Monday, May 2, 2016

Wellsboro is a quarter finalists of the 2016 America’s Main Streets Contest!

If you’ve visited Wellsboro’s gaslight lined streets, you know there’s something special about it, and now America knows too. Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is now one of the top 25 quarter finalists of the 2016 America’s Main Streets Contest! Main Street Wellsboro couldn’t have done it without your votes. Thank you so much!

Voting for round three starts Monday, May 2nd at 10AM, You can vote for Wellsboro too! You can vote once a day from an IP address until May 29. Then the top ten main streets in America will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner. The winner gets a grand prize of $25,000 to revitalize its downtown.

Your vote can make that happen for Wellsboro Pennsylvania. You can visit the From My Shelf Books & Gifts Facebook page where it will be pinned to the top, or visit to vote. Winner will be announced June 3.

“The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand ‘America’s Main Streets’ contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We are so pleased to see how passionate people are about their Main Streets.

Just click on the photo of Wellsboro in Winter to be taken to the line to vote!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Teen Book Club: From 1900-1950

For our teen book club meeting on Thursday, May 19th, from 3:30-5pm, we're looking at an interesting slice of the book population: we'll all choose a book either WRITTEN between 1900 and 1950, OR a historical fiction book that takes place between 1900 and 1950.

As a guideline, this means you could choose any book about the sinking of the Titanic; World War I; the Great Depression; the Jazz Age; or World War II, and be easily within this month's category.

I started to dig a little deeper for suggestions, and found that there are HUNDREDS of choices.

Here are just a few books that were written during the first half of the 20th century:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Baum] 1900
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [Wiggin] 1904
Peter Pan (the original!) [Barry] 1904
Anne of Green Gables [Montgomery] 1908
The Secret Garden [Burnett] 1911
Little House in the Big Woods [Wilder] 1932
Mary Poppins [Travers] 1934
The Hobbit [Tolkien] 1937
The Fellowship of Ring [Tolkien] 1943
The Little Prince [St-Exupery]
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe [Lewis] 1950
Misty of Chincoteague [Henry] 1947
Henry Huggins [Cleary] 1950
The War of the Worlds [Wells] 1898 -- okay, so I stretched the years a little
The Call of the Wild [London]
Riders of the Purple Sage [Grey]
The Great Gatsby [Fitzgerald] 1925
How to Win Friends & Influence People [Carnegie] 1936
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [Smith] 1943
Johnny Tremain [Forbes] 1943
Pippi Longstocking [Lindgren] 1950
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl [Frank] -- written in the 1940s

AND, now, there are SO MANY AWESOME books, and young adult books, that cover this period in history! Really, there are thousands to choose from. Here are a few historical/historical fiction books where the story takes place between 1900 and 1950:

A Northern Light [Donnelly]
Death-Struck Year [Lucier]
The Diviners [Bray]
Bright Young Things [Godbersen]
The Berlin Boxing Club [Sharenow]
The Girl in the Blue Coat [Hesse]
The Book Thief [Zusak]
A Year Down Yonder [Peck]
Code Name Verity [Wein]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [Riggs]
The Big Burn [Ingold]
Nothing to Fear [Koller]
Al Capone Does My Shirts [Choldenko]
Unbroken [Hillenbrand]

Comment below or on the teen book club facebook page to let us know what you're reading!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Prune Trees & Shrubs

Help your trees, shrubs, and vines look and yield their best by making the right cut every time. Whether you are hoping for more flowers or fruit, trying to create a dense screen, or struggling to manage out-of-control growth, there is a pruning technique to achieve your goals. Expert gardener Barbara Ellis explains how a plant responds to pruning, how and when to use basic cuts, and what tools to use. Her plant-by-plant guide will give you the confidence you need to make that first cut.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Vegetable Butcher

The skills of butchery meet the world of fresh produce in this essential, inspiring guide that demystifies the world of vegetables. In step-by-step photographs, vegetable butcher Cara Mangini shows how to break down a butternut squash, cut a cauliflower into steaks, peel a tomato properly, chiffonade kale, turn carrots into coins and parsnips into matchsticks, and find the meaty heart of an artichoke. Additionally, more than 150 original, simple recipes put vegetables front and center, from a Kohlrabi Carpaccio to Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil Penne, to a Parsnip-Ginger Layer Cake to sweeten a winter meal. It's everything you need to know to get the best out of modern, sexy, and extraordinarily delicious vegetables.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

A new eight-hour event series based on "Roots" will be simulcast on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E over four consecutive nights beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

"Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a man-child was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte."

