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Frequently Asked Questions

When will my student be able to purchase books at the Book Fair?

All Nueva students are welcome to come at any time during opening hours. Lower School students will make a special visit to the Book Fair with their classes. Middle school students usually drop by during their lunch period, though they are welcome to visit anytime! Upper School students are welcome anytime as well.

How can my student make purchases?

Though we accept cash and credit credits, we encourage you to fund your student’s prepaid account

What is a prepaid account?

A prepaid account operates like a debit card. Parents can fund their student’s individual prepaid account by clicking “prepaid accounts” on their Nueva homepage and making a payment through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to send funds; the PayPal account accepts credit cards.

Why should I set up a prepaid account?

Prepaid accounts are worry-free! Your student can enjoy the independence to select and purchase books without having to remember to bring cash, or worse, without having to worry about losing it.  

How will my student know how much he or she has?

Our helpful cashiers can check the balance of a student’s prepaid account, and let them know the amount of funds he or she has to spend.

What if my student does not have enough funds in his or her prepaid account to complete their purchase?

If your student is short of funds, we will recommend that your student speak to you about adding funds to the account.

Will you hold books?

We wish we could … but we don’t have enough room or labor to hold books. We suggest making purchases online or coming back another time.

What if I don’t have time to browse?

Short on time? Don’t hesitate to contact the Nueva Book Fair co-chairs for book selection assistance, or just stop by the Fair during open hours. We’re happy to help!

Who selects the books at the Book Fair?

Many of our books are hand-selected and oftentimes special-ordered for the Nueva community. We have a unique school and the books we have on offer are intended to reflect the tastes, sensibilities, and interests of our diverse community. We should note that our offering is possible only through the partnership we have had with Emily Scheinman, who has been Nueva’s book provider for more years than we can remember.


…You can send a token of your appreciation to a faculty member, or make a small holiday gift by funding a prepaid account of a faculty member on your homepage. (Note: Your gesture will be acknowledged. If you want to be anonymous, you can make a donation to the library fund instead.)

…The unused funds in your student’s prepaid account will be donated to the library to support future guest author visits and other library activities.

…Nueva gets a generous 25% of the proceeds from all book sales and 20% of proceeds from all game sales. This money is then used by the library to support guest author visits and other activities of the library.

…The Nueva Book Fair is the one big event when we get to affirm our support for a rich literate and literary community!

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