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‘Living book fair’ raises funds for arts

Fort Salonga Elementary School’s gymnasium will host the district’s literary event of the season on Thursday night, as the school welcomes more than 40 local authors to sell their books and meet with students from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Assistant Prinicpal Stephanie Montecalvo said this is the first time the school has held the “living book fair,” and she hopes the entire community will participate. The Parent Teacher Association will also sell raffle tickets, donated books, tote bags and book lights.

Montecalvo said the proceeds will benefit cultural arts programs at Fort Salonga.

She added that the authors, the majority of whom are from Long Island, often travel from school to school together hosting book fairs, spearheaded by Brian Heinz, an award-winning children’s book author from Wading River.

After the book fair, children and their families will be invited to story time in the school cafeteria, where teachers and parents will read out loud and milk and cookies will be for sale.

Other Long Island authors taking part include Vivian Farrell, Sandy Lanton, Josephine Nobisso, Wendy Wax, JoAnn Vergona Krapp, Addie Meyer Sanders, Steve “Dirtmeister” Tomecek, Jennifer DiRubbio and Tracey Delio, a speech-language pathologist who wrote the series “The Secret Adventures of Louis V.”

Books will be on sale for between $8 and $25 and can be signed and personalized by the author.

At least one author, Delio, will donate a portion of the sales to charity. Delio is donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

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