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Kinkaid students browse among 3,500 books at annual Book Fair. (Photo courtesy of Headmaster Andy Martire)
On Nov. 13-14, The Kinkaid School welcomed one of its most long-standing traditions, the annual Book Fair, which was created in 1951 by headmaster John Cooper. Book Fair even has its own mascot named Gurple, the Bookworm who appears on all signage and advertising and stars in videos ahead of time to get everyone excited. On campus, 3,500 books filled the Melcher Gym. The Kinkaid Parents Association hosted the fair, a great fundraiser which benefited all three divisional libraries- the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Anyone can become a Friend of the Library by donating a book to any of Kinkaid’s three libraries.
The highlight of the two-day event was Family Night, Nov. 13, when dinner was provided by Moderno Mexican Food and dessert donated by Crave Cupcakes. At Family Night, authors Nina and Edd Hendee, owners of Taste of Texas restaurant, were on hand to meet and sign their book that includes 40 years of recipes and stories in Perfectly Aged. Author Bill Curtis was there and signed his work, A Vision of Place, a book that highlights over two decades of the practice of architecture.
Head Upper School librarian, Dorian Myers, commented that her favorite part of Book Fair was "watching people look at all of the books.” Once again this year, all of the Kinkaid community thoroughly enjoyed the Book Fair and it was a huge success.