Vail Mountain School book fair begins Monday |

Vail Mountain School book fair begins Monday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Words, words, words. This is the theme for Vail Mountain School’s 2009 Book Fair.

The public is welcome to peruse the school’s fair beginning Monday and throughout the week. There will be children’s and adults’ current and best-selling books, with displays of holiday, history, reference, and sports books. Plus, there will be the ever-popular faculty and staff recommendations. All proceeds from the event benefit the school’s library.

The book fair is an annual tradition, which began in the mid-1980s. Ginny Crowley was the school’s first librarian.

“One of my favorite moments of each book fair was when the teachers brought their classes through to peruse the titles,” Crowley says. “I always enjoyed listening to the teachers and students sharing their enthusiasm for their favorite titles and authors.”

Students create a wish list in hopes of receiving the latest of the Magic Tree House Series or the newest of the many delightful picture books, for instance.

Another time-honored tradition of the book fair is the “Food for Thought Luncheon,” which takes place mid-week . Guests are invited to a luncheon in the school’s dining room, where they enjoy a s meal, conversations on literature and more – and being served by young students. This year’s luncheon is already sold out.

Lorraine Haslee has been the school’s librarian since 1997.

“This event is a wonderful example of the community’s support and generosity, as well as everyone’s love of books and literature,” she says.

Parents volunteer throughout the book fair. Vail Mountain School moms Deb Shay and Lauren Huffman are this year’s co-chairs.

Shay, Huffman, Haslee, and others tailor their inventory every year to keep the fair “fresh” and provide new and pertinent titles.

“You will still find classics, reference materials, great cookbooks,” Shay says. “We pride ourselves on trying to create the best book fair in Eagle County.”

The book fair is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school in East Vail. For more information, call 970-476-3850.

Want to see your byline on this page? Write about something you think is newsworthy and send it to Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at, or call her at 748-2983 for details.

Support Local Journalism