lot of firsts since it opened nearly three years ago.
That trend continued Friday when the Clark-based school hosted its first book fair.
Schools across the country host book fairs annually, but this fair has special significance for the charter school as it attempts to expand its resources and continue to foster a sense of community in the area.
"This is a way to raise some money and have a few more books," charter school director Mary Bramer said. "It's also a way to bring people into the school."
The book fair, co-sponsored by Scholastic and Epilogue Book Co., brings titles for the youngest of readers, as well as a variety of books for teenagers and adults. Journals, pencils, sweets and other items also can be found on the tables set up inside the school's multi-purpose building.
From Pooh Bear to Harry Potter, the fair also offered North Routt families a chance to purchase books without heading down Routt County Road 129 into Steamboat Springs.
Sisters Alana and Mary White perused the book setups carefully Friday afternoon, unwilling to settle for anything but the best with the $10 their father gave each of them to spend.
Alana, a sixth-grader, said she has a book fair method that ensures she makes the right choice:
"I try to find a lot of the things I want, and then I choose the best ones that I can afford." Fantasy books -- her favorite -- are likely to make the cut.
For student Will Zuppan, the book fair enabled him to purchase two Pokemon books. He wants the book fair to come back next year, "so I can buy the other books I didn't get today," he said.
Bramer said the fair, which continues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the school's multi-purpose building next to the main schoolhouse, also will raise money for the school. Epilogue is donating all book-fair profits to the school, and Scholastic also will provide a certain percentage of the profits generated from the fair.
In addition to books, parents and other shoppers will find an assortment of handmade cards crafted by North Routt students for a variety of occasions. Each card costs 75 cents.
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