Monday, October 16, 2017

My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright (Board Books)


Frank Lloyd Wright used basic geometric shapes as the foundation for his modern architecture. Learn your basic shapes alongside this famous architect with My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright Board Book from Mudpuppy. Each chapter tab focuses on one of three basics shapes: circle, square, or triangle.
- Size: 6.25 x 7.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

9TH ANNUAL WELLSBORO BOOKFEST!



WELLSBORO—The Ninth Annual Wellsboro BookFest, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Spearheading the event are Tammy Knowlton, Wellsboro Area High School librarian and Kasey Cox Coolidge, manager of From My Shelf Books & Gifts.

Attending BookFest will be 20 visiting authors. The author portion of the event is free and open to the public.

“This year's used book sale promises to be our best, with the widest selection of genres and the greatest number of books from which to choose," said Knowlton. The used book sale has a $5 entry fee for people ages 10 and older. To reduce the fee to zero, attendees can get signatures from five visiting authors: $1 will be taken off the entry fee for each author's signature up to $5 total.

Bags and author signature sheets will be provided.

All books at the used book sale will be $5 a bag. The sale is being held to raise money to support the Wellsboro Area School District's four public school libraries. All money from the sale will be given to the libraries to purchase new and used books.

Local and regional authors attending this year's BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process. They represent a variety of genres and publishing venues. Among them are writers of Christian and children's books, local history, poetry and mysteries.

"Our authors are coming from as far away as River Edge, New Jersey and Philadelphia," said Coolidge. "We also have locals from Tioga County, Pa."

The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading and writing.

Those who have books they would like to donate to the sale are asked to drop them off at the high school or at From My Shelf Books during school and bookstore hours between now and Monday, Oct. 16. Magazines, encyclopedias or Time Life book sets will not be accepted.

For information about the used book sale, call the bookstore at 570-724-5793 or visit Wellsboro BookFest's Facebook page


Friday, October 13, 2017

Good Night, Steelers



Good Night, Steelers follows in the long tradition of 'good night' stories loved by children everywhere. The bedtime story takes children through the day of the big game good morning Pittsburgh as everyone wakes up in anticipation, good afternoon Steelers fans as everyone heads to Heinz Field, good evening Steelers as the teams take the field and game begins, and of course good night everyone as we say good night to Heinz Field, the players and young fans 'dreaming of their NFL debut.' Adorable illustrations and accurate drawings of Heinz Field and the Steelers only found in Good Night, Steelers. A touchdown for every young Steelers fan. Officially licensed by the NFL.

Bookstore Cats



Bookstore cats are an international phenomenon, and here is a collection as entertaining and as adorable as the cats who festoon book lovers' havens. This wonderful investigation has turned up the curious cats running bookshops worldwide, and documents the unique personalities of each. A sure-to-engage gift book for the cat lover, the book lover, the shopper, and the curious alike.

Reading an article about cats who live in bookstores inspired author Brandon Schultz to further investigate the lives of bookstore cats. Cats have strong personalities that enchant and engage, and it turns out there are many of them living in every reader's favorite environment: the bookstore. With personalities and histories as varied as the books they tend, each cat has a story worth telling.

Collected here are their tales, along with enchanting photos of the feline employees in their shops. Most bookstore cats are famous in their local communities, many have been featured and profiled in entertainment outlets, and some even have their own books and social media accounts.

Now, for the first time, some of the world's most beloved bookstore cats are collected together in one adorable directory, making the perfect gift for cat lovers, book lovers, shoppers, and the generally curious worldwide. Aside from keeping a bookseller free of mice, these noble creatures become part of the fabric of their environment and, while they chase away the mice, they lure in the world's cat-loving readers.

Brandon Schultz loves cats, bookstores, and especially bookstores run by cats. Among other things he is a book publisher, travel writer, and ice cream enthusiast. This is his fourth book, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with a cat named Lucy, who has previously authored her own book.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Independent We Stand



From My Shelf Books & Gifts and Kevin Coolidge's Totally Ninja Raccoons have both been nominated for the Indie Small Business Award sponsored by independentwestand.org. "Only 25 businesses will make it to the next round. We can't do it without the public's support," said Kevin Coolidge, owner of the bookstore at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro and author of the “Totally Ninja Raccoons,” a children's series he wrote specifically for young reluctant readers.

"People can vote once a day per IP address between now and Sunday, Nov. 12 for either my bookstore or my book series. That means those who use multiple computers can vote from home, from work and even their local coffee shop every day. The 25 getting the most votes will proceed to Round 2, which starts on Nov. 20 and ends on Dec. 11.

