Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Where's Waldo?


Where's Waldo? He’s around Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, of course.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts is once again partnering with a nationwide celebration of the Shop Local movement with the help of the iconic children’s book character, Waldo.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the "Where's Waldo?" books. Martin Handford's collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late 1980s, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over.

Waldo lends his longevity and popularity to 25 businesses in our local community this July, to highlight these locally-owned businesses and all that our area has to offer! The search for Waldo goes on for the entire month of July and culminates in the Waldopolooza Party on July 31, when prizes will be awarded. Prizes include something from every participating business, as well as Waldo books and swag from Candlewick Press, Waldo's American publisher.

Beginning in Wellsboro on Saturday, July 1, Waldo-lovers of all ages, from youngsters to grandparents, are invited to begin the hunt to find the elusive character hidden around dozens of businesses in our area. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Find Waldo passport at From My Shelf to begin collecting a store stamp or signature for each Waldo they spot. There is no charge to participate in this family-friendly activity! For every store signature a searcher obtains, their name goes on one ticket in the prize jar.

Confirmed businesses at this time include: Cafe 1905 and the Children’s Department, both in Dunham’s Department Store at 45 Main Street; C.S. Sports, 81 Main Street; Fifth Season, 100 Main Street; Farmer’s Daughters, 11719 U.S. Route 6; Fox's Pizza and Terry's Hoagies, 7 Charleston Street; From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 East Ave; Garrison's Men's Shop, 89 Main Street; Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street; Grubby's Games, 16 Pearl Street; Highland Chocolates, 11724 U.S. Route 6; In My Shoes, 85 Main Street; the Native Bagel, 1 Central Avenue; Needles Quilt Shop, 75 Main Street; Peggy’s Candies & Gifts, 82 Main Street; Red Rose Antique Mall, 17 N Main St in MANSFIELD; Shabby Rue, 69 Main Street; Scoops Munchies & More, 2 Buena Vista Street; Shady Grove Natural Market, 144 Tioga Street; This N' That Thrift Store, 34 Fellows Ave; Tioga Office Products, 96 East Ave; Tony's Italian Cuisine, 3 Main Street; Wellsboro House Restaurant & Brewery, 34 Charleston Street; and Wild Asaph Outfitters, 71 Main Street. A few other businesses may be added, for bonus points, with the addition of other characters from the Waldo world!

For more information, call 570-724-5793.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Giveaway for The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake



The Sixth fun adventure of the Totally Ninja Raccoons is here, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. You can win a signed copy. Just click on the link at the end of this blogpost

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Secret of Nessmuk Lake, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn to respect privacy, and meet a creature of Scottish legend, The Loch Ness Monster!

The Cat Board plots against the Ninja Raccons as the Raccoons explore the depths of Lake Nessmuk. Will the Raccoons learn the secret? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal finally learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers 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 Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.




Goodreads Book Giveaway


The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake by Kevin Coolidge



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Monday, June 12, 2017

Bookstore Cats


Huck & Finn, the cats at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, are famous. Just ask them. Those rascally cats are about to be even more famous. They are going to be in a book called Bookstore Cats.





The book is about, you guessed it, Bookstore Cats. The writer, Brandon Schultz, contacted the store in January of 2017. He had heard about our bookstore cat, Hobo, and wanted to include him in the upcoming book.

Hobo was the bookstore cat at From My Shelf Books for almost eight years. Hobo was known across the United States, and even overseas. He was an ambassador, children's author and even received his own obituary.

Hobo has crossed the rainbow bridge, but Huck & Finn were gracious enough to grace the pages of the upcoming book which will be published in September of 2017. You can pre-order the book now at From My Shelf Books and Huck & Finn will be happy to autograph it.

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.



Author Event with Jessica Eppley



From My Shelf Books & Gifts will host a free author event on Saturday July 1st from 11AM to 2PM. Authr Jessica Eppley will be signing her four book series, The Book of Siavon at From My Shelf Books 7 East Ave in Wellsboro PA.

In the first book, The Ruby Child, a shadow has fallen over the wondrous magical world of Aryth. Evil has enveloped the holy cities, and all hope rests on an ancient prophecy that only a child born with ruby eyes can fulfill.

Raised by a warrior in the outskirts of Nodens, a spirited teenage girl named Keavy trains to battle Crocotta, a deadly shape-shifter with the power to control the wild beasts terrorizing her once peaceful homeland.

With the aid of an old catfolken scientist, a clumsy wood faun, and an arrogant young blacksmith, Keavy decides to leave behind the carefree days of her youth to embark on a perilous journey - a quest to restore peace and happiness to Aryth - a destiny only she can fulfill.

Come meet and talk with Jessica Eppley and talk with the author about her writing and the publishing process, as well as get a signed, personalized copy.

For more information call From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 570-724-5793





Saturday, June 10, 2017

June At From My Shelf Books & Gifts



June is our favorite time of year in Tioga County here at From My Shelf Books. Everything is awake. The hills are green and fresh. The wind feels alive, and people are enjoying the weather and anticipating the upcoming summer season.

