Annual Book Fair transports students to a magical literary world

by | Apr 3, 2015 | Other News

Clifford, the Big Red Dog, greets students at the Book Fair in Oscars red-carpet style

Clifford, the Big Red Dog, greets students at the Book Fair in Oscars red-carpet style

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Strelitz preschool logged another successful event with this year’s 8th Annual Book Fair. Raising more than $6,000, the March affair was filled with great excitement, bringing students and families together over a love of reading. Capping off the weeklong event was a read-in day and Family Fun Night, where everyone enjoyed face painting, yummy desserts and lots of camaraderie.

Spearheaded by Lorna Legum, librarian and media specialist, students look forward to the book fair with anticipation each spring. “We decorate the Multi-Purpose Room like a magical fantasy land,” says Legum, “and I surprise the kids by showing up in different costumes each day – my version of Disney World with a myriad of characters. They never know what to expect from me. This year’s ‘literary guests’ included Little Miss Muffet (Who Sat on Her Tuchas!), Clifford the Big Red Dog, Captain Underpants, Spider Man, Einstein, a clown, a princess and a sumo wrestler. Seeing the kids’ facial expressions and hearing their oooohs and ahhhhs when they first arrive always gives me the chills. There’s nothing like watching the world through the eyes of a child.”

Lorna Legum and Nancy Zeitman, volunteer extraordinaire, worked tirelessly to turn this event into fond and lasting memories for all.

To make a book donation in honor or memory of a loved one, contact Deb Moye, at or 757‑424‑4327.

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

by Dee Dee Becker