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Five Reasons You Should Buy Your Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift at the Friends:
1) Great low prices mean you can buy lots of books, DVDs, CDs, and/or audio books.
2) Great selection means you’re sure to find something your mom will like.
3) Gift Certificates are available, so you can let Mom enjoy choosing her own books.
4) Your mom will appreciate how thrifty and sensible you are.
5) Your mom will be proud and happy that you got her a great gift while supporting your local library!
Check out our pre-selected Mother’s Day books that are ½ off this week, but don’t limit yourself to our selection, there are many books throughout the store that will make wonderful gifts.
One of the things that keep people coming back again and again to the Friends Bookstore is the element of surprise. You never know what will be available from week to week. Each time you visit the store you will see something different; you might find a collectible vintage volume or a New York Times Best Seller. Here’s just a sample of the many hundreds of books put out this week:
• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachael Joyce
• The Trials of Lenny Bruce – the Fall and Rise of an American Icon, with CD, by Collins & Skover
• The Striker by Clive Cussler
• The Plan of Chicago – Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, by Carl Smith
• Netherlanders in America, A Study of Emigration and Settlement in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the United States of America by Jacob Van Hinte ( a hefty 1155 page tome)
• Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
• The Tin Ticket, The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss
• The Kalamazoo County Polk Directory 2012
• 250 new children’s picture books!
I’m swinging through trees
I’m winging sky high
With the buzzing black bees.
I’m the sun
I’m the moon
I’m the dew on the rose.
I’m a rabbit
Is twitching his nose.
I’m kicking my heels.
I’m crying “Come dance”
To the freshwater eels.
I’m racing through meadows
Without any coat
I’m a gamboling lamb
I’m a light leaping goat
I’m a bud
I’m a bloom
I’m a dove on a wing.
I’m running on rooftops
And welcoming spring!
- Karla Kuskin
This is the last full week of National Poetry Month
. We’ve been featuring poetry all month and we still have so many wonderful children’s poetry books available! I’m going to try and tempt you with a special sale this week, Buy One and Get One Free
! I think you’ll have a great time just paging through these books, and I know you’ll have fun reading them out loud!
We also have great special sales on trade fiction and mystery. Oh, and there’s a wonderful selection of poetry for grown-ups too.
We have two sales in the bookstore this week that I think you’ll want to check out. A large and varied selection of our trade fiction
is on sale– buy one for $1.00 and get one free.(If you’re curious by what I mean by trade fiction, read below) You will find lots of popular authors and recent titles. These are garage sale prices! Come in and stock up! The other sale is on select short stories.
We have a very nice selection of short stories for ½ off our regular prices, which makes most of these books 50¢ or $1.00.
If you haven’t visited us for a while, do it this week. In addition to all the great fiction we have books on everything from agriculture (gardening) to Zen Buddhism.
Paperback trade fiction is probably the most popular fiction that we sell in the bookstore. Occasionally someone will ask what exactly trade fiction is. Paperback books are published in three formats – mass market, trade and premium. Mass market paperbacks are the small paperbacks that usually sell for $7.99 new, premium paperbacks are the newest edition to the paperback family and are the same width as mass market paperbacks but about ¾” taller and sell for $9.99 new, and trade fiction are both wider and taller than both of the other formats and sell for $14.99 new. Trade fiction paperbacks are often referred to as book club books.
April is National Poetry Month. It is the month that we celebrate and honor poets and poetry. We put together a cart of poetry for children, geared for the most part toward younger children, and featuring humorous and whimsical poems. What child can resist a good rhyme? Take advantage of National Poetry Month to share the joy of poetry with a child you love. We have not left adults out of the celebration either. You will find a cart full of poetry we pulled together for you. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to savor a beautifully written poem may be just what you need.
Spring is here. I know that, not because the weather has convinced me, but because I see the school-age children out and about, off from school for (it must be) spring break. It looks like the weather is not going to cooperate by providing warm, sunny, spring days, for playing outdoors. So if you find yourself looking for something to do with your kids, I have a suggestion.
KPL is offering a series of fun events and activities geared for young school-aged children. The
program is called Spring Break Staycation and it runs all week. Check out the KPL website to learn more. While you are at the library with your children, be sure and visit the bookstore on the lower level. We have a wonderful Children’s area, filled with many story books, picture books, and nonfiction. There is also a teen/tween section filled with books for your middle or high schooler.
This week we have a great selection of Caldecott and Newbery award winning books available. And as a special spotlight for spring break we have a cart full of tween/teen fiction priced 3 for $1.00.
Finally, because April is poetry month, we have put together a cart full of children’s poetry. There are some really fun and entertaining poetry books I think you’ll enjoy sharing with your children.
We look forward to seeing you.
The Buy One Get One Free
special continues on select Teen Fiction
this week. Buy one book for a dollar and get a second book free. There is a lot of good reading available at this stunningly low price.
We are also spotlighting Michigan
books this week. We have put together a collection of Michigan-themed books. It’s a varied and interesting collection of recent and older books. Here’s a sample of some of the topics: ship wrecks on the Great Lakes, city histories, lore and legends, native plants, gardener’s guide, and much more.
Teen and Tween fiction
is on sale this week. Don’t miss this special Buy One Get One Sale on select Teen and Tween fiction
. When you buy one book for $1.00 you get the second one free. Stock up. Spread the word. This is a wonderful way for voracious readers to assure a supply that will stave off the anxiety that arises when the book pile starts to dwindle. (That isn’t just me is it?)
The sale on select Large Print
books continues this week. It’s a super sale – buy one for $1.00 and get two free – that’s three for the price of one! These are hardcover books, mostly fiction, and a real eclectic group of authors and titles. This is the last week to get these Large Print books at this extraordinary price!
If you like Science Fiction
you will want to plan a visit. We have a lot of Sci-Fi so we put out an extra cart-full, that’s an extra 150 plus Science Fiction books to choose from this week.
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing! Right now we have way too many large print books
. Boxes and boxes (and boxes) of large print books – good books – but they’re taking more than their fair share of space. I think our solution will make some people very happy. The books are out of the boxes now and starting Wednesday, we are offering a very special deal on select large print books, buy one for $1.00 and get 2 free! The books are hardcover and most are fiction, but not all, there is a sprinkling of assorted nonfiction. If you know someone who likes or needs large print, please let them know about this sale. I’m sure they’ll thank you.