Wellsboro pays homage to our state flora with the Laurel festival, which reminds me that it's time to remember dear old dad and Father's Day. From My Shelf Books & Gifts is full of great books and fun, geeky gifts for your dad.

Kevin Coolidge, co-owner of the bookstore, is also a children's author, and he'll be on the Green June 16th & 17th with his children's series, The Totally Ninja Raccoons. There are currently six books in the series, and a signed book makes a wonderful gift.

Kevin will also have his almost grown-up book there, Operation Ragnarok. If your dad loves the Big Bang Theory, Norse Mythology, or Geek Culture, he'll love this book. Kevin is writing a follow-up, and there are scenes from the Laurel Fest in the sequel, which is called, Code Name Cthulhu.

Kevin will be doing an author presentation in Troy Pennsylvania on June 23rd at 2PM. Come by and hear about the Totally Ninja Raccoons. If you are interested in Kevin doing a presentation at your school or library, contact the bookstore.

The staff at From My Shelf Books looks forward to seeing you this season. Stop by and say hello, and see Huck & Finn, our bookstore cats. Huck & Finn are in a book being published in October about bookstore cats called...Bookstore Cats, and you can pre-order a copy now.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts
7 East Ave
Wellsboro PA 16901




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Giveaway for Operation Ragnarok



Win an autographed copy of Operation Ragnarok by author Kevin Coolidge



“We are all just killing time, until time eventually kills us. We go through life knowing death is waiting, but not knowing what comes next. I don't have to wonder anymore, because I died.”

Operation Ragnarok is a fantastical adventure with comedic elements about a group of gamers going through a mid-life crisis, instead of the little red corvette, they decide to steal a Viking longship from a museum and release an ancient evil. It's a story of friendship, sacrifice, and unleashing Hel on Earth...

Operation Ragnarok, think Night at the Museum meets The Big Bang Theory with a touch of Stand by Me vibe. Great for those who love mythology, gaming, and geek culture, but not needed to enjoy this fast-paced tale. If you've ever rolled the dice, you need this book.

Operation Ragnarok is available for just $7.99 in print version from www.wellsborobookstore.com, or wherever books are sold, as well as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Apple products

Want to unleash Hel on Hollywood? Check out the Valhalla Project of Facebook

Advance Praise for Operation Ragnarok

Operation Ragnarok is a fast-paced, irreverent nerdfest with laugh out loud dialogue, like Big Bang Theory on steroids. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy! --Dana Fredsti, author of the Ashley Parker Plague Town series

"Hoist your geek flag with Operation Ragnarok, And remember to always bring your claymore with you when robbing a museum or trying to save the world!" --Patrick Thomas, author of the Murphy's Lore series and the Dear Cthulhu advice columns and books

"Let's face it; there's a little hell raising Norseman in all of us. So top off your drinking horn, shoulder your trusty Claymore, and board your very own Viking longship. Kevin J. Coolidge's "Operation Ragnarok" is about to set sail. Who says geeks and gamers can't save the world?" -- Max Hawthorne , author of the bestselling Kronos Rising series.

If you're a fan of Norse mythology, pop culture, action and humor this is the book for you! Operation Ragnarok is a wild romp of a read. --V.L. Locey, romance author and mythology aficionado

"A Dungeons and Dragons adventure comes alive with good friends and a hero who loves books!" -Ann Myers, mystery author of Bread of the Dead.



JUST CLICK ON THE OPERATION RAGNAROK TO BE TAKE TO THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Book Giveaway for the Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot!



The book that started it all, "The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot" is now Story Monster Approved! It's the first book in the Totally Ninja Raccoon series, and you can win a FREE, autographed copy.

In "The Totally Ninja Raccoons meet Bigfoot", our protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.

In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't the monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons learn that sometimes you have to choose your own path if you want to choose your destination.

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.

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

This is the age that children start falling behind peers if they aren't 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!

Signed, personalized books available at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, on the Internet at wellsborobookstore.com, or wherever books are sold



CLICK OF THE ILLUSTRATION TO BE TAKEN TO THE GIVEAWAY!!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and Kevin Too!



Author, Kevin Coolidge, talking about his children's series, The Totally Ninja Raccoons with clips from his talk and reading at the Deane Center in Wellsboro Pennsylvania





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Book Giveaway for The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake


The Sixth fun adventure of the Totally Ninja Raccoons is here, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. You can win a signed copy. Just click on the link at the end of this blogpost

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Secret of Nessmuk Lake, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn to respect privacy, and meet a creature of Scottish legend, The Loch Ness Monster!

The Cat Board plots against the Ninja Raccons as the Raccoons explore the depths of Lake Nessmuk. Will the Raccoons learn the secret? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal finally learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers 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 Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.




Goodreads Book Giveaway


The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake by Kevin Coolidge



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Blue Ridge Community Report 5/20/17


There's a segment about the Totally Ninja Raccoons 14 minutes in...


