supports budding authors
Express Staff Writer
books. It seems a fair trade and, in fact, while benefiting the children
of Hemingway Elementary School, it’s a great opportunity for those
lovers of the old-fashioned pleasures—readers.
Hemingway Used Book Sale, today through Friday at the school in Ketchum,
benefits the Hemingway Publishing House.
parent volunteers, the Publishing House types up stories written by
students and binds them to produce hundreds of original books each year.
come into the Publishing House office, a closet-sized utility room just
off the lobby at Hemingway, and dictate what jacket design and colors they
want for their masterpieces and whether they will be bound stitched or
accordion style. On the author’s page—with photo—there is a small
blurb about each one. The youths even make dedications to siblings,
parents, friends and animals.
1990 by elementary teachers Elaine Redman, Leslie Wilde, Janet Cantor and
Jana Fitzpatrick, they worked out the system and then trained parents,
in-service, who’d been recruited from their home rooms.
had seen one in California in action. She brought back the idea and we
changed it the way we wanted it," said second-grade teacher Redman.
"The reason we started it was to validate kid’s writing, to feel
like real authors. It’s the carrot. It gets kids to write."
she said, some kids learn to read through their own writing. For someone
struggling to read, it’s a life saver. "Reading and writing go
hand-in-hand," Redman said.
wallpaper and cloth covers, glue, and binding materials cost money. So, to
facilitate the publishing house, the book sale took form.
At the sale
this week, one can find all sorts of books, said Pamela Collins. A parent
volunteer, she has been storing donated tomes in her garage for much of
to my husband’s dismay," she said. "He’s been looking
forward to this week."
Many of the
books are brand new, she said. There are "Log Home Books,"
signed by the author, Wood River resident Cindy Theide, self-help books
and books in the Tom Clancy vein. The children’s books are great for
summer reading and many are the same as in the school library, which means
they’re part of the Accelerated Reader program. They are all good
quality, and the ones that "aren’t on such good quality, we’ll
bring out on Friday and give away or donate the leftovers."
available are CDs, children’s videos, and "cookbooks galore,"