Editorial: Let Kingsport Book Fair open up new worlds | Editorials

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor the darkness of the night prevent these couriers from completing their appointed rounds quickly.” That’s the motto of the US Postal Service, but add a pandemic and it could also apply to the Kingsport Book Fair, which was held last August at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and returns this weekend.

Proceeds from the book fair benefit the Friends of Kingsport Public Library literacy programs as well as Team First Book Greater Kingsport, part of the Team First Book volunteer program within the First Book national organization.

Team First Book Greater Kingsport is an all-volunteer organization established in 2004 to serve children from low-income families from kindergarten through high school. He works closely with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Sullivan County, which provides free books in Tennessee to kindergarteners. Its funding comes from grants and donations and from efforts such as book sales.

The 2022 Book Fair opens Thursday at Kingsport Civic Auditorium next to Dobyns-Bennett High School and runs through Sunday. Organizers say COVID-19 precautions will be taken seriously and hand sanitizers will be available.

On Thursday, there will be a presale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with $10 entry. An academic presale will take place from 7-9 p.m., with $5 admission with a student, faculty, or staff card. The free event is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A half-price sale starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday followed by a $10 bag sale on Sunday starting at 12:45 p.m.

More than 20,000 used books at great prices will be available this year, organizers said, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, large print, textbooks, art, cooking, histories/biographies, classics, regional, nature, hardcovers, paperbacks, multimedia, vinyl. and not English.

Sales are cash only for less than $25 and for sales over $25 cash or credit card. The event uses multiple rooms to meet social distancing requirements.

For more information or to volunteer, call (423) 967-7135 or email [email protected] or go online to facebook.com/KingsportBookFair.

Reading is good for you as it improves your concentration, memory, empathy and communication skills. It can reduce stress, improve your mental health and help you live longer. Reading also allows you to learn new things to help you succeed in your work and in your relationships.

If most of your daily reading consists of social media posts and text messages, you’re missing out on a whole new world.

Visit the book fair. With thousands of books in all areas, you’re sure to find something you like.

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