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder



Published over eighty years after its inception, "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" edited by Pamela Smith Hill gave readers new insight into the truth behind Wilder's fiction. "Pioneer Girl Perspectives" further demonstrates the importance of Wilder as an influential American author whose stories of growing up on the frontier remain relevant today.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scratch & Sniff Book of Weed (Board Books)



Legal in all 50 states, this entertaining, informative, and whimsically illustrated guide covers 4,000 years of weed and its significance--psychoactive, cultural, medical, sexual, and more--in just 22 pages and with 20 scratch-&-sniff scents. From the science behind the munchies to the botanical link between weed and beer; from weed's sexual upsides to its (literal) sexual downsides; from Tupac to Shakespeare to why weed makes music sound better: This book may just be the greatest-ever gift for anyone from the cannabis connoisseur to the cannabis curious.


Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices



Sam and Dean Winchester have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. Over the years, after dozens of bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods. With the help of allies--both human and supernatural--they've discovered that every threat they vanquish opens a new door for evil to enter in.

Visitors passing through Brownsdale, Kentucky are often never seen again. The locals claim that it's easy to fall victim to the vast local caves if explored unaided, but when two young girls go missing Sam and Dean set out to investigate.
As the brothers start to suspect something far more sinister in the town, and possibly lurking in Mammoth Cave, they realise that someone is determined to protect the town secret--even if it means killing Sam and Dean himself.
A brand-new Supernatural novel, set during season 10, that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author to Read At The Allen F. Pierce Free Library Central Library


The Allen F. Pierce Free Library Central Library will host a free children's author event for youth 12 and under and their parents on Friday June 23rd at 2PM. Author Kevin Coolidge will read from “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot” to children at the Allen F. Pierce Free Library Central Library 34 Fenner Ave, Troy, PA.

Last year, Coolidge published the first two books in his new series set in Wellsboro and Tioga County, Pa. “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot” is the first book in his series about the three raccoon brothers who become ninjas. “The series is for the 7- to 10-year-old reluctant reader who loves action, adventure and creatures whose existence has yet to be proven, like Bigfoot,” said Coolidge.

"I'm really looking forward to this event," says Coolidge. " It's a great library for such a small town with helpful librarians and volunteers and Troy is lucky to have it."

In the second book, the raccoons meet the “Weird & Wacky Werewolf.” In the third, they learn “The Secret of the Canyon,” in the fourth, meet “The Thunderbird” and in the fifth are involved in “The Catmas Caper.” The sixth book titled “The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake” was just released in May.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons series will soon be in the library's circulation, and all six books will be available for purchase after the presentation. Kevin will happily sign and personalize copies bought at the event, or purchased elsewhere.

For more information call the Allen F. Pierce Free Library Central Library at 570-297-2745.



DC Sets 'Wonder Woman Day' Celebration for June 3



The iconic superhero will be honored across the world. The first weekend in June will belong to Wonder Woman. On June 2nd,3rd,and 4th You can save 30% off any book, graphic novel or merchandise featuring Wonder Woman at From My Shelf Books & Gifts.

Not only does the iconic superhero have her own Warner Bros. movie opening June 2, but DC Entertainment has declared the following day "Wonder Woman Day," with more than 2,000 comic book stores, bookstores and libraries participating in a celebration of the beloved character.

Comic book creators who have worked on the character, including Greg Rucka, Cliff Chiang, Marc Andreyko, Shea Fontana and Cat Staggs, will be participating in special Wonder Woman Day events to talk about their love for Diana, with details to be announced soon.

Wonder Woman Day concludes DC's yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman's first appearance. The hero debuted in 1941's All-Star Comics No. 8. In addition to the release of her first solo movie, June 2017 also marks the 75th anniversary of the first solo Wonder Woman comic book.



















Friday, May 26, 2017

We've Never Done This Before



From My Shelf Books & Gifts has been in business for eleven years, and we are have books and books and books. We need to make room for more, and so we are doing something we've never done before

We are having a HUGE 50% off everything in the store for four days over Memorial Day weekend. This May 26, 27, 28, and 29th everything in the store is 50% off, but you have to be a current member.

OUR PHENOMENAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM!!


COST: $25 for 12 months, covers your household:
(defined by people who live together in one domicile)
$20 to renew if you have previously been a member!
*
ALL YOUR AWESOME BENEFITS!!

DISCOUNTS:
*receive 20% off new paperback books & 25% off new hardcovers

*receive special, deeper discounts off new audio books and off certain big-ticket preorder items (like some new releases)

*discounts on entry fees to certain events!

*20% off card games, jigsaw puzzles, craft kits, novelty mugs, plush, and many other fun in-store items!

*30% off all board games!

SPECIAL SALES:
*frequent "members-only" sales on used books, double points earnings, or 30-50% off special sale items!

*special offers only available by signing up for the Five Star Rewards Program (our 'paperless punch card')


DELIVERY:

*free delivery within a five-mile radius of the bookstore

*we regularly deliver to the Laurels, Fellows Town Apts, Pinnacle Towers, the hospital, the Shared Home, downtown businesses, the Green Home, and Tioga County jail

PLUS:

TWO different ways to earn bookstore credit!!

