Russell Books is excited to team up with local schools across Victoria to host school fairs! We love to see a passion for books being passed onto the next generation of young readers. If you are a teacher, librarian, or school administrator, read on for more information on how our fairs work.

Our Approach

Here at Russell Books we are passionate about reading and literacy, and getting affordable books into the hands of those who need and want them. We believe that reading and storytelling are an essential part of children’s lives, and that the magic of the school book fair is an exciting and special way to impart a passion for books in young people. We want to bring a piece of our unique independent bookstore to your school or library for everyone to enjoy. Reading is a great way to bring families and people together, and we are so excited to be a part of that for schools in our community.

What to Expect

When you have a book fair with us, we want to make the process as smooth and easy for educators and librarians as possible. We will come to your school or library, set up a mini-bookstore full of a wide selection of contemporary and classic books that appeal to children, educators, and parents alike. When the fair is finished, we will come in and pack up and close down the fair. We provide a float and a debit/credit machine for payment, and we will instruct teachers or parent volunteers on how to use them.

We want to accommodate your needs and help in any way we can. One benefit of working with Russell Books is that we can customize your book fair selection based on parents’ and educators’ requests. We can build a personalized fair for your school, age group, and any literary focus that you prefer.

Our level of customization, our passion for providing affordable books, our wide selection, and our hands-on approach creates a unique book fair experience for your school.

How to Get Started

The best way to get started with our school fairs program or to ask any questions you may have about the process or possibilities for a school fair, is to email us at schoolfairs@russellbooks.com. All initial contact should be via this email address as it is our experienced school fairs team that field all inquiries and they are most prepared to answer your questions. 

Please include the following information in your email:

  • School / Library
  • Location
  • Age group
  • Any requests or questions about selection or specific books
  • Any other pertinent information or inquiries

Once we are in contact, we can get started planning your fair! Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

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For over 28 years, Russell Books has proudly encouraged reading enthusiasts throughout the Greater Victoria community. We inspire a passion for reading and literacy through participation in community events, and provide ongoing support and partnership with groups and organizations in the book world and beyond.

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