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Book Fair survives despite E-reader technology

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe Symphony League Book Fair is accepting books this fall to help raise money for the orchestra.

Bobbye Legan stocks the shelves of the Book Fair every Wednesday as donations are dropped off. Countless numbers of books are donated throughout the year and bought from the Monroe Symphony League.

The book fair has dedicated customers who come every time the doors are open and the serious readers carry around boxes to fill with books. Although a box full may only cost you some pocket change, it all adds up and goes to the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

Legan is not only a strong supporter of the performing arts, but of literature. She spent 15 years trying to spread her love of reading as an educator.

"Being a former elementary reading teacher, I'm just so pleased so many young people come in and families bring their elementary children," says Legan, "They're buying books!"

With the rise of E-readers on the market, you may think business is slow for the book world, but Legan says it's booming at the book fair.

"We've laughed because several people said 'I have a kindle but I am never going to quit buying books to hold' and my husband does that. He keeps three or four going at a time. He has his kindle, but he always has books he's holding," says Legan.

Although many people may be switching to the electronic route, Legan hopes that the fire of reading the "real thing" will always be kindled.

You can visit Legan and the Monroe Symphony League at the Book Fair on North 4th Street in Monroe. Donations are accepted every Wednesday, and the fair is open the first 2 weeks of March, June, and October. 

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