***bring 5-8 books in for trade-in ANY time, no appointment necessary

***new paper-less "punch card" program: $1 spent = 1 point: redeem points for discounts and free merchandise!


**If you are planning on spending more than $50-60 with us in a 12 month period, it is less expensive to pay our $25 fee and get all of your membership discounts than it is to pay full price on books.... and that does not take into account all the credit you can earn by trading books in or further discounts you receive by using the rewards program!**


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Help Wellsboro Make the Top Ten



If Wellsboro wins, we will get a $25,000 grant for downtown improvements as well as national PR! Since tourism drives many jobs in our area, this is always helpful! Right now, we're in the Top 25..... help take Wellsboro to the TOP 10! Where will you vote today?


JUST CLICK ON THE CANYON TO GO TO THE SITE TO VOTE!

50% Off Memorial Day Sale!!



From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be holding a Memorial Day 50% members only sale May 26, 27, 28 and 29th. We've NEVER done this on everything in the store. You have to be a member to take part of this sale.

Memberships are just $25. Membership gives you discount on books, gifts & games, and is good for 12 straight months, every day of the year. You can join during this period, but why wait?

We are also showcasing our new expansion. We now over over 450 square feet more of books, gifts & games for you to browse. There's even more geeky goodness than before with great Star Wars gift items, our zombie section of gifts, Doctor Who, cool mugs, and even more books and games than ever before!

We are also celebrating Kevin's latest book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. Has your child tried this award winning series? With six books to choose from. The child in your life is sure to find one they enjoy. These books all take place right here in Tioga County, and children are loving them.


It's all at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, your hometown bookstore

7 East Ave, Wellsboro PA

(570)724-5793

www.wellsborobookstore.com


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MEMBERS ONLY SALE



From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be holding a Memorial Day 50% members only sale May 26, 27, 28 and 29th. We've NEVER done this on everything in the store. You have to be a member to take part of this sale.

Memberships are just $25. Membership gives you discount on books, gifts & games, and is good for 12 straight months, every day of the year. You can join during this period, but why wait?

We are also showcasing our new expansion. We now over over 450 square feet more of books, gifts & games for you to browse. There's even more geeky goodness than before with great Star Wars gift items, our zombie section of gifts, Doctor Who, cool mugs, and even more books and games than ever before!

We are also celebrating Kevin's latest book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. Has your child tried this award winning series? With six books to choose from. The child in your life is sure to find one they enjoy. These books all take place right here in Tioga County, and children are loving them.


It's all at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, your hometown bookstore

7 East Ave, Wellsboro PA

(570)724-5793

www.wellsborobookstore.com


Monday, May 22, 2017

Memorial Day Hours at From My Shelf Books & Gifts



Memorial Day Hours at From My Shelf Books & Gifts

Friday, May 26 9AM to 7PM

Saturday May 27 9AM to 7PM

Sunday May 28 11AM to 5PM

Monday May 29 9AM to 5PM




50% Off Membership Sale Memorial Day Weekend!!



From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be holding a Memorial Day 50% members only sale May 26, 27, 28 and 29th. We've NEVER done this on everything in the store. You have to be a member to take part of this sale.

Memberships are just $25. Membership gives you discount on books, gifts & games, and is good for 12 straight months, every day of the year. You can join during this period, but why wait?

We are also showcasing our new expansion. We now over over 450 square feet more of books, gifts & games for you to browse. There's even more geeky goodness than before with great Star Wars gift items, our zombie section of gifts, Doctor Who, cool mugs, and even more books and games than ever before!

We are also celebrating Kevin's latest book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. Has your child tried this award winning series? With six books to choose from. The child in your life is sure to find one they enjoy. These books all take place right here in Tioga County, and children are loving them.


It's all at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, your hometown bookstore

7 East Ave, Wellsboro PA

(570)724-5793

www.wellsborobookstore.com


Susan Beckhorn Williams At From My Shelf Books & Gifts




From my Shelf Books & Gifts will host the award-winning author, Susan Beckhorn Williams on Saturday June 10th to celebrate her paperback release of "The Wolf's Boy". There's nothing like a dog and boy tale, and "The Wolf's Boy" is about the very first dog and boy story.


Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a clubfoot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter's sacred weapons.

Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to his true friends, the yellow wolves, for companionship. They have not forgotten the young human they nurtured as an abandoned infant. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her, bringing her back to live with him.

But as winter draws near, Kai's wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People. When the worst happens, Kai knows that they must leave for good. Together, they embark on a journey into the north-a place of unimaginable danger-that tests the power of friendship and the will to survive.

Award-winning author Susan Williams Beckhorn delivers a powerful tale set in Paleolithic times. Inspired by modern discoveries, Susan's careful research creates a vivid picture of a time when the first wolves came to live with humans and forged a bond that lives on to this day.

Susan Williams Beckhorn is the award-winning author of half a dozen children's books. Her novel, Wind Rider, a "first horse" story set in prehistoric Asia, received acclaim by KLIATT and Booklist, was a Book Sense Pick, and was selected to ALA's Amelia Bloomer List for literature which promotes equality for women. Susan grew up in a family where kids, animals, & the outdoors are cherished. She lives and writes in Rexville, NY.


