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Book Fair Tip #6–Know the location of every item in the take-home flyer.

Again, I am going by Scholastic book fairs on this one. Other book fairs may or may not provide book fair flyers; I have only used Scholastic. If your fair does not provide a take-home flyer, you might consider making one to highlight some of your favorite book fair offerings.

About the flyer

“My son asked me to get him some snake book from the book fair. It was in the flyer. Can you help me find it?”

Approximately six weeks before the Scholastic book fair, the “book fair chairperson” will receive a large box with book fair promotional materials.

Included in this book fair set up kit are beautiful flyers that showcase some of the book fair items. Scholastic provides these flyers based on the school enrollment as listed in your chairperson profile on their website. That said, I almost always have to request additional flyers. These full-color flyers are designed to SELL. Scholastic usually sends additional quantities of the items listed in the flyer because you will need them.

Record item locations on a couple of flyers.

“I wanted to get that book with the wolf on the cover. It was blue, with big wolf eyes. It was in the flyer. You know what I’m talking about, right?”

Students, teachers, and parents will ask the location of books in the flyer, and some students will need to look at a flyer to remember which book they wanted.

As you set-up your fair, go through the fair and locate all the items that are on two or three take-home flyers. I learned the hard way that one is not enough (it went missing, then we had to do it again!). Use a sharpie to write the case or table number for each item on a couple of flyers. Keep the flyers by the register for quick reference when a student or parent is looking for a specific item.

As you record the location of each item, take a minute to check your stock levels. The items in the flyer tend to be very popular, and Scholastic does allow librarians to place restock orders just prior to your fair.

Previous book fair tips:

1. Request early fair delivery to add more time to your fair.
2. Abolish preview day! 
3. Set clear guidelines for teachers wanting to send individual students to the book fair. 
4. Watch your book fair video and give students a chance to watch it. 
5. Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

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