A good book

NIE book sale moves to Fair­lane Vil­lage mall

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR

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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.

DAVE MCK­E­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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