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Cultivating a Love of Reading at Saint Victor School

A Kindergartener and his younger sibling pose with school Librarian Joanie Passalacqua at Saint Victor’s “Bookaneer” Book Fair.

Joanie Passalacqua, Saint Victor’s Librarian, has been running Book Fairs for 27 years and according to her, “they never get old.” This year, Scholastic advertised the book fair with a pirate theme calling it the “Bookaneer” book fair. To build up excitement for the event, Mrs. Passalacqua told students their “pirate names” during Library visits. She also held two contests. The first was a pirate drawing contest involving students in grades K-8. The second contest involved guessing how many chocolate gold coins were in a treasure chest. In the drawing contest, a winner was chosen from each grade. The chocolate gold coin guessing contest drew a lot of attention from the student body. The final winner, was a fourth grader, Gianna Yang, whose guess was only off by one!

The book fair was held during Parent Teacher Conference Week. This gave families time to browse and shop in between meetings with teachers. On October 21, Mrs. Passalacqua and a team of parents held a Family Shopping Night complete with games, prizes, refreshments, and a story time. Students were even encouraged to come dressed as pirates. Proceeds from the Scholastic Book Fair help to support the Saint Victor School Library Program. Mrs. Passalacqua makes the book fair a lot of fun and explains that “our students love to read, so the book fair is always very successful.”

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