The Mio AuSable Schools’ Library is having a Scholastic Book Fair this week to not only sell books, but also to raise funds for Lansing author and illustrator, Ruth McNally Barshaw, to guest speak at the school in the spring. The assembly has been planned in hopes to engage the students during National Reading Month in March. Kimberly Lewis, Mio and AuSable Schools librarian and special education secretary, said in reference to McNally Barshaw, “This one in particular, she’s an illustrator as well, so we can pull out the art side and also get them interested in writing a book. She will have them draw their own character and then she will start a story with them, she’ll leave it as a cliffhanger, and then they can finish the story so that each student that attends will finish the story differently.”
While they are excited for the upcoming assembly, the library also received some surprise donations this week. “We had an anonymous donor that brought us $1,000 to purchase books for the library and our students,” said Lewis. “We also had a community member who came in and bought the whole bin of books that I wanted here for the library which was over $300.”
The book fair will continue this week for students and is open to the public on Thursday from 3:30-5:30 PM. If interested, there are also classroom book wish lists put together by teachers that donors can support.