ROCKFORD - Amboy High School’s annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair started in 2008 as a way to get a few new books on the shelves of the high school library at no cost to the district. Five years later, the Bookfair has turned into an annual tradition for AHS students and their families while enhancing the library with thousands of dollars in reading material.
The 5th annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Cherry Vale Mall in Rockford. Organized by school librarian Mary Jo Zinke, this year’s Bookfair will again include features such as gift-wrapping done by student groups and music provided by the AHS chorus. Another highlight of the day will be from noon-2 p.m. when AHS senior football players will be on hand to read to children while their parents shop.
Zinke, who started the Bookfairs five years ago, said she has been overwhelmed by the support the events have received. “We did over $13,000 worth of business last year,” she said. “Every year it has gone up. It’s unbelievable how many in the community come out.”