So begins "Roots," one of the most extraordinary and influential books of our time. Through the story of one family"his" familyAlex Haley unforgettably brings to life the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him: slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumber mill workmen and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects...and one author.

A national and international phenomenon at the time of its original publication, "Roots" continues to enthrall readers with its masterful narrative drive and exceptional emotional power, speaking to us all with an undiminished resonance and relevance.
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage.... Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning no matter what our attainments in life."Alex Haley

With an introduction by Michael Eric Dyson

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

James Cock: His Life and Times - 1630 - 1699

In the 17th century, Long Island experienced violent Wars against native tribes forced from their homelands. James Cock immigrated in the near-aftermath of those Wars. Over the next 50 years, he helped lead the establishment of three Long Island communities. He witnessed persecution of fellow Quakers sanctioned by egregious laws. He helped champion the growing clamor over taxation without representation, freedom of religion, and assembly and speech. All of this, decades before the Revolution...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Reading Is Its Own Reward

Reading is its own reward at From My Shelf Books. It is now with our new rewards program. It’s the best in Tioga County, and it’s FREE. Every dollar is a point. Save points, and save money. You turn points in for free stuff and dollars off books, gifts and games AND you get access to special sales and reward, plus a $10 gift certificate for your birthday. No cards to keep track off, just big rewards and big savings at From My Shelf Books & gifts on East Ave

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Hours 9AM to 6PM Monday to Thursday
9AM to 7PM Friday and Saturday
11AM to 4PM on Sunday

We are at 7 East Avenue, just a block from the famous Wellsboro Diner.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wellsboro Bookfest 2016

The time has come 'round once again, dear local authors!!

This year's Wellsboro BookFest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5th, from 9 to 3pm. Once again, it will be a community literacy festival, featuring YOU -- local & regional authors, who will sell their own books, talk with public, and talk with other authors about what works for them and what doesn't. We also have a used book sale, whose proceeds benefit the Wellsboro Area School libraries.

What is new for this year: BookFest will be held at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, right on Main Street. We should get much better traffic, because the visibility is FANTASTIC. BookFest is to be held right in the front gallery, with the huge windows facing the Main Street sidewalks and the Coolidge Theater. . We will benefit not only from all the PR that we do, AND that the school does, but also from the Deane Center's large mailing list and advertising space.

To participate in this year's BookFest, authors need to send us a check or come into the bookstore to make a nonrefundable payment of $25. This reserves one "cafeteria-sized" table, buys you a ton of PR, and guarantees your spot in this year's festival. The earlier we receive your payment, the earlier we can start promoting YOU as part of the festival, and giving you PR in more venues. Please send us blurbs and press release info that we may use to promote you in the newspaper, on the radio, in social media, on our website, etc. etc. Please make checks payable to "From My Shelf", to 7 East Avenue, Suite 101, Wellsboro, PA 16901. We'd like to have payment by Sept. 30th at the latest.

Local authors can set up their tables/areas between 6pm and 8pm on Friday evening, November 4th, or you may arrive at the Deane Center between 7:30 and 8:30am to set up then. Plan on being completely ready by 8:45 because the door opens to the public promptly at 9am. You will miss opportunities and possible sales if you're still scurrying around, fixing up your space. Don't forget that authors need to maintain their own cash register. You pay $25 for your space; the money you make is completely yours. We do not take any further percentage. You collect the cash; you decide if you're taking credit cards or checks. You collect your own sales tax, and deal with that on your own, with your own accountant.

If you need info about lodging, please let us know.

If you know of anyone else who would be interested in having a table, let them know and let us know!!

If you want more than one table for your display, it is not $25 per table. It's $25 for your space; if you need additional tables, it will be $10 extra per table. Maximum 3 tables, thanks!

So, let's get going! Woo-hoo!

We're promoting the event already, on our Facebook pages, and in local print media. I had a visit today from the director of the Deane Center, firming up details. Time to kick it into high gear!


Kasey Cox, manager
From My Shelf Books & Gifts
7 East Ave, Suite 101
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-5793
From My Shelf Books & Gifts | Building community, one book at a time, one event at a time

check us out on Facebook under From My Shelf Books & Gifts AND Wellsboro's BookFest

Friday, March 25, 2016

Putting the Cool Back in Political

I want to thank you for reading about my grassroots, write in campaign for president of the United States of America. It's time to put the cool back in political. 

