Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading 2018

For Kids   |   For Adults

Four Ways for Kids To Join In Our Summer of Fun!

DATES: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28
TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Join us for four fabulous sessions exploring the beloved Magic Tree House series. There will be puzzles! There will be crafts! There will be games! We're even throwing in a takeaway snack. Oh yeah, and there will be a story. Of course. Each session will be organized around a particular theme: 

June 16: Animals (especially sharks!)
June 30: Science (just how smart was Leonardo daVinci?)
July 14: Sports (what's your favorite—baseball or the Olympics?)
July 28: Heroes (from knights to civil rights)

Best suited for children ages 6–8.

Love the Who Was books? Us, too.

Step 1: Stop by the shop and ask for a special Who Was card.
Step 2: Read any six books from WHOHQ and get your card stamped.
Step 3: Win an amazing Who Was Hall of Fame sampler book!

Piece of cake—and educational, too!

Perfect for the voracious reader! As you work through that stack of cool books this summer, keep score on our Summer Reading Superheroes bingo card. Fun categories like A Book About a Person From History and A Book Published Before You Were Born will challenge you to read books you may have never otherwise grabbed! Who knows? One of them might turn out to be your new favorite.

Return your winning bingo card by the end of the summer for the chance to win a $50 Blue Willow gift card.

Come to our weekly Thursday storytime for toddlers! It starts at 10:00 and it’s a fast paced, high-energy time for stories, songs, and craft. This summer, we are asking our families to bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly each week for our local food bank. So many kids go hungry in the summer when school lunches are not available—let's show the community some love.

Three Ways for Grown Ups to Get In On the Action!

This one's simple. We have a great roster of author events lined up for the summer months, and we'd love for you to join us. Come to one (or all!), and we'll guarantee you an evening of thoughtful discussion, good books, and usually some wine.

Here are some of our summer highlights:

June 9: Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, author of The Map of Salt and Stars
June 11: Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
June 13: Rick Bragg, author of All Over But the Shoutin' and The Best Cook in the World 
June 21: Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
July 19: Melissa Radke, author of Eat Cake. Be Brave.

We can't wait to see you there!

We're also calling this the "Read 5" challenge. It works like this.

Over the course of the summer, read any five:

  • Books from an awards list. (Like this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or a fun genre list like the Edgars, Hugos, or Indie Press). Feel free to mix and match the lists or simply stick with one. Your call!
  • Books about or written by a follower of each of the world’s four largest religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Choose another religion for your fifth book, such as Judaism or Taoism.
  • Books that all contain a common word in their titles. It could be easy—remember all those books a few years back with "girl" in the title?—or something less common like, say, “invisible.” Feel free to ask for suggestions—either before or after you've chosen a word!
  • Books that have been made into movies. Then watch the movies! (Spoiler alert: The book was better.) 
  • Books that explore a historical event in our country that you don’t know much about. Mix it up with fiction and non!

Happy reading, friends.

Okay, yes, it's true. We like our wine around here. Ever been to one of our grown-up author events?

Lesser-known fact: Certified experts assure us that the wine we open during those fun weekday events has a 100% chance of going bad by the following Saturday. 

Clearly we needed to do something about that.

Enter Bibliotherapy, a time for us to talk about books, give recommendations, and—you guessed it—enjoy a glass of wine amongst friends.

Every Friday at 5:00 PM.

We'll save you a glass.