Profits by the book

CIS hopes to cash in on holidays with sale

In a sea of school-based fund-raisers, Craig Intermediate School has one that it hopes will appeal to those of any age.

On Monday, the school's library was opened to the public with more than 200 titles and gift items for sale. The sale ends at noon Friday.

Browsers will find everything including stuffed animals, block sets and books by John Grisham -- some up to 70 percent off.

School officials have contracted with "Books are Fun" for the second time to raise money for unanticipated expenses.

Librarian Sandy Feeney said she thinks the school earns 25 percent of each sale.

"It's kind of neat," she said. "When we decided this, we didn't have a bookstore. This is a service to the community that allows us to raise money.

"The prices are really good, so you can save a lot of money for Christmas shopping," she said.

The budget process means that officials need to anticipate their needs -- that sometimes is difficult, Feeney said. She can't always anticipate when something will break down, she said.

So, money raised from book sales is put into a contingency fund to handle emergencies.

If none occur, the money will be used to purchase DVD players.

"We can get those kinds of things we're not allowed to budget for," Feeney said.

The funds also are used to maintain an aquarium that was donated to the school a couple of years ago.

The library will be open until 7 p.m. through Thursday and until noon Friday.

Feeney said the sale was successful last year and she expects it to be better this year.

"There's quite a variety here," she said. "I'm anticipating a lot more traffic because this is the second year."

The library has its own entrance, so people aren't required to go through the school to access it.

Craig Intermediate School just finished hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, which raised $800.

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