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Book fair day 0 (setup).

I got my first battle scar of book fair during setup, so the rest of the week should go swimmingly.

In years past, the large rolling cases (which unfold into a hinged pair of shelves) topped with boxes of merchandise and supplies have been delivered to the school's front doors and rolled through the hallways to the room where the fair will be held. This time, for reasons unknown to me, the cases were unloaded from the truck curbside, we pushed the cases down the sidewalk alongside the building and in through an exterior door adjacent to the room we were using.

Once you get a loaded case moving, it's easy to keep going, but with the away-from-the hinge wheels on swivels and pushing from the hinge end, I discovered I list to the right... and so did the knuckles on my right middle and ring fingers. It looks worse than it feels and now I am sporting some awesome camouflage fabric band-aids from my stash.

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After we got things roughly laid out, I stapled 200+ coloring pages up in the hallway. It looks fine head on, but from a shallow angle to the wall you can see that I have about a 2 cm variance from level on my first 10' run. I was not annoyed enough by it to pull out several dozen staples and rearrange.

During this time, I discovered some of the kids had written messages (other than their name, grade and teacher's name) on the back of their pages. Among the third graders, I found "P.S. I work hard" and "Please pick me, I have been waiting for five years to win this!". Too bad we don't look at the backs in judging or I might have been swayed a little bit.

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Also I learned that the clock in the classroom that book fair is using gets stuck around 10:30, so I did not realize I had missed Laurel's lunch time until about an hour after the fact.

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Daniel [oeconomist.com]
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
You didn't write Bwhahahahaha! in reply on any of the sheets?

I hope that your hand recovers quickly.
oddharmonic
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
No, they don't get returned afterward. If they were, I would be tempted to write up critiques with a lot of vague statements and footnotes solely for my amusement.

Thank you. My scrapes are very superficial and I will probably take the band-aids off tomorrow once I start keying in numbers on a register or calculator.
oxymoron02
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hooray for camo band-aids!

Seriously though, I've worked a book fair, just a couple of hours here and there in the week to fill in, and I don't envy your job. Best of luck, and make sure everyone checks their bags at the door to avoid shoplifting.
oddharmonic
Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I also have duct tape band-aids and solid colored neon foam ones in my purse. At home I have a ridiculous assortment of printed band-aids, including ones that look like strips of bacon.

I haven't chaired book fair at the school because I don't like doing the pre-event promotion activities, but I love being around the books, talking to people about what books might appeal to readers of with particular reading levels and interests, and I have a flexible schedule to be there all day.

We have a coats and bags at the door policy in place from last year, so the only thing I am nervous about this year is being there during the Tuesday evening sale. I usually staff book fair all week except that night because the sheer number of people makes me feel agoraphobic. I discussed it ahead of time with a few people who need to know, so I'll be opening and closing out the register and spending the time between in other rooms. (The evening sale period coincides with the semester's open house night.)
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