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Plan a Book Fair

Kar-Ben is pleased to offer a variety of Jewish Book Fair options to help preschools, schools, libraries, JCCs and other organizations raise funds. 
Holding a Kar-Ben book fundraiser is fun and easy, with options for large and small organizations. 

Regardless of which option you choose, we’ll provide you with everything you need: letters, flyers, e-mail invitations, reminders and posters to help you publicize your event.
We’ll also provide you with giveaways including bookmarks and book posters.

For more information, or to set up a Kar-Ben Book Fair, e-mail publicity@karben.com or call 1.800.328.4929, ext. 229.


Option A: Book Fair in a Box
Based on the size of your organization, Kar-Ben staff will curate a sample box of best-selling and award-winning titles plus the very best new titles each season. Parents can view the books and place their orders with you. Parents pay the list price plus small shipping fee, make out their checks to your organization (not to Kar-Ben), and send the order forms and checks back to school with their children by a predetermined date. We ship the books to your school and you distribute. We bill you for books ordered, less discount. You keep 25% of all book sale proceeds. Outbound shipping is free; organization must pay return shipping on sample books.

BONUS: If you send in at least $100 in orders, your organization can keep the sample set of books.

 
Option B: Holiday Book Club
(Hanukkah and/or Passover)
Book fundraisers are most popular before Hanukkah and Passover, as books make great gifts for the holidays. Kar-Ben sends your organization enough holiday book flyers to send home with your students. Parents order books at the list price, make out their checks for books and shipping to your organization (not to Kar-Ben), and send the order forms and checks back to school with their children by a predetermined date. We ship the books to your school and you distribute. We bill you for books ordered less discount. Your organization keeps 25% of all book sale proceeds.


Option C: Traditional Book Fair  
Your organization orders books from Kar-Ben, based on our suggested order form, on a discounted, returnable basis and you hold a book fair at your school or JCC. Sell the books at retail price, have the checks made out to your organization, and return any unsold books to us. You keep 25% of all book sale proceeds. Note: you may return a maximum of 25% of the total books ordered (for example, if your organization orders 100 books, up to 25 may be returned). You will be responsible for the purchase of the remaining titles at a 25% discount.

BONUS: If you sell through all the books, Kar-Ben will increase your book sale proceeds to 40%.

 

FAQ

Which option should I select?
If your organization has fewer than 50 families, Options A and B are most likely to be successful. If you prefer to have books on hand for immediate purchase, we recommend Option A—Book Fair in a Box.

Is my community too small?
No—any size group, including informal groups like a group of neighbors or families—can participate. Option B will be the best suited to your needs and will help avoid having to ship unwanted returns back to Kar-Ben.

Does my organization need to pay any money up front?
 No, your organization will be billed after your book sale, and upon receipt of any returned books.

When do I need to send my order?
Generally, allow for 14 days for warehouse processing and shipping. To receive books during especially busy times of year like Hanukkah and Passover, please allow 14-20 days.