There are quite a few things I remember about my primary school
life. Some of my worse teachers. Some of the better jokes. But one thing that constantly pops to the front of my mind when I think of primary school is the school book fair.
It happened every year. You first knew it was coming when those strange metal cases popped up in the school library
. You knew from experience that those huge cases would be folded open, and inside were bookshelves. Bookshelf
There were different shelves for different age groups. 5-7 year olds, this shelf. 7-8 year olds, that shelf. 8+ years, the other shelf.
For one week exactly, the book fair would hijack
the school library, turning it into a massive bookshop
. All the children
would eagerly drag their parents to the library before school, and pick out all the books they'd want. If you were lucky
, you'd get them all, but it never happened.
I'm not sure how much the school got paid for hosting
the book fair, if it even got paid at all, but after every fair there would be a massive influx
of new books into the school library, ripe for the reading. Of all the things I missed most when I went to Big School
, aside from the lack of homework
, the book fair would probably top the list.