By Jeff Fox

A used book fair raising money for the Grain Valley Assistance Council begins today.

It’s at the Grain Valley Historical Society building, 506 N. Main St., and runs the rest of the week. Hours are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers say there’s a wide variety in the 3,000 books available, with paperbacks at 50 cents to $2, hardback novels $1 to $4 and children’s books 10 cents to $1.

“The books are reasonably priced, but we also take donations as well. So come check that out,” Dawn Buckallew, secretary of the council’s board, said at Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The Assistance Council provides services to those in need. It has a food shelf at the First Baptist Church and gives help with utilities. This month, it will give out food for Thanksgiving meals and then to do the same next month for Christmas.

“There’s a great need there,” said case manager Mary Strack. She said about 125 families will get help with the holiday meals.

The group’s recent trivia night raised more than $3,000, and its auction raised more than $8,000. The Dec. 3 Chamber of Commerce luncheon, also with an auction, will be a fundraiser for the group as well.