By Robin Hendricks, Maddie Mason, Lacee Getter
Memories of leaving class, paging through stories and comparing a new book with friends like its a Halloween treat trickle into students’ minds in anticipation of this elementary school tradition brought back to life once again.
This year, Dutch Fork’s literary magazine Revelations deviates from the normal fundraising tactics to bring students a taste of something they have been sorely missing since the start of 2014: Barnes and Noble.
“First it was [a] surprise [when I learned we would have a book fair], then I got ecstatic! It’s been a pretty long time since that kind of event has been available,” senior Jacob Otis said. “I really miss the Barnes and Noble being on Harbison, so I thought, ‘Yes! I can buy in bulk!’”
The popular study spot and coffee crutch closed at the beginning of the new year, making way for Columbia’s new Nordstrom Rack which opened in November. Across the street, Books-A-Million had left to be replaced with Second and Charles, which–despite its multitude of novels–is not known as the place to go for newly released books.
“I was really excited because I haven’t been to a book fair since elementary school,” junior Caroline Burdett said, “and there aren’t many chances to look at new books since both of the book stores in Columbia shut down!”
The literary magazine is using this Barnes and Noble sponsored bookfair to gain more funds to improve the magazine. The primary goal for this year’s issue: full color.
“First and foremost: colour printing. I know everyone in Lit Mag is dying to finally have it in our magazine this year,” Jacob said. “It’s nice to see all of the details of the artwork people took so much effort and time into making.”
Bringing back the book fair will not only raise money, but hopefully bring back appreciation for books and different kinds of literature, also.
“I hope it will bring back a [sense] of excitement and appreciation for literature like there was in elementary school with the scholastic book fair,” senior art editor Bethany Aiken said.
Having the book fair during school hours will give the students a chance to enjoy it and be able to find and purchase a few new books.
“In my personal opinion, I feel it is a better/easier way to get more students involved; it will be during the school when more students will have a chance to participate and look around,” Caroline said.
With the fundraiser so close to the holidays, the students who participate in the book fair will be able to save time by getting their Christmas gifts early.
“[I was] super duper excited. Now I don’t have to go shopping after school for Christmas gifts. Saves a lot of time in my busy schedule,” Zoey said.
The literary magazine staff encourages anyone who has interest in the club to join.
“I love it. I joined because I have never done anything in publication and figured, ‘It’s my senior year, why not!’ Best decision ever. Everyone is a bunch of goofs, but we all get serious when we have to and enjoy bringing together all different forms of media.” Jacob said. “It also gives me a chance to see the applications of different programs like InDesign as well as be creative, throwing out ideas that we all stew over to see where they go.”