By: Brianna Rodriguez ’20
On December 7, 2019, the Passaic Valley Education Foundation hosted its first book fair at the Woodland Park Barnes and Noble, with earnings contributing to the renovation of the library. From December 7-11, students and staff were able to support the cause both in-store and online by purchasing items using a specific bookfair ID code at checkout.
Throughout the day, students and staff entertained shoppers and called attention to the fundraiser through various events. The Interact Club and Literary Club hosted storytime in the children’s section of the store. Students read picture books aloud to youngsters in the community in a morning and afternoon session. Mark Huggins ’19 and Mia Preziosi ’19 performed holiday songs in the toy section. Preziosi sang as Huggins played keyboard and contributed additional vocals. The performance was well received by shoppers, many of whom thought the songs were coming from the store radio. Two students from Ms. Carrie Ingraham’s classes, Nick Minadeo ’19 (Cartooning) and Dante Blucher ’19 (Portfolio Honors), showed off and produced original artwork for onlookers in front of the storytelling podium in the children’s section. Finally, cheerleaders performed in the toy section to close out the event.
Ms. Yvonne Migliaccio, retired teacher, was inspired to organize the book fair due to her time as interim librarian earlier this year. “While serving as the librarian, I noticed many things that could be done to make the library more welcoming,” she explained. “I was in Barnes and Noble one day, talking with the staff about the library and its need for a face lift. That’s when one of the assistant managers mentioned the book fair.”
Ms. Migliaccio brought the idea to the Passaic Valley Education Foundation and plans began immediately. The Foundation received a portion of all items sold using the ID. Totals are still being calculated.