A good book
NIE book sale moves to Fairlane Village mall
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I f you’re brave enough to withstand the elements, you can come home nextweekend with a better reason than none to avoid them: a good book, reading material that doesn’t run on batteries.
The Newspaper in Education Used Book Sale will be held from 10 a. m. to 8 p. m. Jan. 12 and 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Jan. 13 at a newlocation, the former Write- Craft in the Fairlane Village mall, between Super Shoes and Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, according to Janet Joyce, The Republican- Herald’s director of marketing& community services.
The cost to enter is free, and books are relatively cheap: for hardbacks, $ 3; paperbacks, $ 1; children’s hardbacks, $ 1; and children’s paperbacks, three for $ 1. However, only cash will be accepted at the sale, and the closest ATMs are at the banks in Pottsville Park Plaza. Luckily, a handful of change will go a long way.
“Please bring cash; small bills are always appreciated,” Joyce said.
The books are organized in such away as to be easy to find either by author or genre.
“Non- fiction is the area where the book dealers go along with many avid readers. History, classics, sports, hobbies are all sections that drawpeople,” Joyce said.
“Fiction always goes verywell. We have it sorted by the first letter in the author’s last name. We get numerous copies of authors such as Tom Clancy, Mary Higgins Clark, Clive Cussler, so those have been pulled and grouped together. Miscellaneous authors thatwe only get a few copies of such as Chelsea Cain, Caleb Carr are together following the pulled authors.”
The newlocation lends itself to parking between center court and the former Wells Fargo bank, and limited parking will be available near the back of the mall toward its office for those planning to buy
several boxes of books, with the proceeds going toward Newspapers in Education, which provides educational materials and newsprint to local schools.
“We provided 296,698 newspapers for area educators during the 2016- 17 school year,” Joyce said, adding that readers “are very generous with their book donations,” therefore boosting the amount of potential sales, and, in turn, the amount of material to be given to thankful students and educators.
“The students and teachers in the social studies programs at STC- North and STC- South campus have been using newspapers for current events assignments, discussions and activities since at least 2007. They are very beneficial in exposing the students to relevant topics locally, nationally and worldwide in the 21st century,” according to Bill Mack, social studies teacher at Schuylkill Technology Center-North.
“I use the newspapers in my economics classes to discuss current events. My students have to do aweekly article on an economic issue and the newspapers are a great resource for them,” Jane Ulsh, a teacher at Schuylkill Haven Area Middle School, said.
“Our Special Education ( Life Skills) use the classified ads, the Sunday store fliers and coupon booklets for helping understand everyday skills such as seeking employment, building menus and shopping for great deals on food or appliances theymay need in daily living, Dottie Miller, library/ media aide at North Schuylkill High School, said.
“Other departments will use Kid Scoop for teaching their students. Social Studies use them for current event articles. Consumer economics, business and our technology club use the classifieds and the financial section to learn about stock investments, apartment hunting, employment, building budgets.”
Miller said the Life Skills students also deliver the papers everymorning to the classrooms which allowthem to socialize with teachers and students they would not normally see during the day because of their schedules.
“All of our teachers must teach content non- fiction reading and newspaper articles are perfect for this purpose,” she said.
Joyce said shewould like to thank those that contribute year after year. She said these sales would not be possible without their generous support.
“Our shoppers have become friends we look forward to seeing each year,” Joyce said.
Formore information, visit the book sale’s website at http:// niebooksale. weebly. com, TheRepublican- Herald’s Facebook page or call the paper’s office at 570- 622- 3456.
Brandy Lewis, left, Pottsville, and Dr. Frank Zarutskie, Frackville, search for books at last year’s The Republican- Herald’s Newspaper in Education Used Book Sale. This year’s sale will be held from 10 a. m. to 8 p. m. Jan. 12 and 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Jan. 13 at the former Write- Craft store in Fairlane Village mall, Pottsville.