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KES kids discover world of reading at fall book fair


Michelle Bieber is all smiles at the book fair on Monday, Oct. 1.


A selection of over 600 books was available for sale to the students of the Katonah Elementary School at its fall book fair this week, to help raise money for the Parent Teacher Organization.

“One of the things we’re promoting are more nonfiction books,” said book fair co-chairwoman Michelle Bieber. “We have some books on the presidents, some books on the election.”

Some of the nonfiction displayed in the book fair included the “Who Was” biography series published by Penguin Books, which includes historic figures such as George Washington and Eleanor Roosevelt and modern-day innovators like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney.

Students would shop for books by filling a wish list while browsing the fair. The children would then bring the list home to their parents, who would make the decision to buy any books. Parents also had the decision to buy books for their child’s classroom. Ms. Bieber said the majority of the student body at Katonah Elementary, totaling over 400 children, end up purchasing books from the fair.

Kate Eberhardt, a book fair co-chairwoman, said a historical fiction series is becoming popular with children. The “I Survived” books, written by Lauren Tarshis, feature fictional accounts of real-life disasters, including the Sept. 11 attacks and the sinking of the Titanic.

Ms. Bieber said novel series such as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney, a series about a child surviving middle school, benefit from having films released about them.

“I think kids see it and they recognize it,” she said.

However, Ms. Eberhardt said having film adaptations did not benefit the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling and published by Scholastic, novels notably absent at a book fair dominated by Scholastic titles.

“The movies are out,” she said. “It kind of takes away the desire to read it.”

A few book series have survived long runs on the shelf, such as the Animorphs novel series by K. A. Applegate, first published in 1996, about teens who have gained the power to transform into animals. Another series, Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey, first published in 1997, depicts a hypnotized elementary school principal who masquerades in his underwear as a superhero.

Ms. Bieber said the Captain Underpants series is too silly for her.

“I can’t bring myself to buy that for my kids,” she said.

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October 5, 2012

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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