Creekside Curiosity Center & Boulder Bookstore Partner for Book Fair
The Boulder Book Store is trying to increase partnerships with local schools with their own version of a Book Fair. The Creekside Curiosity Center was happy to host the first Boulder Book Store Book Fair during fall parent teacher conferences. For those of you interested in trying something other than Scholastic, here is some helpful information:
- The fairs do not have a theme and they do not come with any decorations. You provide your own book displays and theme (if desired).
- The inventory includes books, books, and more books: there are no toys, trinkets, or posters. This is probably a pro for some and a con for others!
- You are able to specify which types of books you want, including Spanish titles, and the restock process was easy and quick.
- The overall quality of the books was much, much higher than what I’ve experienced with Scholastic. There was much more variety and a lot of brand new titles, which students and their families loved.
- The books were more expensive than Scholastic books. There were some less expensive options, but there weren’t any dollar books. That being said, we made the same profit as we did the previous year with a Scholastic Book Fair, so parents and students still shopped!
- At least one Boulder Book Store employee helps with the setup and breakdown of the book fair, as well as cashiering if/when needed.
- The register system was much less cumbersome than Scholastic (though I’ve heard they have new registers): Boulder Book Store uses a tablet system. You do need Wi-Fi, and be sure to ask for the tablet password prior to the start of the fair!
- The commission from book sales can be taken as cash (20% of pre-tax sales) or in books (30% of pre-tax sales).
- The in-school fair can be complemented with an in-store fair during the same week. Books purchased in the store will also go toward the commission: 10% if cash and 15% if store credit.