advice I ever got was that, knowledge is power and to keep reading. -David Bailey
What else could be more
gratifying than working out a Book Fair from concept to commissioning? Working
a month in advance with a lean library staff structure, with a philosophy of do
every thing by yourself was nothing less than a miracle when it went off
smoothly. Great to work with a small team backed up by the Library Advisory
Team and Student volunteers. Thanking kids and teachers before they do any thing. Great indeed, it
leaves me with thoughts to dream bigger dreams about Books and Fairs and Events
far larger in magnitude and scope.
Occasion was Open/Report Day of
Shishuvan School. What emerged was a small but busy, short but sweet book fair
event where in students were all out in rating it as excellent. Kids love
books, specially when they are too many and parents love it when kids are into
books. Their gratification / smiles …. Comparison. Surprisingly cool March
Breeze, brought smiles on the faces of Booksellers and Distributors as books
etc got sold on and on. The participating vendors / service providers included Katie
Bagli a nature author, navneeth an NGO, young explorer (magazine), a couple of
Voluntary organizations and some one stacked few educational toys. The light
instrumental music which was on and off , brought occasional tender moments to
the people busy in browsing the titles. The Report / Open day is itself a
celebration for kids and this bonus of being with books is an additional
God is great, kids and parents
still have the same love for the print version of books. I think and wish the enthu and craze
for print books will continue for many more millenniums.
The best part was, 34% of those
who gave feedback rated their experience in Fair as Good and 40 % as Excellent.
The following were some of the suggestions offered to be taken care in the forthcoming book fairs
to be open for 2 to 3 days,
have variety of books. Repetitions to be avoided.
subject areas : Space, Earth, India, Harry Potter, 3D Books, Dinosaurs,
Bollywood stories, Fiction, Word Search, Cars, Children’s Books, Sports and
Cricket, , Computers / IT. Payment by Credit / Debit Cards to be facilitated.
should be more of Activity Counters.
The organizers (me and my team), closed the show with a firm determination to enhance the scope of the Fair magnanimously. One of
the resolutions was to treat Book Fair as one of the important components and
mile stones of the Schools Annual Reading Programme.