Virtual Book Fairs

What is a virtual book fair with Third Place? 

Because of the COVID-19 crisis in Seattle and beyond, Third Place has begun to offer virtual book fairs to area schools as a substitute for our regular in-school book fair programming as a way to maintain our relationships with teachers, librarians, and students and to continue fostering a love of reading outside the walls of our bookstores. 

The book fair concept is the same: Third Place will create a book fair home page with a suggested book list. Supporters can shop that page for books or browse our website during the open hours of the book fair (generally Monday at 8:00am to Friday at midnight). Your school will receive 20% back on the pre-tax total from all the book fair orders.  

Because we have a much larger capacity for virtual book fairs, we would like to invite all schools to participate and and not just those who have scheduled in-school book fairs with us in the past or for the future.


What can I buy during a virtual book fair?

You can buy any book available to order on our website. Our internet order team will have to determine stock availability for all books in your order when they process your order, and if a book is out of stock, we will let you know at that time. Gifts cards are not eligible purchases for the book fair. 


How long will it take to receive my book fair order?

You should receive your order within two weeks from the book's ship date, which can be a few days after our internet team processes your order. Please note, we've been experiencing processing delays throughout our supply chain, but we're doing everything we can from our end to get books out promptly!


How do I make sure that my school receives the credit? 

Please visit your school's virtual book fair home page and follow the instructions there to ensure that your order will count towards your school's fundraiser. 


Can I use a gift card for my book fair order?

At this time, we cannot accept gift cards for online orders. 


Can I use my educator discount on my book fair order?

Because we are giving back 20% of the pre-tax totals from all book fair orders, no discounts can be applied to your order. 


Who can shop during the virtual book fair? 

Anyone with the link to your school's homepage, so make sure to share the link with all of your school's supporters! We expect individual schools to advertise the fair to their parents and drum up excitement about the fair. Like with Give Back Nights, it is our policy not to market these events to our customers. 


Who should I contact to organize a virtual book fair?

Please reach out to our Children's Outreach Manager, Niki here. We have plenty of availability to support virtual book fairs, though we recommend that you leave at least a week in advance for us to prepare your school's homepage and to give your school enough time to get in touch with all students' parents. 


What if I have other questions? 

Please feel free to email our Children's Outreach Manager, Niki here