Library helping library

CHAZY - In the community of Chazy, libraries help each other out.

For the last three years, Karen Pepper, librarian at the Chazy Central Rural Elementary School, has been helping out various organizations through the Scholastic Book Fair. This year, she chose to help a fellow library.

Pepper explained Scholastic, a children's publishing company, has a program called "One for Books," which encourages students to raise funds to buy books from the book fair.

Classrooms throughout the school worked to raise donations, which totaled nearly $250, and purchase books for the Chazy Public Library.

"This year I thought, 'Why not support the local community and have it benefit another library,'" Pepper explained.

On the final day of the book fair, which was held in November, Chazy Public Library director Francie Fairchild came over and chose the books she knew she needed for the library.

"I've gone over to Scholastic and bought things for the library before," Fairchild explained, "but this was really lovely."

Pepper also had a special contest amongst the classrooms, with the one to raise the most money being allowed to bring the books over to Fairchild at the library.

"Mrs. [Sandra] Walsh's fifth grade class raised the most money," said Pepper. "I believe they had over $50 in their room alone."

On Dec. 2, students in Walsh's classroom walked across the street to the public library to deliver Fairchild 30 children's books.

"That was special," Fairchild said of having the students bring her the books. "That is such a nice class."

To make the short field trip more special, the students walked from the current library to the location of the future library on Fiske Road.

"I think it's important that the children see [the new library]," Pepper said. "Just showing them where the new location is going to be might [make it] easier for some of them to access."

Utilizing Scholastic to help the public library is something Pepper saw as a "win-win situation."

"We got sales from the books that she purchased, we raised money for her library, and Scholastic, for however much money you raise, they make donations," Pepper said, adding two books are given to various organizations or charities for every dollar raised.

"Mrs. Fairchild works so hard in the public library and does a wonderful job," added Pepper. "I'm really looking forward to working more closely with her."

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