The top 10 selected will be in the running for the Indie Award grand prize. The overall winner will be announced on Dec. 13 and receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 in cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local organization that supports small businesses. "If From My Shelf Books & Gifts wins, we have selected the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce as the organization that helps small businesses in the community.

The chamber will receive $1,000, which is part of the award package. If Totally Ninja Raccoons wins, the Knoxville Public Library will receive the $1,000 for being totally awesome in supporting my new book series," said Coolidge. To make voting easier, a link to voting is pinned to the top of From My Shelf's Facebook page and to the top of the Totally Ninja Raccoons’ Facebook page. Those who don't do Facebook, can still vote for either the raccoons or the bookstore by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

H.P. Lovecraft's the Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers



The most merciful thing in the world, I believe is humanity's failure to fully conceive the cosmical horrors we've yet to reveal, and which up until now I have tried to conceal. The iconic H.P. Lovecraft 1928 story, The Call of Cthulhu, is now a children's book.

Seamlessly and gracefully told in anapestic tetrameter by "genius poet-artist" RJ Ivankovic. The late Professor Angell's research has been discovered by his grand-nephew, Francis Wayland Thurston. Francis delves into the papers and discovers a bas-relief depicting an odd creature with an octopoid head, spurring him to read on.

He learns of the raid led by Inspector Legrasse and the voyage of the Vigilant, captained by Gustaf Johansen. This glorious full color 102-page adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story was written and illustrated by R.J. Ivankovic.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bigfoot in Pennsylvania: A History of Wild-Men, Gorillas, and Other Hairy Monsters in the Keystone State


Timothy Renner is an illustrator, author, and folk musician living in Pennsylvania. His illustrations have appeared in the pages of various books, magazines, fanzines and comics as well as on many record and CD covers. Since 1995, Timothy has been making music both solo and with his band, Stone Breath. Stone Breath has released over a dozen albums. Timothy's first book, "Beyond the Seventh Gate" was published in 2016. Timothy is the co-host of "Strange Familiars," a podcast concerning the paranormal, weird history, folklore and the occult. He makes regular appearances on the paranormal radio show, "Where Did the Road Go?," and has appeared as a guest on many other podcasts and radio programs, including "Coast to Coast AM."

Cherry Springs State Park


Cherry Springs State Park is located in Potter County Pennsylvania. It is named for a large stand of Black Cherry Trees in the park. The park is popular with stargazers and astronomers due to it's exceptionally dark skies. It is one of the best places in the eastern United States for watching stars.

Cherry Springs State Park was named Pennsylvania's first dark sky park in 2000. The park hosts several several star parties a year. There are regular stargazing and educational programs for the public at the park.

Cherry Springs also offers has trails for hiking, biking and snowmobiling, and offers camping and picinic facilities. The surrounding state forest are home to a variety of plants and animals. Contact the State Park office for facility seasons and hours. Phone: 814-435-1037




Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Have Been Nominated!



The Totally Ninja Raccoons have been nominated for the Indie Awards sponsored by independentwestand.org. Only twenty five businesses will make the next round and they can't do it without your votes. The Totally Ninja Raccoons is a children's series specifically geared towards reluctant readers.

Voting to advance The Totally Ninja Raccoons to round two starts now! You can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work, AND when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop. Voting continues until November 13th. Then the top twenty five businesses will proceed to Round 2.

This year, the Indie Award winner will receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local small business group. The Ninja Raccoons will give the $1,000 to the Knoxville Public Library for being totally awesome when they win. Those raccoons are confident.

Your vote can make that happen for The Totally Ninja Raccoons. You can go to their Facebook page where there's a link pinned to the top to make voting easier.

If you don't do the Facebook thing, you can still vote by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com


JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO THE PAGE TO VOTE FOR THE TOTALLY NINJA RACCOONS!!!

From My Shelf Books & Gifts Has Been Nominated!



You may have already read that From My Shelf Books & Gifts has been nominated for the Indie Awards sponsored by independentwestand.org. Only twenty five businesses will make the next round and we can't do it without your votes.

Voting to advance us to round two starts now! You can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work, AND when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop. Voting continues until November 12th. Then the top twenty five businesses will proceed to Round 2.

This year, the Indie Award winner will receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local small business group. From My Shelf Books & Gifts will give the $1,000 to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce if we win!

Your vote can make that happen for From My Shelf Books. You can go to our Facebook page where we will have a link pinned to the top to make voting easier. If you haven't already liked our Facebook page, please do. We have lots of great cartoons, word play, and geek culture.

If you don't do the Facebook thing, you can still vote by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com

Thanks so much for helping us get this far.

The Staff at From My Shelf Books & Gifts

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