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Old Stone House to host book fair Saturday; Fashion truck returns

The Service League of Morgantown will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair in conjunction with Main Street Morgantown’s July 10 Arts Walk. The Old Stone House, at 313 Chestnut St., and the book fair will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ramblin’ Van Vintage, a fashion truck owned by Preston County native Kaleigh Houser, featuring vintage clothing, will also be open for business  outside the Old Stone House.

This year marks 17 years of the service league hosting the book fair. The proceeds go to offer scholarships to county elementary schools to purchase books for their school libraries.

Past sales have allowed the league to support four to five schools and award each of them $300-$400. The awards depend solely on the sales from the book fair. Judy Kennel, service league member and chairperson of the book committee, said that if the league can clear $900, they can serve three schools.

“Even with a hybrid model, with the students returning to the classrooms, there should be demand for the school libraries to restock their shelves,” Kennel said. “It would be nice to have the funds to assist them with that.”

The Scholastic Book Fair will offer a multitude of books and learning paraphernalia for children toddler age through sixth grade. From classics, such as “Good Night Moon,” to historical fiction for young teens and paperback mysteries, the fair provides a wide range of offerings designed to encourage children to explore the world of books.

Last year’s COVID crisis only allowed for the league to have the fair online. Proceeds were slim, and members are looking forward to participation in an in-person event.

However, after the live event at The Old Stone House, the Scholastic Book Fair will continue online until July 15. By going to the Scholastic Book Fair website and clicking on Old Stone House, people can still shop and help to fund the service league’s mission. The website is: http://bookfairs.scholas

Founded in 1935, Service League of Morgantown’s mission has been to give back to the local community to improve the lives of residents through charitable, educational and cultural activities. In its 86 years of existence, the league has contributed more than $410,413 back to the Morgantown community. This includes over $26,000 to the Morgantown Public Library, roughly $82,537 toward books for Mon County School libraries, and about $301,876 to other charitable donations throughout the county.

The Old Stone House was built around 1795 and is the oldest stone dwelling in the county.

Info: www.facebook. com/OldStoneHouseGift Shop or www.//book homepage/oldstonehouse.

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