Here we see Grace Coolidge, the wife of Calvin Coolidge, with their pet raccoon, Rebbecca. It's time to put another Coolidge back in the White House

It's also time to put another raccoon in the White House...

Actually, I'm here to talk about something much more important... inspiring children to read.

I think we can come to bipartisan agreement that reading is an important skill. With reading we improve our understanding, gain experience, learn to better communicate, boost imagination and creativity, and focus concentration.

A child that is an experienced reader is more successful all through school, and not just in reading, English and history, but all subjects.

Children who read often get better at it...but what happens if a child doesn't enjoy reading?...A child will read less.

Reading is a skill and not a natural born talent. You wouldn't expect to be able to sink a free throw if you never got on the court?

my goal is to encourage children to read more, and that's why I developed my book series, The Totally Ninja Raccoons.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons is a series specifically geared towards young readers from six to ten years old, especially the reluctant readers.

This is often the age that children start falling behind their peers if they aren't feeling excited about reading. 

It's vitally important that an aspiring reader enjoys what they are reading.

And what child doesn't enjoy raccoons, cats, ninjas, Chinese food, and of course...Bigfoot?

Some might call these cute creatures bandits or thieves, but with their masks, I always thought they were more like little ninjas, and thus The Totally Ninja Raccoons were born.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons are your basic heroes for hire. They work cheap, sometimes for a little Chinese takeout or a stale doughnut.

It's your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghost Busters in the mix.

What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

There are more things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

This series is set right here in Tioga County and Wellsboro Pennsylvania.

But it almost didn't happen....

Writing the book is the easy part. What do you do next?

You find a publisher, but first you have to find an agent, but not in the's too hot in the city, or in the's too close to the holidays, and definitely not spring it's too early, and autumn is just way too late.

Yeah, it's a little hard to find an agent. It's even harder to get them to read your manuscript.

You may have read that most professional writers go through many rejections. 

Well...I'd write a novel about rejection slips, but I'm afraid it'd be too long.

One agent thought I had something, but it was too similar to what another client was working on.

One agent thought that raccoons were sooo 2014 and on the way out and that possums is where it's at...

You can't fool children. Raccoons already have the masks. Possums just aren't cut out to be ninjas.

One agent loved the writing style, but wanted to set me up with her favorite illustrator, but my artist was already part of the process

I heard a lot of no.

Most agents, when they bothered to read my letters at all...replied that it wasn't right for their lists.

Which is industry speak for..I didn't like it, It's too niche, or I don't know how to sell it, and even...I prefer possums... You know...NO

So, what do you do when you have a story you want to share, but everyone else is looking for the next Harry Potter?

You form your own publishing house..

I published my books, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, and The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf through Ingram Spark.

I chose to only make it available as a real book. You won't find it in an electronic version.

Why did I do this? Studies have shown that students retain more information when reading from paper

I believe that reading is more than a chore. It's an tactile experience... I also believe in bookstores staffed by lovers of books.

I'd rather have real people selling real books to people that are the best match for that book.

Not every book is for every child and if the Totally Ninja Raccoons is not the right match, or if the child likes possums, then we can totally help them find the right book.

Thank you for reading about The Totally Ninja Raccoons.

I'm starting a new trend... Showing that reading is fun! Together, we can inspire children to keep reading and keep learning and keep bookstores vibrant and beating in the heart of their communities.

And remember it's NOT too late....

You can still totally write me in on the ballet this election day...thank you.

This blog post paid for by the committee to elect Gypsy, the Cat for President"

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook: Over 150 Tasty and Nutritious Recipes for People Who Have Difficulty Swallowing

Delicious and nourishing recipes that are easy to eat and swallow
The simple act of eating is a challenge for millions of people whose ability to chew and swallow has been compromised by the debilitating effects of age or disease. "The Easy-to-Swallow, Easy-to-Chew Cookbook" presents a collection of more than 150 nutritious recipes that make eating enjoyable and satisfying for anyone who has difficulty chewing or swallowing. It also shares helpful tips and techniques to make eating easier for the elderly and those with such diseases as Parkinson's, AIDS, or head and neck cancers.

DONNA WEIHOFEN, RD, MS, is a nutritionist at the renowned University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has helped hundreds of patients fight cancer nutritionally.

Robbins is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin.

Sullivan is a speech pathologist who specializes in swallowing rehabilitation at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital. She is also a clinical instructor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Medical School.