Book Fair FAQ

When is the Book Fair, where will it be, and what time is it open?

Book Fair is open December 5th-7th and will be open each day 7:45-9:30am and 2:30-5:30pm in the Wales Theater.

What will I find at Book Fair?

Book Fair is like a pop-up book store (and then some) that coincides with Gordon’s Visiting Author Program. You will find:

Which authors and illustrators will be visiting with my child’s grade for the Visiting Author Program?

Gordon Librarian Frances Martindale has arranged for a fantastic array of authors and illustrators to connect with Gordon students throughout the week during class time. The grades the authors and illustrators meet with is based on the reading level of their work. A schedule of author visits and book signings can be found here.

Can my child buy books during the school day?

No, we will only be open for sales in the morning and afternoon.
There are plans for all students to come through with their classes to browse new books and select one used book to take home.

Can I order books online?

No, unfortunately we do not have that option this year. All books will be sold in person at Gordon.

How can I pay for books? 

We can accept credit cards or cash. 

What does the money raised from Book Fair support?

All money raised from Book Fair goes toward the Gordon Fund, supporting community engagement programming (such as GCA events), future visiting authors, the library and more.

I’m interested in helping out at Book Fair. How do I do that? 

Book Fair relies on volunteers to be successful. We’d love your help! See available shifts and sign up using our SignUp Genius.
If you need childcare during your volunteer shift and your child is not already signed up for Gators or YAP, please contact Taylor Motta at

How did all of this come together?

Book Fair is a full-team effort with a group of dedicated parent volunteers who work with Gordon Staff to make the magic happen. We are grateful to Book Fair Co-Chairs Karen Isenberg, Jennifer Turner and Johanna Paavilainen, Used Books Chair Sarah Funke Butler and all book sorting volunteers, Visiting Author Coordinators Glen Quinette, Isabelle Jihui Lee and Jessica Girard, Web Designer Marisa Kambour, Publicity Designers Julia McCann, Amy Rine and Sarah Gamble, Volunteer Coordinator Alisa DeLage and all set up & day of volunteers, GCA Co-Presidents Anna Bliss and Leila Zarlenga, Frances Martindale and her team of library volunteers, Geoff Griffin, Alexandra O’Connor, Anne Marie Ticaric, Tom Cicatiello, Marlon Henry, Carmen Garcia, Joe Almeida, Rob Howard, David Melo, Clare Blackmer, Matthew Boyd, Minna Ham, Cendi Arias Henry, Veronica Jutras, Alethea Dunham-Carson, Noni Thomas López, and anyone else we might be forgetting for all of their support!

Who can I contact with questions? 

For any general Book Fair questions or to find out more about volunteering, please contact the Book Fair co-chairs Karen Isenberg (, Jennifer Turner ( or Johanna Paavilainen (