The Beyond Book Fair

 The Beyond Book Fair is a community-sourced book fair for under-served students. All children deserve to have books of their own and to experience the magic that is the book fair. 

A Free Book Fair

We’re gearing up for our second book fair. This go-round we’re partnering with William Wells Brown Elementary to curate the Beyond Book Fair tailored to the specific needs of the WWB student body. The event comes at no monetary cost to WWB or its students. 


Donation collection and drop-offs are postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Check out the donation guidelines below.


  • The Beyond Book Fair seeks gently used or new books appropriate for elementary students grades K through five
  • Gently used children’s books in good condition are welcome! We strive to provide books to students that are of current interest and of gift-like quality
  • Culturally relevant and books in Spanish are needed
  • We are unable to find homes for severely damaged books, magazines, coloring books, textbooks, or ex-library books with barcode on covers. Please sort these items out of your donation.

We greatly appreciate your help curating quality children’s books! FINANCIAL DONATIONS will be collected through the Beyond Book Fair coin drive.

We Do It All

Books for the BBF are 100% community sourced. Donations of gently used and new children’s books are cleaned and carefully curated by Near Things. Books are thoughtfully sorted and displayed to create a traditional book fair experience. We arrange and facilitate the Beyond Book Fair.

Contact project coordinator at or message us below with any questions.

Special thanks to the following businesses for supporting the BFF for Harrison Elementary by housing donations.

Common Grounds

343 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507

2901 Richmond Road, Suite 160 Lexington, KY 40509

Third Street Stuff

257 N Limestone #1, Lexington, KY 40507

LEF Climbing

916 N Broadway, Lexington, KY 40505

Good Foods Co-op

455 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503

Gray Construction

10 Quality Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Carnegie Center

251 W 2nd Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Sound Bar 

208 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508


Charlie Brown’s

816 Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY, 40502

Send us a message

Please message us with any questions, comments or suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you!