Susan with her dog Curry















Sunday, May 21, 2017

MEMBERS ONLY SALE


From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be holding a Memorial Day 50% members only sale May 26, 27, 28 and 29th. We've NEVER done this on everything in the store. You have to be a member to take part of this sale.

Memberships are just $25. Membership gives you discount on books, gifts & games, and is good for 12 straight months, every day of the year. You can join during this period, but why wait?

We are also showcasing our new expansion. We now over over 450 square feet more of books, gifts & games for you to browse. There's even more geeky goodness than before with great Star Wars gift items, our zombie section of gifts, Doctor Who, cool mugs, and even more books and games than ever before!

We are also celebrating Kevin's latest book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. Has your child tried this award winning series? With six books to choose from. The child in your life is sure to find one they enjoy. These books all take place right here in Tioga County, and children are loving them.


It's all at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, your hometown bookstore

7 East Ave, Wellsboro PA

(570)724-5793

www.wellsborobookstore.com

CLICK ON MEMBESHIP ONLY FOR A LIST OF MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS!


2017 America's Main Street Contest



I just voted for Wellsboro Pennsylvania to win $25,000 to invest in Wellsboro's downtown. It's the 2017 America's Main Street Contest. You can vote too! You can vote once a day from an IP address until May 28. Then we'll see if Wellsboro makes the next round.

Wellsboro, a town of beauty and culture rich in natural resources and the County Seat of Tioga County, might be set down in any section of New England and find itself in familiar surroundings. The Wellsboro area, home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, offers hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails from flat packed surfaces to rugged mountain terrain. Spend time fishing, swimming and canoeing in one of the many area parks.

They’re free in Pennsylvania! Maybe you’d like to try horseback riding or have an off road adventure. It’s time to relax. Spend a few nights in one of our many lodging options and enjoy fabulous meals at your choice of area restaurants. Stroll the gas lit streets of Wellsboro where you’ll find family owned businesses offering personal attention to your needs. Maybe you’d rather take a scenic train, trolley or go rafting. You’ll find it all here in the Wellsboro area.

Come and see us, it’s a short drive from your back yard to ours! Wellsboro has an attractive downtown and an active Chamber of Commerce with over 300 members working together to build a strong community for today and tomorrow. Call our office at (570) 724-1926 and find out how the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce can work with you.

SHARE THIS NOMINATION WITH FRIENDS TO HELP WELLSBORO MAIN STREET PENNSYLVANIA GET MORE VOTES:

Click on this photo The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon outside Wellsboro to take you to the link to vote.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Go National



The Totally Ninja Raccoons have a feature article in Story Monsters Ink. Learn about their origin story and the infamous Cat Board. Story Monsters Ink is a great children's magazine for children, librarians, and educators.

The article on The Totally Ninja Raccoons is on page 28.

Click on the cover to read the article

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is Your Membership Current?



When I was growing up in Wellsboro, there wasn't a bookstore. You could get Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew at the Paxon's 5 & 10. The Acme had a shelf with a few mass market paperbacks, there was a used bookstore for a short time, but that was is.

The nearest bookstore was at the Arnot Mall, and it was always the first store I went to and sometimes the only one. I remember I had a membership, and it gave me 10% off. It was a lot in those days before the internet where everyone strives to undercut everyone else.

When my wife and I started From My Shelf Books & Gifts we wanted to build the type of store we wished were here when growing up. We wouldn't just have new books, or used books, or books, but games, gifts, and an awesome membership.

The membership program we developed wouldn't just give a 20% discount on new paperback, but 25% on new hardcovers, 30% off board games, and allow members to trade in their books for store credit.

There are some books I just won't give up, but some books I only am going to read once. For example, once you read it, a mystery just isn't a mystery anymore, but you might want to keep that history book for your collection, and there are some books I read every few years. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, I get something new every time I read it.

So, for those people who like to hold on to their books, we developed the rewards program. Every dollar you spend is worth a point, and you can redeem points for special purchases dollars off. For example, 100 points is equal for ten dollars off! You can use these points on books, games, or custom orders.


Bring the family—it’s a family membership—and rack up the savings! You don't have to live in Tioga County to be a member. We have lots of people who visit that become members too. Membership pays for itself fast!



Get new books or used, gift or craft items, games, plush, and more for 20% to 30% off! From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 East Ave. Wellsboro.





2017 America's Main Street Contest



I just voted for Wellsboro Pennsylvania to win $25,000 to invest in Wellsboro's downtown. It's the 2017 America's Main Street Contest. You can vote too! You can vote once a day from an IP address until midnight May 28th. Then we'll see if Wellsboro makes the next round.

Wellsboro, a town of beauty and culture rich in natural resources and the County Seat of Tioga County, might be set down in any section of New England and find itself in familiar surroundings. The Wellsboro area, home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, offers hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails from flat packed surfaces to rugged mountain terrain. Spend time fishing, swimming and canoeing in one of the many area parks.

