Weekly Specials, News & More
The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross, author
Our small bookstore is filled with ideas to contemplate, facts to learn, and stories to immerse yourself in.
I want to share a list with you of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. Lots of food for thought.
Architecture, Art, Biography, Black Studies, Business, CDs (music), Children’s, Civil War, Classics, Collectibles, Computers, Cooking, Crafts, Diet, Drama, Education, Fiction, Fitness, Food, Foreign Language, Gardening, Geography, Government, Health, History, Hobbies, How To, Humor, Language, Law, Literature, Marriage, Mathematics, Medicine, Michigan, Military, Miscellaneous, Music, Mystery, Native American, Nature, New Age, New Arrivals, Occult, Parenting, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Reading, Reference, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Seniors, Sociology, Speaking, Speech, Sports, Spy, Travel, True Stories, Westerns, Women’s Issues, Writing, Young Adult Fiction.
We welcome you to come in and browse.
There are a couple of special collections that I’d like to bring to your attention this week. We have a good size collection of what we call True Stories. This includes true crime and true adventure stories. You’ll find some pretty exciting accounts of true life dramas. We also have a very interesting collection of African American themed books, including stories about famous African Americans, African American Art books, and other African American studies and history. Finally, we have the 24 volume set, of the New York Edition of The Novels and Tales of Henry James. I have seen this set online for over a thousand dollars. This set is in very good condition, although the previous owner stamped his name on the top edge of the books, and we are asking $150.00.
How did the Upjohn and Gilmore families come to settle in Kalamazoo and how did their common beliefs result in the establishment of the Air Zoo and the Gilmore Car Museum?
Former KPS teacher Richard Cahow will answer those questions Wednesday, April 30, as the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library (FKPL). The luncheon meeting will convene at noon with a short business meeting at the Ladies’ Library Association at 333 S. Park Street.
Cahow, who received his BS and Masters degrees in History from Western Michigan University, taught in the Kalamazoo Public School system for 40 years, as well as teaching and consulting at WMU and becoming a champion of the archives there. He is the recipient of multiple recognitions for Excellence in Education and was named Outstanding Educator by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2011.
Cahow currently trains docents at the Air Zoo, where he has been a volunteer since 1979 and is working at the Gilmore Car Museum to revive the education program. He has been a volunteer there since 2010.
The luncheon, which includes appetizer, chicken rice soup, salad and kaiser roll, dessert, and beverage, costs $16 and begins at 12:00 p.m. Checks should be made payable to FKPL and are due by April 23. If you would like a vegetarian option please let us know that by April 23 also.
Free parking is available in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Lovell and Park streets, right by the Ladies’ Library Association.
Classics and literature are in the spotlight this week. We received a very large donation with many classics mostly in literature, but also in philosophy, and religion. The literature includes novels, criticisms, and biographies of authors. Many of these are older books but still in good condition and if you are a lover of literature I think the titles will surprise and please you. This collection includes some unusual things that we don’t often see and as usual you can’t beat the prices. If you’re a fan a Faulkner you will definitely want to check this out.
April is National Poetry Month. Beginning in 1996, each April we take time to recognize and celebrate poets and poetry. In 1996, President Clinton commemorated poets saying “Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best." This week we pulled together a really nice selection of children’s poetry including classics by Silverstein, Stevenson, Tomie dePaola, and Judith Viorst. You’ll also find rhymes, tongue twisters and even poetry by Dean Koontz. There’s a little bit of everything. It’s a fun collection that presents lots of opportunity for reading out loud with the child of your choice.
This is the last full week of our fiscal year. Next Tuesday is the beginning of our new year. The long, cold, winter was a little tough on sales. If you haven’t been in for a while or if you’re planning on coming in soon; how about this week? Help us finish up the year with a great week. I promise you’ll find lots to make you happy. We have lots of new things in almost every category. I look forward to seeing you this week!
We received a donation of some wonderful needlework magazines. Yarn forward and Interweave Knits include knitting and crochet patterns, colorful pictures and interesting articles. Quilting Arts Magazine is a high quality magazine with inspired quilt designs and Belle Armoire – Art to Wear has fantastic designer quality sewing projects. These magazines are priced between 25¢ and $1.00. These are just a few of the fine needlework publications we have available. There are loads of great ideas and lovely, creative projects in these magazines.
Do you remember the Landmark Book series? The books are true stories about American History and were written in the 1950s and 60s. We have a nice collection of these books. I know many homeschoolers like them. These books are not in “collectible”” condition, buy they are good solid reading copies, mostly without dust jackets. At $2.00 each it’s a great deal.
Donations have picked up and that means the selection in the store is better than ever. We replenished our shelves and you’ll find lots of great new things from which to choose. There are a couple of spotlights I’d like to share with you.
This week you can choose from a small but nice selection of The Great Courses by the Teaching Company, on DVD including: The Human Body: How We Fail and How We Heal, Great Religions of the World, The Life and Work of Mark Twain, you can choose from 14 different interesting topics.
And, for the younger crowd we have a nice selection of books from The American Girl Library. There are books about Addy, Samantha, Molly and the rest, as well as American Girl books on manners, math, boys, horses and more. If you know someone that likes American Girl books, we have a good selection at a great price.
March is National Reading Month. The National Education Association began Reading Month to encourage reading particularly with and to young children. We have so many wonderful children’s books to choose from. You can find a book for any age child, board books to teen fiction, it’s all here. The selection is great and the price is too! Most books cost about $1.00. Come down and see us and make it a family outing. We have books for everyone.
If you are a fan of classical music you won’t want to miss coming in this week. We have a large collection of classical music on CDs. I’m not an expert but I’ve been told that the selection will put a smile on your face if you love classical music.
“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”
― Helene Hanff, Q's Legacy
I love this quote. Come on down for a little “bookstore therapy.” As always we have lots of new things to choose from this week.