Barnes and Noble to partner with Bearden to host book fair

Madison Tenney, News Editor

Barnes and Noble will host a Book Fair on Sept. 3 sponsoring the Bearden High School library.

It will be an all day event, featuring books, poetry, and a specialty Starbucks coffee.

Due to the new budget effective in October for Knox County Schools, the library will lose some of their funds and to raise money for the Maker Space and for new books, they partnered up with Barnes and Noble to create this event.

In September, students wearing their maroon and grey, rocking their Bulldog pride, or in possession of a voucher, will be donating half their funds to the Bearden library when they buy a book.

The community can also purchase books on the website at Students can use the school conformation code 11900891. The website will be launch Sept. 3 and will stay up through Sept. 8.

Not only will there be books to buy, but Starbucks has agreed to create a special frappuccino for Bearden for one day. It will be a vanilla bean blend with java chocolate chips, and to top it off, maroon whipped cream.

To make things even more interesting, the library is holding a naming contest for the drink. They have been taking suggestions from both teachers and students, and they have selected their top 5: Watch Me Whip Watch Me Latte, Maroon Swoon, Java the Mutt, Should’ve Bean a Bulldog, and Dogaccino. To find out the winner, students will have to attend the event.

There will also be a poetry slam at 1 p.m., and the creative writing club will perform original poems. There will also be a chance for other students to perform as well.

The creative writing club was asked to do a feature performance at the fair. These students have created original poems that will be performed at the event.

“It really gives, as a writer, it really gives you a feel for the rhythm and the sound,” creative writing club sponsor Mrs. Autumn Suranofsky said. “It’s a good way to get the people involved too.”

Junior Gabrielle Garner is one member of the creative writing club who will make a debut with her poem.

“She has really come out of her shell over the past year due to the club and is now so much more confident in her writing,” Mrs. Suranofsky said. “It’s a really good way to get over presenting in front of people.”

Bearden’s library is excited to be involved in such a fun and unique event, and is looking forward to seeing students showing up to support their school through a good cause.

“What I would really love to see is some awesome Bearden school spirit in that place that day,” BHS librarian Ms. Erika Long said. “I would like to see people just showing their love of books and Starbucks and everybody having a good time.”