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School Carnival Guide

If you school has an annual carnival or festival, the School Carnival Guide will help your event to be a great success. This is a book authored by Jim Berigan, who for over a year wrote for the Top School Fundraisers blog.  Now he’s on his own and focusing on helping schools fundraise with carnivals.

This guide contains many practical tips on how to make your next carnival a success. Jim provides advice based on his own experience and from those of other school volunteers like you. Besides just planning the carnival, the book helps you reach the goal of making the carnival a great school fundraiser.

This book will save you lots of time and add a fresh, creative twist to your event. Check it out: the School Carnival Guide

Ohio Dominion Middle School Holds Mega Media Sale Fundraiser

The Dominion Middle School of Columbus, Ohio was weary of sending their students out with door-to-door fundraisers. They decided they wanted to try something different.

They created the school’s first ever Mega Media Sale. Volunteers and students have been working since October to collect and sort books, movies, comic books and video games to make the sale a success.

The sale will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the school from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..

“In the past, we’ve done typical fundraisers, where the kids go out and sell wrapping paper or something,” said PTSO vice president Laura Beardsley, who organized the sale. “We, as parents, were tired of that.”

Prices are very appealing for customers. Paperback books are two for $1, hardcover books are $2 and up, children’s books are five for $1 and DVDs and CD are $1 to $2. The sale will also feature a silent auction with items donated by the community.

The sale is Dominion’s main fundraiser. Funds raised will help fund contest entry fees for the music program and also permit teachers to buy classroom supplies, and also bring in artists to speak to the students.

Source: ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Our Lady of Elms Holds 21st Annual Author! Author! Fundraiser in Akron, OH

Our Lady of the Elms begin their Author! Author! fundraiser on Wednesday, September 26th. This is their 21st Author! Author! event and funds raised will benefit scholarships for the Akron, Ohio school. To date the series has raised more than $400,000 for student scholarships.

The event is held in the high school auditorium. There is a luncheon and the author speaks. The event is followed by a book signing and dessert. To attend a single event is $25. To attend the entire series is $65. To attend only the lecture and cook signing is $15 for one event and $35 for the entire series.

There are also patron packages that include preferred seating and being listed in the program. Patron tickets are available for $100.

The authors for this year’s series are:

September 26th: Brain Groh, Summer People; Bonnie Bajorek Daneker, The Compassionate Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone With Cancer.

October 24th: Robert Olmstead, Coal Black Horse; Russ Musarra and Chuck Ayers, Walks Around Akron: Rediscovering a City in Transition; Betsy Carter, Swim to Me.

November 14th: Dalia Sofer, The Septembers of Shiraz; Mary Ann Winkowski, When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spiritgs; Connie Schults, And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man.


Scholastic Bookfairs Fundraisers A Great Success

A Bookfair is an Excellent Way to Raise Funds

A Scholastic Bookfair can be a great way for a school to earn much-needed funds for their programs. Just about everyone loves Scholastic Books. A bookfair can help your students and families create home libraries of books that they will enjoy. It is also a terrific way to build your classroom or school libraries.

There are many benefits to hosting a bookfair at your school. Most importantly, it encourages children to read books that they will enjoy for fun and pleasure and the joy of learning. A bookfair can also be a wonderful opportunity to develop a larger library of books for your school or classroom library through encouraging classroom or school donations. A bookfair generates community participation and interest on many levels, as children of all ages will show interest in reading books at a bookfair. Finally, a bookfair is a great way for a school to raise funds for its school while also encouraging learning in a fun and interesting way.

If you host a Scholastic bookfair your school can earn cash, books, reward bonuses or Instructional Resource Catalog Profits (vouchers to select educational tools or books). No matter what you choose, you will certainly benefit your school in every way simply by holding the bookfair.

Scholastic Bookfairs Give Great Step-by-Step Guides To Help Schools

The best thing about a Scholastic Bookfair is that they offer instructional guides to show you step by step how to manage your bookfair. These guides cover every topic you can think of, and all that you need is at your fingertips. The guides help you to save time and they show you what other schools have done to be successful. There is a guide for Families, for the Principal, for the Librarian and for Teachers. Each guide offers specific and valuable resources that will help these families, professionals and educators make the most of the bookfair for their school.

At the Scholastic website the Principal’s Guide has a Resources section with “copy and paste resources” about reading that can be sent home in anticipation of the bookfair. These resources include “10 Ways to Nurture a Lifelong Love of Readings” and “Connecting with Advanced Readers”. There are more than fifteen copy and paste documents that can be added to flyers, newsletters or other documents that a Principal can send home. There are also research and industry links about reading that cover topics of interest. This section is excellent because sending a flyer or some sort of communication home about the bookfair is critical, and these resources offer lots of interesting information that the Principal can include to make it unique for your school.

