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Potomac Book Fair

Potomac Book Fair

The Potomac School Book Fair is one of our oldest and most treasured traditions. The Book Fair features a sale of gently used books donated by and for our community. Proceeds fund the purchase of new materials for the school libraries.

Save the Date!
November 13-16, 2023

2023 Book Fair Class Schedule

MS Schedule

Monday, November 13

9:35-10:05 JA4

10:35-11:05 CW4

10:55-11:25 TC6

1:15-1:45 DF6

1:45-2:15 KM6

2:10-2:40 DWM4

Tuesday, November 14

8:10-8:40 YC5

12:00-12:30 AMM5

1:15-1:45 CF6

2:10-2:40 CS5

Wednesday, November 15

9:35-10:05 ADM5

10:35-11:05 JH4


LS Schedule

Monday, November 13

9:15-9:45 KMK

9:50-10:20 TS3

12:30-1:00 DM1

1:20-1:50 CM2

2:20-2:50 AP3

Tuesday, November 14

8:50-9:20 JHK

9:45-10:15 VCK

11:00-11:30 JJ2

11:50-12:20 JH2

1:00-1:30 RM3

1:45-2:15 MB1

2:20-2:50 JG1

There are many ways that you can support the
2023 Book Fair!

Calling all Book Fair volunteers! Join us for a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:30 to 10:00 am, in the Spangler Trundle Family Team Meeting Room. Book Fair – a treasured Potomac tradition – is our annual sale of used books collected from our school community. The funds raised through this event support our campus libraries. Several volunteer opportunities will be available from November 4-16, including collecting donations, sorting and set-up, and book sales. Please contact any of our Book Fair Chairs with questions: Cindy MaloneKim Owen, or Jennifer Steinhoff.

Volunteer to sort or sell

The Book Fair needs you! Sorting and selling are great opportunities to meet other parents and reminisce about your favorite titles. Sign up here to volunteer!

Donate your used books

We accept donations of all children's and young adult books (all genres) and up to 20 adult fiction books per family (no adult non-fiction, textbooks, etc.)There are several ways and days you can bring books to campus. Look for details in upcoming PawPrints for more details on donating your gently used books.

Saturday, November 4, 9-11:30 am - drive up to the Flag Circle Building or bring directly to the Lower School Activities Room (LSAR)

November 6-10 - send your children with donated books on the buses/carpool, or bring directly to the LSAR.

Buy at the Book Fair

  • The Book Fair will run from November 13 - 16, 2023 with Lower School and Middle School classes shopping with their homerooms at assigned times and IS/US students shopping during lunch blocks or scheduled breaks.

  • You will receive additional information about your child's homeroom’s assigned shopping date and time through your teacher.

  • Students are limited to purchasing up to 10 books at $1/per book during their first class visit to the Book Fair.

  • Parents and alumni may purchase books on Wednesday, November 15, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

Purchase new books for Potomac’s libraries!

Help support our school libraries by purchasing new books that will go directly to each of our three libraries (LS, MS/IS and US).  Parents can include a dedication along with their donation, if they choose, by using the message section in Amazon. 

Michael Granger Library - Lower School
Arundel Family Library – Middle/Intermediate School
Engelhard Family Library – Upper School


Potomac's Book Fair tradition extends to our local community through book donations given to partner organizations across the DC metro area. K-12 student leaders, including 3rd grade, 5th grade, and IS/US Service Learning Clubs, selected children's and adult book donations to various community organizations. If you have other books to donate that Book Fair can't accept, please consider donating to the following organizations:

Alumni Authors

Potomac has a rick literary tradition. Below are some books written by our alumni

Take the Lead Book

Take the Lead: Hanging On, Letting Go, and Conquering Life's Hardest Climbs tells the story of world champion climber Sasha DiGiulian – from coming of age under the scrutiny of social media to navigating a male-dominated sport and tackling her most heart-stopping climbs. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

The Jury

The Jury: A Very Short Introduction charts the global use of juries throughout history. It considers the benefits and the challenges of using juries and analyses why the jury trial has declined in English-speaking countries. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

Becoming FDR

Becoming FDR tells the story of the years when Roosevelt’s genius was made, when, at the age of 39, his life was turned upside down by polio. The illness that ravaged his body seemed the certain end of his political career. Instead, polio remade FDR, creating the man who would lead his country through the Depression and World War II. You can purchase the book here.


Understanding Bollywood

Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema – This book offers an introduction to a genre that has a massive fanbase but is often misunderstood by critics, and provides insight on topics of political and social significance. You can purchase the book here.

Jennifer Moses '74

 The Man Who Loved His Wife – Whether in Tel Aviv, suburban New Jersey, or the Deep South, the characters who populate this book of short stories grapple with God, their loved ones, fate, death, hope, Hitler, transcendence, and the 4,000 year old history of Judaism. You can purchase the book here.

Mark Shriver - 10 Hidden Heroes

10 Hidden Heroes – This seek-and-find book from New York Times best-selling author Mark K. Shriver helps kids develop counting skills and learn how to be heroes in their everyday lives. You can purchase the book here.

Mark Shriver - A Good Man

A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver – After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark turns instead to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. You can purchase the book here.

Reed Kuhn - Fightnomics

Fightnomics – Part Freakonomics and part Moneyball, Fightnomics is a statistical spotlight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the fighters who compete in the Octagon. You can purchase the book here.

Madeline Dubelier - Wall of Wonder

Wall of Wonder: Cornell Women Leading the Way in Science, Technology, and Engineering – This book celebrates Cornell University alumnae who have made significant impacts on society through science, technology, and engineering. You can purchase the book here.


In the Flow: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Mindfulness – New theories in the science of mindfulness, revealing how simple practices are able to help remove roadblocks to health and happiness. You can purchase the book here.