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When Bookstock launched its BEST Award (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) contest last year, 61 students entered. This year more than 675 submitted essays about their favorite book.

The winning student is Davison Elementary fourth grader Nasri Begham, who wrote about the timeless Judy Blume classic, "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing."

As the BEST Award winner, Nasri received a $100 gift card. Her school also received $1,000.

Bookstock continues through the weekend at Laurel Park Place mall in Livonia.

Bargains abound at Bookstock, metro Detroit’s biggest and best used book and media sale where all proceeds benefit literacy and education projects in metropolitan Detroit. 

Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin is Honorary Chair of Bookstock and Carol Goss, immediate past president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, is the Bookstock 2014 Champion. 

Bookstock has over 100,000 donated used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, magazines and records for sale, at bargain basement prices.

The sale will continue through Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and hours for the rest of the week are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Gardner-White Furniture is the Bookstock 2014 Presenting Sponsor.

This year, Bookstock will feature five days of special sales:

  • Monday Madness – Monday, April 28One lucky buyer will receive a $500 gift card and 750 shoppers will receive spectacular giveaways.
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday, April 29Bookstock is celebrating teachers by giving 50% off to all teachers with a valid ID, from 3 – 9 p.m.  At 5 p.m. Bookstock  B.E.S.T.* Awards, (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) will be presented to fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools who best describe how “My Favorite Book…and Why.” Awards will be presented and cash prizes will be given to five students, their teachers and their schools.
  • Bookbuster Special Days – Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday,May 1Buy 3 books and get the 4th book *free (*least expensive item), from 3 – 9 p.m. Spend $25 or more and be entered in a special drawing for a football signed by Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Staffrord or an exciting sports collectable.
  • Half Price Finale, Sunday, May 4All remaining books and media will be sold for half price! 

Marking 12 years of supporting the need to read, Bookstock has generated close to one million dollars for literacy and education projects throughout Oakland County and Detroit. 

More than 800 volunteers work together throughout the year to organize and staff the weeklong Bookstock sale. Bookstock established the Bookstock Scholar Awards, in partnership with Wallside Windows and Gardner –White Furniture, given to outstanding students at Wayne State University’s School of Library Science and Information Technology. 

The Bookstock Fund, launched in 2012, provided 19 micro grants to Detroit Public School teachers for education and literacy projects.  

Bookstock is brought to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council, and a consortium of communal non-profit organizations that support education and literacy projects throughout metro Detroit. For more information about Bookstook, call the Bookstock hotline (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit bookstock.info. 

Laurel Park Place is located on 6 Mile Road east of I-275 in Livonia.

Bookstock BEST contest winner Nasri Begham

HAVE A GOOD ANSWER YET, AND THAT WOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE. ROD MELONI REPORTING LIVE. Karen: BACK TO OUR BOOKSTOCK 2014. AND THEY'RE HAVING BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS. Steve: WHAT'S GOING ON NEXT? Paula: HAVE FUN WITH BOOKS. WE SHOWED YOU THERE WAS A BEST ESSAY CONTEST WINNER, NASRI BEGHAM. AND THIS WON YOU THE CONTEST. IT'S BY JUDY BLOOM AND I LIKE IT BECAUSE I CAN RELATE TO THIS. AND -- Paula: YEAH, YEAH. I LOVE JUDY MOODY. AND SOO SO TELL ME THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU'RE WRITING ABOUT. HOW I CAN RELATE TO THE STORY, IT'S FUNNY, AND, YEAH. Paula: AND YOU WON $500 AND SHE DOESN'T SNOW HOW SHE'LL SPEND IT. I SAID, LOOK, YOU'RE AT THE MALL! THIS IS HUGE TO DETROIT STUDENTS. YES, IT IS. WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE SHOWING WHAT THEY ARE AS READERS AND WRITERS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO PROMOTE. WE WANT TO PROMOTE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE EXCITED ABOUT READING BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO. Paula: AND FOR A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS, IT'S THE BEGINNING OF LITERACY. IT'S NOT JUST A USED BOOK SALE.