Tropical flavour to fair

YOU could be mistaken for landing on a Hawaiian island oasis at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School as their book fair washed upon Mount Isa shores yesterday.

The event, which started yesterday, has seen the penola centre at the school transformed into a hawaiian luau paradise.

Teacher-librarian Terri Purkis said two weeks had gone into preparations, organisation and implementation to transform the penola centre’s stage for the annual book fair.

“A theme is set every year by Scholastic and we decorate the school according to the theme they set each year,” she said.

Mrs Purkis said the event, which was open to all students, showcased popular Australian authors and illustrators.

With e-books rising in popularity, Mrs Purkis said the viability of hard copy books in the library wasn’t a worry in the world for students at the school.

“It’s not a massive issue for students at the school, they are all still going for the tactile choices of hardcover books,” she said.

“E-books haven’t affected us in anyway at all.”

The Book Fair usually sells around $10,000 worth of books each year and from these sales the school receives a commission to assist with library resource purchasing.

“Last year we raised $13,000 and this year we aim to put some of the money toward twelve computers in the library,” Mrs Purkis said.

The fair will be held on weekdays until Tuesday, July 31.

The event is open for members of the public to attend at their late night sessions from 5 to 6pm tonight and next Tuesday evening.

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