Smothers Park School Book Fair | Local news


For the first time in its history, Smothers Park will host a School Book Fair starting Monday at Allen Street Pavilion.

The book fair, which ends on June 18, will take place daily from 10 a.m. to noon.

Visitors to the riverside fair will be able to choose from material for all reading levels. The books available range from classics that have passed through the generations to the last on the bestseller list.

Books purchased during the Book Fair will be used to purchase new books for the Library Book House in Smothers Park.

While Owensboro Parks and Recreation traditionally holds an annual book fair, this usually takes place in the administration building.

Owensboro Parks and Recreation has been involved in community literacy for several years, with a free lending library installed at Smothers Park in 2015 by Tyler Belcher as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The library allows community members to borrow a book and return it when finished, or to donate other books for the benefit of the community.

There are currently four small free libraries located in Owensboro at 1733 Tamarack Road, 3323 Hummingbird Loop South, along Wintergreen North and Smothers Park.

For more than 30 years, Scholastic Book Fairs have transported their suitcases full of books and other reading materials to gyms, auditoriums and other public spaces to create a mobile bookstore for children of all ages.

According to its website, each year Scholastic Book Fairs sells “more than 100 million books to 35 million children and their families, visiting more than 120,000 fairs in kindergartens, elementary and middle schools around the world.”

Scholastic Book Fairs are active in all 50 states as well as Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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