Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Soup



Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

Fall



What happens to leaves during fall? Read this book to find out what happens in the fall. Books in this series introduce children to the four seasons. Each book uses simple, repetitive text to teach children basic vocabulary, and includes stunning photographs to show the changes that take place during each season. In Fall, children learn about typical autumn activities and changes in the natural world.

Apples and Pumpkins



In preparation for Halloween night and trick-or-treating, a family visits Mr. Comstock's farm to pick apples and pumpkins. In this Classic Board Book version of a perennial favorite, a young girl shares in the joy and excitement of the fall season. Full color.

Eleanor & Park


Banned Books Week was started in 1982, and is held every year during the last week of September. The freedom to access information and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular, is the foundation for Banned Books Week. This campaign stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of viewpoints so individuals can develop their own opinions and conclusions.

Books featured during Banned Books Week have either been targets, or have actually been banned or restricted, but thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community, most of these books have been retained in library collections.

Elanor & Park is often challenged. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013


Monday, September 22, 2014

Thank You for Your Support



I want to thank everyone who's supported us. It might have been a donation, or buying a book, or just sharing our posts. I thank you. We love books at From My Shelf Books, and we want to continue doing what we do. Your help has been appreciated.

You may know that my wife and I started out of our apartment. Selling our used books, going to book sales, and finally making the leap to a brick and mortar store. We started in the basement of 87 Main Street in Wellsboro, and after several years, outgrew the space.

A retail space came open at 25 Main Street and we leaped at the chance to expand. We even let a friend who had been renting from us know of the opportunity. We signed a lease and were excited to begin building our business. You may have heard that it is unwise to go into business with friends or family, and there is a lot of truth to that advice.

He wasn't happy with the amount of retail space he rented. He wasn't happy with the amount of basement. He wasn't happy where the recycling was placed once a week. He just wasn't happy. Basically, he wasn't the man we had known all those years. His constant complaining is a big part of the problem we have had and continue to have with the landlord.

We were served an eviction notice for such trivial things as where we put the cardboard for pickup, and when the check was written for the utilities, as we share those with our unsatisfied neighbor. Ultimately, we won the case against the eviction notice, even though we had to take it all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme court.

In our case, three judges has to decide on the case, and the decision was unanimous in our favor. One judge even asked the opposing attorney if this case should be here, and the term "petty" was even in the final decission. We should have never had to go that far, but we did. We won, but we are left with the cost of paying our lawyer.

That's why I'm asking for your help. I just wanted to make a living selling books and giving Wellsboro the type of bookstore that I wish were here growing up. The landlord and my co-tenant didn't want that to happen. If you can help keep a rural bookstore going, the only bookstore in three counties, you will be helping Wellsboro grow.

We just don't sell books. We offer several programs--such as a teen bookclub, a writer's group, and more. We grew up here, and we want to build something that lasts. You can help in several ways. If you can donate, you can visit our fundraiser, any amount is appreciated, and if you can't, we understand that too. If you can share, it's still helpful.

I never really wanted to ask for donations, but at this point, I just don't know how I'm ever going to come up with the money. It takes a lot of books to earn $5,000 dollars, but if you want to buy a book, that's what we do. You can visit our website. It's secure, and you can buy new books from us there. Most books via the website are 20% off regualr retail with some exceptions.

We started by selling used books, and about 25% of our inventory is still used. We often have out of print books come in, as well as gently used books that have recently been released. It varies, and it's always fun to come in and browse, but we also sell these used books via half.com a subsiderary of Ebay. You can visit our store here or find some of our more eccelctic items on Ebay, our seller name is kcool1969. We ship daily.

Thanks again for all those we have given us support, even if it's just a "hang in there" We want to keep bringing Wellsboro and Tioga County a love of books and fun, and with your help, we can make that happen...

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin



This gently spooky twist on "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween
"The itsy bitsy pumpkin"
"rolled down the spooky street."
"He passed a ghoulish ghost"
"and some stinky goblin's feet."
A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch--where there are no spiders to be seen Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme


Pumpkin Cat



Through the seasons, Cat and Mouse work together in the garden.
Together, they watch seeds that turn into plants in the spring,
and plants that turn into flowers in the summer,
and flowers that turn into pumpkins in the fall!
And when their pumpkins are finally ready, Mouse gives the best surprise of all to his friend, Cat!
Anne Mortimer’s charming story about friendship and discovery is perfect for any season.

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition


Banned Books Week was started in 1982, and is held every year during the last week of September. The freedom to access information and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular, is the foundation for Banned Books Week. This campaign stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of viewpoints so individuals can develop their own opinions and conclusions.

Books featured during Banned Books Week have either been targets, or have actually been banned or restricted, but thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community, most of these books have been retained in library collections.

Diary of a Young Girl is one of those often challenged books. Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol. She fretted about and tried to cope with her own sexuality.

Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse for two years. She was thirteen when she went into the Secret Annex with her family.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


Banned Books Week was started in 1982, and is held every year during the last week of September. The freedom to access information and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular, is the foundation for Banned Books Week. This campaign stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of viewpoints so individuals can develop their own opinions and conclusions.

Books featured during Banned Books Week have either been targets, or have actually been banned or restricted, but thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community, most of these books have been retained in library collections.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of those challenged books. Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie's YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.