They’re free in Pennsylvania! Maybe you’d like to try horseback riding or have an off road adventure. It’s time to relax. Spend a few nights in one of our many lodging options and enjoy fabulous meals at your choice of area restaurants. Stroll the gas lit streets of Wellsboro where you’ll find family owned businesses offering personal attention to your needs. Maybe you’d rather take a scenic train, trolley or go rafting. You’ll find it all here in the Wellsboro area.

Come and see us, it’s a short drive from your back yard to ours! Wellsboro has an attractive downtown and an active Chamber of Commerce with over 300 members working together to build a strong community for today and tomorrow. Call our office at (570) 724-1926 and find out how the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce can work with you.

SHARE THIS NOMINATION WITH FRIENDS TO HELP WELLSBORO MAIN STREET PENNSYLVANIA GET MORE VOTES:

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Children’s author to read at The Green Free Library




The Green Free Library will host a free children's author event for youth 12 and under and their parents on Saturday June 3rd at 1PM.
Author Kevin Coolidge will read from “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot” to children at the Green Free Library (134 Main St. in Wellsboro).

Last year, Coolidge published the first two books in his new series set in Wellsboro and Tioga County, Pa. “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot” is the first book in his series about the three raccoon brothers who become ninjas. “The series is for the 7- to 10-year-old reluctant reader who loves action, adventure and creatures whose existence has yet to be proven, like Bigfoot,” said Coolidge.

"I'm really looking forward to this event," says Coolidge. "This is the library I frequented through all the stages of my life, from a child to an adult. It's a great library for such a small town and we are lucky to have it."

In the second book, the raccoons meet the “Weird & Wacky Werewolf.” In the third, they learn “The Secret of the Canyon,” in the fourth, meet “The Thunderbird” and in the fifth are involved in “The Catmas Caper.” The sixth book titled “The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake” was just released in May.

The first five of the series are in the library's circulation, and all six books will be available for purchase after the presentation. Kevin will happily sign and personalize copies bought at the event, or purchased elsewhere.
For more information call the Green Free Library 570-724-4876.







Book Giveaway for The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake



The Sixth fun adventure of the Totally Ninja Raccoons is here, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. You can win a signed copy. Just click on the link at the end of this blogpost

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Secret of Nessmuk Lake, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn to respect privacy, and meet a creature of Scottish legend, The Loch Ness Monster!

The Cat Board plots against the Ninja Raccons as the Raccoons explore the depths of Lake Nessmuk. Will the Raccoons learn the secret? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal finally learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers 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 Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.




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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man


From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture

"The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man introduces my favorite kind of flawed cynical protagonist in Ruddy McCann, former football star, now Repo Man in a small town full of memorable weirdos. It's suspenseful, action-packed, romantic, and above all, truly funny. I loved it." Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author


Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan's full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars.

Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head.

The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn't sure if Alan is real, or if he's losing his mind. To complicate matters, it turns out Katie, the girl he's fallen for, is Alan's daughter.

When Alan demands Ruddy find his murderers, Ruddy decides a voice in your head seeking vengeance is best ignored. When Alan also demands he clean up his act, and apartment, Ruddy tells him to back off, but where can a voice in your head go?

With a sweet romance, a murder mystery, a lazy but loyal dog and a town full of cabin-fevered characters you can't help but love, New York Times bestselling novelist W. Bruce Cameron's The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is yet another laugh-out-loud, keep-you-up-late, irresistible read.

For Booksellers Who Use Ingram Only



Booksellers, are you looking for a fun, new children's series? The first five of the Totally Ninja Raccoons series are in all in the top 100 independent titles at Ingram Spark. "The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot" is currently number 11!




Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End



In "Being Mortal," bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, "Being Mortal" asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Totally Ninja



The new Totally Ninja Raccoons adventure is here and available at From My Shelf Books. Has your child tried this award winning series? With six to choose from, your child is bound to find one they love.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons is specifically geared towards reluctant readers, and they take place right here in Tioga County. Come to From My Shelf Books for a signed, personalized copy. Don't worry, if your child doesn't like raccoons, cats, unicorns, or Chinese food, we'll find the right book at From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro.



The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake

Help Wellsboro Get to the Top Ten!



WELLSBORO, PA—Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, has announced the 25 quarterfinalists of its inaugural 2017 America’s Main Streets contest. The 25 top vote-getters were chosen by public vote from the 253 nominees from 44 states.

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, a quarterfinalist, is seeking more public votes to be selected as one of the 10 semifinalists in the national competition for $25,000 for downtown revitalization and “buying local” activities.

Voting for the semifinalists is ongoing and ends at midnight on Sunday, May 28 2017 with the top ten announced on or about Tuesday.

"If you’ve visited Wellsboro’s gaslight lined streets, you know there’s something special about this town, and now America knows it too," said Kevin Coolidge, a member of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the owner of From My Shelf Books & Gifts, an independent bookstore at 7 East Avenue.

