“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”- Kate DiCamillo
NIS-American knows how important reading is, to its students, and that is why they are handing them the “precious gift” through the annual book fair at the First Settlement campus. The book fair took place from the 4th – 6th of November during the school day.
The location was strategic; booths were stationed around the playground and were visible for everyone. This long-awaited, three-day event was sponsored by Diwan Bookstore, Dar el Shorouk, GOETHE Institut, Kidreadz, Adam Bookshop, and EMCO.
Students and faculty had the opportunity to visit the fair from 8:00 am until 2:50 pm; parents were also encouraged to visit the different booths with their children from 3:00 pm until 3:30 pm. In order to ensure that each student had the opportunity to benefit from the event, a schedule was meticulously put together with a designated time for each class to tour the book fair and carefully search for books that interest them.
After the success of the Shorouk campus book fair, Mr. Tamer Abdullah, The Head of Libraries at NIS, curated an Egyptian-themed book fair under the close supervision and encouragement of Dr. Fadia Atef, our NIS Superintendent. According to Abdullah, the school hosted the three-day event as means to encourage students to read. By offering a wide variety of books at a discount reaching up to 20%, students would be motivated to make a purchase.
According to tenth grader, Riham Nazih Saber, “the school is offering a great opportunity...”
The books were carefully chosen to appeal to the different divisions and age groups on campus. Sponsors provided books in Arabic, English and German; Abdullah ensured that there would be something of interest for everyone. Different people were asked for their opinions regarding the book fair. “The book fair has a wide variety of books and was very well managed and organized,” said tenth grader Saif Ashraf.
By adding their newest sponsor, GOETHE Institut, NIS made this book fair different that all previous ones. GOETHE Institut were not selling books, instead they were promoting their e-library where students can read books online. They even gave the IB students a lecture on how to use the e-library as a future aid for finding sources for any writing assignments.
Not only students and faculty benefit from the book fair, but NIS as well. The school will receive a percentage of the sponsors’ profit in the form of books which will be placed in the school library and available for the NIS community.