Approximately 700+ books were distributed at the inaugural AUHS Foundation Book Fair on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It was held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Health and Wellness Fair as an introduction to what will become an annual community event.
The event attracted children from ages 4-12 and their families. They browsed the stacks of books for potential reading material to take home. The AUHS Librarian and student volunteers spent the duration of the event inquiring about reading preferences and offering book suggestions. A variety of books were available to take home, from classics by Dr. Seuss to the famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. All quickly found new homes in the hands of eager children. Also, children were invited to an activities table to complete puzzles and coloring activities as they waited for entry into the health fair.
The book giveaway was made possible by the AUHS Foundation who provided brand new books to distribute and through the efforts of the AUHS Student Nurses Association (SNA) who spearheaded the collection of gently used books from AUHS students and administration.
In countless studies, it has been proven that educational and lifelong success is tied to early exposure to books and being read to. In particular, the number of books a child has at home directly correlates to a child’s literacy development and academic achievement. The idea to organize a book fair was born from the desire to find ways promote childhood literacy. The book fair marks one of the first steps in doing so by providing access to quality, age appropriate, reading material at no cost to the community.
With a big thank you to the efforts of all involved who helped make the Book Fair a success, we look forward to hosting another book fair in the near future.
About American University of Health Sciences
AUHS is a Christian based, minority-serving university, which educates students for careers in the healthcare profession. AUHS emphasizes the values of faith in God, love of humankind, and belief that all people have a right to healthcare and deserve a good quality of life based on the wellness of body, mind, and spirit. The university celebrates diversity and reaches out to groups currently underrepresented in healthcare and research. AUHS provides the under-graduate and post-graduate curriculum, hands-on practical training and supportive environment required to create competent and compassionate healthcare professionals.
American University of Health Sciences is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. For more information visit www.auhs.edu.