The Principal’s guide section also includes Success Stories to inspire. They offer other interesting ways a Principal can consider interacting with Scholastic for a positive educational experience. One such story is from Donna Barton, Principal of St. Joseph Montessori School of Columbus, Ohio. The fifth graders at this school won the grand prize for the nonfiction 2006 Scholastic Book Fair Kids Are Authors competition. They wrote a book about riddles called “What Do You Call a Rhyming Riddle? A Hinky Pinky?” The students had a terrific time collaborating on their book and creating fun riddles. Apparently they were very pleased they won the grand prize, but they had so much fun working together on the project — that the prize was less of a motivation than simply working together and sharing ideas. Stories like this work to inspire fellow Principals to participate in other Scholastic events such as the Kids Are Authors competition, or the Klutz Build-a-Book Event also held by Scholastic for younger children.

The Teacher’s Guide section includes lesson plans based on specific books published by Scholastic. Students are encouraged to name their favorite character based on Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson in one of the lesson plans. There are also printable “wish list” sheets to help a teacher build their classroom library through classroom, school and family donations.

There is also a discussion board for teachers to connect with other teachers around the country to discuss bookfairs, lesson plans and classroom libraries. This is a wonderful resource as teachers can “bounce” great ideas off of each other.

The guide for Families encourages families not to miss the bookfair because it is a wonderful opportunity for them to obtain books at a great discount and to encourage their child reach higher with their reading skills. There are printable resources about children and reading. These are according to age groups and offer tips on finding the best books for your children.

To learn more about holding a bookfair, visit the Scholastic website.

How To Publicize a Used Book Sale Fundraiser On The Cheap

old-bookUsed book sales are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for nonprofits to raise money for their organization. Friends of the Library groups have been doing this for some time, but now groups such as Planned Parenthood and the American Association of University Women hold regular, successful book sales. Of course, behind every successful book sale is a solid marketing campaign.

Keys to planning the marketing strategy for your book sale:

• Create a webpage specifically for your own sale, preferably host it on your organization’s website.
• Market not just the sale, but also for donations.

• In this case, an inch deep and a mile wide is the best strategy – cover all possible markets, do not rely on one place to market your sale.
• Have a cause! If you a part of the Friends of the Library group, add what the funds will go toward (or have went toward in the past). If you are another nonprofit, what program will these funds help?

Places to market your book sale:

Book Sale Scout ( – Book Sale Scout is the net’s only searchable book sale directory. It’s professional service and appearance matches your professional needs perfectly. Basic sale listings are free and, for bigger sales, our paid advertisement options are the cheapest out there.

Craigslist ( – Don’t deny the power of Craigslist to promote ANYTHING.

Freecycle ( – Freecycle is a great program that is run in a ton of local areas through an email mailing list. Basically you can post things to give away or request free things. The moderation is pretty heavy on these lists, for good reason, but I talked with a few moderators who said a WANTED ad for used books would be permitted. This is a good way to drum up some more books for your book sale. I think book sales underutilize this tool.

Submit a press release ( – PRWeb offers free press releases, which would be perfect for book sales. You’re probably not going to drum up any news stories from their free press releases, but it does help get notification of your sale out on the web.

AdWords ( – Promoting a book sale on Google, using their Cost-per-click system, may not be for every sale, but it definitely would be worthwhile for events with gross sales of $10,000 or more. There are only a few book sales currently promoting on AdWords and they are very large. For most sales, including the large ones, it is most wise to limit your campaign to a local area. Also, you’ll want only to run your campaign on keywords that wouldn’t already bring up your sale webpage or notification.

Post at Upcoming ( Another free resource for posting and finding events (works best in urban centers)

-Post on the Amazon or other bookseller discussion boards – Booksellers love a good book sale and they are going to be the ones who really drop the money at your sale and, perhaps more importantly, clear out much of your stock.

– Free classifieds – There are a variety of local newspapers who offer free classifieds, if space permits. In Washington, DC, the City Paper does so. A great way to promote book sales in print (off the internet)

– Use organization newsletters and boards – This may be a no-brainer, but I definitely remember stumbling upon a book sale at my own public library, without even knowing it. Don’t forget to get the word out their in your organization’s newsletter, bulletin board, website, wherever!

– Hold your sale during a larger event – This way is the best, because you do not need to do anything extra. If you plan your book sale during a town’s garage sale days or community fair, you automatically get indirect advertising for your sale from this event.

– Get creative! Now, the return on time invested begins to dwindle here, but start Googling things like “post an event” and your city. Or “community calendar” and your city.

About the author:
Lucas R Ames is the owner of LRABooks , an independent company providing services to the online bookselling community. Mr. Ames has been in the online bookselling business for 10 years. The company’s latest endeavor, Book Sale Scout, is the net’s first searchable book sale directory. Mr. Ames also is the editor of the Bookselling Online Blog.

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