Grovetown Elementary School pupils now have help getting books to read at home.
They can buy low-cost books at the school’s Book Nook, which opened Friday through a partnership with West Acres Baptist Church.
“A lot of our kids just don’t have books at home,” Principal Scott Weinand said after the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. “So this is a great way to get them to have more books.”
Media specialist Melissa Watson said she has wanted to do a bookstore for years and has been slowly collecting books but wasn’t able to put it all together without the help of West Acres’ Children’s Ministry.
Children from the Evans church collected and donated nearly 1,000 books. With others Watson had collected, the Book Nook opened with a library of about 1,200 books. Church volunteers set up bookshelves, awnings and bean-bag chairs for Book Nook and library visitors.
“Not only have they brought in their own books, but we’ve instilled in them to pray over the books and pray over the children who are going to receive their books,” said Jenn Craine, a children’s ministry volunteer. “The idea just kind of developed, and we decided it would be a great project for our children to get involved in, serving for other children.”
Reading is critical to a child’s education, Watson said. The low-cost store provides access to books, which is especially important for children during the summer.
“Our first dollar,” Book Nook manager Seth Stanley, 10, exclaimed as he accepted the first payment from a pupil on Friday. “I think it’s pretty fun.”
Pupils can buy paperback books for 25 cents and hardback books for 50 cents. Watson said she thought about giving the books away, but there is something about the buying process that children enjoy.
“I felt like if they paid, even though it was just nominal, they are going to treasure that a little bit more that if I just gave it to them,” Watson said.
Pupils also can trade books in.
Donations are being accepted for the Book Nook at the school and at the church in Evans. Acceptable books are those through a fifth-grade reading level, including fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, picture books, science books, craft books and magazines.