Book giveaway part of Chapman festival

Fans of fiction, lovers of literature and those looking for cookbooks, children’s fairy tales and everything in between will likely come away satisfied Saturday from the Ely Chapman Education Foundation’s Fall Festival.

Tables full of all types of books will be the highlight of the organization’s annual event, which always includes a book giveaway. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the foundation, 403 Scammel St., Marietta.

The centerpiece of the event is free books, which were donated to the foundation by Appalachian Christian Project, a nonprofit organization that provides support to Appalachia, and community members.

Alice Chapman, founder of Ely Chapman, said having books in the community is important.

“We’re getting good quality books to people who need them,” she said.

Chapman added that she was pleased with the variety of titles available since the selection has been limited in the past.

“It’s a great event to promote literacy,” said Bill Kelsey, Ely Chapman business manager. “It’s important for parents to educate their kids and (literacy) is essential for the community’s success.”

Kelsey said the event means providing materials some community members may not have had access to otherwise.

“A lot of people can’t afford the books,” he said. “So it’s nice to give them access without them having to pay for it.”

A “Second Time Around” sale will also take place. The format is like a flea market-locals set up tables to sell miscellaneous wares. Alloted table space is full.

Refreshments made in the in-house kitchen at Ely Chapman will also be available. The menu includes: Loretta’s Famous Chicken and Noodles, soup beans and cornbread, pumpkin pie and Texas sheet cake. Options for children are: pizza, sloppy joes and hot dogs with sauce.

Last year’s attendance was approximately 500 people and Chapman said she hopes for a similar turnout this year.

“I would love to have that turnout again because that means that many more books are going out into the community,” she said. “I’d be happy with 300 to 400.”

Thirty-five thousand books arrived from the Appalachian Christian Project, based in Covington, Ky., in August that Marietta College students helped unload. Ely Chapman receives two shipments from the organization a year, one in February and one in August.