PE Library Assistant Goes Above & Beyond For School Book Fair

PE Book Fair
Posted on 11/02/2017
library assistant wearing cowboy hat, vest, and sheriff badgePeralta Elementary School went wild for reading for this year's Scholastic Book Fair and it is all thanks to Library Assistant Karen Bonanno.

"Ms. Bonanno goes above and beyond each year to publicize and celebrate the book fair," said Erica Hidalgo, Director of Elementary Programs at Los Lunas Schools.

This year's theme for the book fair was "Wild West Book Fair-Saddle Up and Read!"

"The Scholastic company sends us the theme and a workbook of ideas to use when decorating," Ms. Bonanno explained. "I start putting the decorations together about three to four weeks before the fair is set to begin."

And Ms. Bonanno goes all out with the decorations. This year she transformed the library into the Wild West, complete with a "Reading Society" section, a cantina, and a general store. She also decorated the entrance to the library to look like a saloon door.

For Ms. Bonanno, it's a labor of love.

"The decorations get the students excited about the Book Fair and remind them that it is on the way," she said.

She also wore a different western costume each day of the Book Fair, including as a sheriff with a cowboy hat, a vest, and a badge.

"The students like to see what I come up with and they also give suggestions as to what they think I should wear," she stated.  She said the parents and students enjoy it. "This year they called me "The Book Fair Sheriff!"

Ms. Bonanno says it's worth the hard work.

"I started decorating and wearing costumes for the Book Fairs about ten years ago," she explained.

The effort has literally paid off for Peralta Elementary. "The librarian that was here at Peralta at that time wanted us to enter a contest that Scholastic was holding. We decorated, got volunteers, held special events and I wore a costume. We put together a scrapbook and sent it in. We won $2500 worth of books!"

While PE has not entered anymore contests, Ms. Bonanno continues to decorate and dress up, not only to get the students excited about the fair, but also to inspire a love for reading.
library entrance with saloon door general store and cantina
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