Dallas, TX -- April 4, 2018 – Follett today announced Follett Book Fairs, which launched regionally at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, will expand into Texas, effective August 2018. Nader Qaimari, Follett School Solutions' president, made the announcement at the 2018 Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference in Dallas, and said Follett Book Fairs will begin with PreK-8 schools in the Houston and Dallas areas.
"Since we introduced Follett Book Fairs last fall, we couldn't be more thrilled with the reception we've received from our customers," Qaimari said. "We've rebooked every school from our pilot program for another book fair. And with the expansion into the Dallas and Houston markets, where we have a great presence with our educational partners, we expect our customers there to be similarly excited."
Kelley Valdez, library media specialist with Roanoke Elementary School near Dallas, said she will welcome Follett Book Fairs with open arms.
"Ten years ago, as a first-year librarian, Follett was my saving grace," Valdez said. "I was provided amazing customer service by both our local sales representative and Follett's phone customer support staff. They took a situation that had almost brought me to tears and turned it around within a matter of hours. As a result, I almost exclusively purchase through Follett for my campus book needs.
"And I am so excited to see Follett enter the book fair market. I know its service will be outstanding and the materials will support my students' reading needs."
Because of its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers, Follett Book Fairs are able to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary, and middle school students. Moreover, Follett encourages participating schools to be closely involved with product selection, allowing for customization for their unique needs and demographics.
Qaimari said any Dallas or Houston school librarians interested in hosting a Follett Book Fair during the 2018-19 school year should stop by the Follett exhibit booth, 1518, at this week's TLA Conference (Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center) where sign-ups will be taking place, or visit the website (www.FollettBookFairs.com), call 877.857.7259, or send an email to FollettBookFairs@follett.com.
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Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
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About Follett Corporation
Follett is a $3.4 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. As a leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets.