Western holds Children’s and Young Adult Literature Book Sale
Students, teachers and literature lovers alike attended the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Book Sale on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1 in Wilson Library.
With thousands of books for sale, ranging from $1 to $5, all the proceeds fund student scholarships from the 15th annual Children’s Literature Conference, held on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The conference, which raised over $6,000 last year, brings together students, readers and writers to learn about children’s literature.
The coordinator of the conference is English professor Nancy Johnson. Johnson had the idea to start the conference 15 years ago while at a dinner sitting next to Suzanne Collins, the author of “The Hunger Games” series. This got her thinking about how she would like to bring some of these really awesome authors to Bellingham, Johnson said.
“Every year we bring four authors and/or illustrators,” Johnson said. “We always try to cover all the bases with people who write for young to people who write for teens. I want to share the wealth of literature with people who are geeky about it as well.”
It took two years to get the initial funding before they were able to hold the first conference. Since 2002, they have been held every year.
Alyssa Parris is a volunteer at the fair and an aspiring English teacher who wanted to get some books to start her library. Parris walked out extremely content with a bag loaded with books, she said.
“It’s all to benefit the Children’s Literature Conference, which I hope to attend,” Parris said. “It was fun getting to help people find books. A lot of people were looking for Christmas presents for kids and family members.”
Volunteer coordinator Mckenzie Grenz hopes to attend the conference this February, as well, and loves her position
“I’m really passionate about books and it’s nice to give people books they are looking for,” Grenz said. “There’s a reader in everybody, and even if you don’t think you like books, there’s a book out there for you.”