"I had a Backyard Book Fair at my school for the first time
during the school year 2004-2005. I was especially pleased
with all aspects of the Fair- the way it was conducted, the
set-up, the materials available for sale, and especially
the personalities of the folks who hosted the fair. I used
it for a fund-raiser and I was very pleased with the fact
that I did not have to make a set amount of sales before
I could get cash instead of books. I would recommend the
Backyard Book Fair for any school in this area. "
Nancy B. Grubb, Librarian
Bulls Gap School, Bulls Gap, TN
"This is the first time in 12 years that I feel like the
book fair worked for me and not me working for
Scholastic - without pay"***They DO ALL THE WORK
setting up/taking down Handling all the oney/checks/credit
cards etc. Tell the students where the items are located, how
to find the prices, how to fill out a wish list and will "fill" all
the library time if needed. Will work whenever you want it
open for however long you want it open.
Provides a guest author - free of charge - if requested
Will figure up all your paper work and your amounts
in books/cash for you.
***Great interaction with the students!"
Bonny Kate Elementary Librarian
After one book fair with Backyard Book Fair, I never went back to the
other (Scholastic). Even after several conferences with the other guys
(Scholastic), they simply could not offer me what BBF does—a wonderful
selection of books that students and librarians get excited about; complete
set-up and take-down; and full-service running of the fair—with personality
and a smile! The BBF folks handle all purchases from customers, re-stocking
of fair items, and closing of the book fair. They introduce each class to the
fair as they help the students fill out their wish lists. They are great with kids
and really know how to encourage excitement about books. Whereas I used
to dread all the work associated with book fairs, I am now excited about them.
I know that the many burdens of a typical fair--setting up, taking down,
restocking, handling the money, filling out wish lists, finding volunteers
to help, all while trying to continue to run the school library—are no longer
mine to bear alone. With BBF, running the book fair is their job, which
frees me up to do mine; this makes the fairs so much better run,
not to mention much more enjoyable.
Since 2006, the BBF folks have become part of our school family. Students
and teachers alike look forward to their biannual appearance not only because
they will undoubtedly bring awesome books, but also because the return of our
friends brings an energy and excitement to the building. Shifting all book fair
business to BBF was one of the best decisions I ever made for my library!