‘Grown-up book fair’ returns to Freeland

Next week, adults can relive the joy and excitement of attending a school book fair.

Next week, adults can relive the joy and excitement of attending a school book fair.

Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting a grown-up book fair from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Fare Market in Freeland.

Librarian Katrina Morse said Fare Market approached her last year about collaborating on an outreach event. Fare Market serves Southeast Asian food and has a community gathering space for events. The restaurant is providing “adult Capri Suns” – cocktails in drinking pouches – and a special dish of spam musubi, which is not offered on the normal menu, for the event.

Morse thought the idea of an adult book fair sounded interesting and said the first one in November was a big success.

She said she had to figure out how to run a book fair from a librarian’s perspective, instead of a fair run by a book store or Scholastic. She is bringing several copies of about a dozen different books and will have them displayed in the restaurant.

“I can chat with people about what the books are like, what kind of reading experience they’re looking for,” she said.

There will be a wide selection of genres. Titles include “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite, which Morse described as a humorous murder mystery, and “A Man Called Ove” by Frederick Backman. The book was recently made into a Tom Hanks movie titled “A Man Called Otto” and is currently playing at the Clyde.

There is no cost to attend the fair. Food and drinks, along with Fare Market’s full menu, will be available for purchase. All books can be checked out on a library card and people can sign up for a card at the event if they don’t have one. The fair will include books for sale at $1, courtesy of the Friends of the Freeland Library.

“Anyone who’s looking for the next good read or who wants to mingle with other readers should come,” Morse said, adding that she plans to host the event three times a year from now on.

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