“We are encouraging people to vote for Wellsboro once a day from their IP addresses,” Coolidge said. "Based on the contest rules, everybody can cast an online vote once every 24 hours now through May 28 by visiting MainStreetContest.com.

Or, people can vote by going to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page

The top 10 main streets in America will proceed to the final round, where a panel of judges will select the winner and announce their decision June 3.

We have an active chamber of commerce with over 300 members who are working together to build a strong community for today and tomorrow," Coolidge noted.

A relaxed and friendly vibe emanates from the Wellsboro community and its residents, according to Julie VanNess, Wellsboro chamber executive director. “Our town's tree-lined streets, grassy boulevards lined with gaslights, stately homes, and the town square known as “The Green” welcome you with hometown charm,” she said.

Founded in 1806, Wellsboro is the county seat of Tioga County and only minutes from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Pine Creek and the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

“Wellsboro’s Main Street and the community-at-large boast a wide variety of family-owned shops and businesses offering personal attention to your needs,” VanNess added.

“Lodging, food and unique storefronts can all be found in the Wellsboro area. That’s why the community is a favorite stop for those traveling Route 6 called “One of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic.

The goal of this national contest is "to promote the importance of America’s Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive," said Bill Brunelle, Independent We Stand co-founder and executive director.

Run by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, the contest is a project of the Main Street America program operated by the National Main Street Center, which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“We are so pleased to see how passionate people are about their Main Streets,” Brunelle said. “It’s evident by the broad range of nominations representing 44 states. Now, it’s time to rally and vote again for these 25 terrific quarterfinalists.”

For more information about Wellsboro, call 570-724-1926, email info@wellsboropa.com or visit Home - Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce | PA


Thursday, May 11, 2017

About Unicorns


A unicorn is a horse-like creature with a single horn growing from its forehead. The horn is usually long and straight, and unicorns have cloven hooves like a cow, or a goat. Unicorn mean 'one horn'.

Unicorns are thought to be magical. The blood and tears of a unicorn have healing properties, and the powder of a unicorn horn is an cure for poison.

Unicorns are difficult to catch. Some myths says unicorns can only be tamed by young maidens. The unicorn is the natural enemy of the lion. Unicorns are mentioned in the Bible nine times.

Unicorns are symbols of freedom, power and speed. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Some famous people have claimed to see a unicorn. Are unicorns real? Become a reading ninja, and decide for yourself.


READ ABOUT UNICORNS IN "THE TOTALLY NINJA RACCOONS AND THE SECRET OF NESSMUK LAKE"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Damn You William Shakespeare



I'm not mad at the Bard, not really, but today I am upset with a devotee of William Shakespeare, Eugene Schieffelin. I came across several smashed robin eggs, and I lamented on the foolishness of man meddling with nature.

Eugene Schieffelin was responsible for introducing the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) to North America. In 1890, he released 60 starlings into New York City’s Central Park. He did the same with another 40 birds in 1891. Schieffelin wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in the plays of William Shakespeare to North America.

European starlings were not native to North America. Schieffelin imported the starlings from England. Scientists estimate that descendants from those two original released flocks now number at more than 200 million residing in the United States. The European Starling is now considered an invasive species.

Starlings fiercely defend their nest site, and are usually successful at evicting many other species of birds, including woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, Purple Martins and Great Crested Flycatchers, Screech Owls and sometimes Kestrels. In Purple Martin houses, they may remove all the eggs or young of a whole colony and build one nest.

The smashed robin eggs were the result of a pair of nesting starlings rooting out a pair of robin parents. But have you put the love juice from the flower on the eyes of that Athenian, as I ... much worse, because I'm afraid you've given me good reason to curse you....



And since the quarrel
Will bear no color for the thing he is,
Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities;
And therefore think him as a serpent's egg,
Which, hatch'd, would as his kind grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell

Julius Caesar Act 2, scene 1, 28–34



Book Giveaway for The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake


The Sixth fun adventure of the Totally Ninja Raccoons is here, The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake. You can win a signed copy. Just click on the link at the end of this blogpost

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Secret of Nessmuk Lake, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn to respect privacy, and meet a creature of Scottish legend, The Loch Ness Monster!

The Cat Board plots against the Ninja Raccons as the Raccoons explore the depths of Lake Nessmuk. Will the Raccoons learn the secret? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal finally learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers 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 Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.




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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Old School Order Form For The Totally Ninja Raccoons!


Remember those cut out order form in the back of mass market paperbacks, or the order forms you took home in elementary school for the Weekly Reader? We made up one for the Totally Ninja Raccoons. You can order them old school, if you want to.

Get your own copies of the adventures of
the Totally Ninja Raccoons!

__ The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot @ $5.99 each=_____



In this origin story, three raccoon brothers realize they can choose who they want to be, and become ninjas! They meet their first employer, Gypsy, head of the Cat Board, and go on a mission to seek out the elusive Bigfoot. The Raccoons soon learn things are not always what they seem.


STORY MONSTER APPROVED!





__The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf @$5.99 each=___


__The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon @$5.99 each=___


__The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird @$5.99 each=___


__The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper @$6.99 each=___


__The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake @$6.99 each=___


Subtotal ______ + $2.99 shipping for 15 books or less =___


Send this form, with payment via check or money order, to:

From My Shelf Books & Gifts
7 East Ave, Suite 101
Wellsboro, PA 16901
or call (570) 724-5793
Also available at wellsborobookstore.com

About The Loch Ness Monster




Loch Ness is the second largest loch (lake) in Scotand with depths reaching over 750 feet! Loch Ness is famous for its creature, known as Nessie. The first recorded sighting was almost 1500 years ago!

In 1933, a man claimed the monster crossed the road in front of him. This led to increased interest in Nessie. Nessie hunters have used underwater cameras, fishing nets, and even submarines to try to locate her.

Some scientists think a family of sea dinosaurs, called plesiosaurs, might have become trapped in the loch. Other theories suggest the monster is a huge fish, surfacing trees, earthquake activity, or even swimming elephants.

Nessie is the most famous lake monster in the world. She's been in books, movies and TV shows. There's even a Loch Ness Monster roller Coaster.Is the Loch Ness Monster Real? Become a reading ninja, and decide for yourself.



READ ABOUT NESSIE IN "THE TOTALLY NINJA RACCOONS AND THE SECRET OF NESSMUK LAKE"

In the mind of a bookstore owner

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are Available World Wide.

Have you heard about the Totally Ninja Raccoons, but don't live in Wellsboro Pennsylvania? Well, I sell them via the From My Shelf Books & Gifts website, and of course any bookstore can order them if you prefer to patronize your local bookstore.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons do get around, and if you don't reside in the United States, don't worry. They are available internationally. A list of countries where my press has an outlet is at the end of this blog post.

You can order it from your local bookstore, and the books will be printed out and shipped to the store, or from the online website you purchase the book. This will save on costly international shipping.



The Totally Ninja Raccoons are still only available in English, though I do have a French translation in the works, and The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake, just came out May 9, 2017. It does have a Scottish Fold that speaks in dialect. Don't worry. It's Scot approved.


THE COUNTRIES YOU CAN ORDER A TOTALLY NINJA RACCOON

United States
United Kingdom
Canada
European Union
Australia
Brazil
Germany
Russia
South Korea
Poland
China
India
Italy


This Smiling Young Man Bought His Copy In The Bahamas!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bookstore Cats



This is the book that Huck & Finn our store cats at From My Shelf Books & Gifts are in. It's not due out until Oct. 7, 2017, but we can take pre-orders now




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.

About the Author

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.


Friday, May 5, 2017

The Adorable Circle of Life



Savage. Menacing. Ruthless.
Predators get a pretty bad rap. Sure, they prey on helpless animals that never stand a chance, but behind those jagged teeth, powerful jaws, and razor-sharp claws, every predator has a softer side. Maybe even an adorable one.

Everyone has compassion for the cute bunny or lamb. But what about their predators who are working hard for their meal? Capturing their prey is a life-or-death game. Just think about the last time you had to hunt for food while hangry. You can understand, right?

Including famous quotes from history that give context to these disturbingly cute illustrations, Alex Solis shares his sense of humor while giving readers a way to enjoy the darkest parts of life with a smile.

It's time to give theses predators a break Because, in the end, both predators and their prey play a role. I mean, it's not their fault they were made this way They're just living off of instincts, doing what comes naturally to them. So rather than turning away from nature, let's celebrate all the animals who complete The Adorable Circle of Life.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk Lake Is Available for Pre-order



The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of Nessmuk will be officially released May 9th and is available for pre-order now, for just $6.99. This is the 6th adventure of the Totally Ninja Raccoons and has the Loch Ness Monsters, a new member of the Cat Board (a Scottish Fold), and a unicorn!

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Secret of Nessmuk Lake, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn to respect privacy, and meet a creature of Scottish legend, The Loch Ness Monster!

The Cat Board plots against the Ninja Raccons as the Raccoons explore the depths of Lake Nessmuk. Will the Raccoons learn the secret? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal finally learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers 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 Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.

Has your child tried a Totally Ninja Raccoon adventure yet? With five currently to chose from, they are sure to find one they enjoy. I've been getting feedback that children are reading each one several times, the true litmus test of an enjoyable book.

You can get the Totally Ninja Raccoons at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, or wherever books are sold. Come to the bookstore to meet the author, and get signed, personalized copies.

Addison Talk

Hello, my name is Kevin and this is my wife, Kasey.


We are here today to let you in on a big secret. You can't tell anyone. It's top secret. Are you ready?



Are you sure? OK? Don't say I didn't warn you. Your life is never going to be the same....Cats are trying to take over the world!


Did you ever notice how terrible cats are at spelling?


Now, if you have a cat at home, you may have suspected this already.




This is our cat Gypsy, who stays at home all day. She's head of the Cat Board.

Have you heard of the Cat Board?


I'm not surprised if you haven't. It's a super-secret organization run by cats from around the world.


So, who is going to stand against this super-secret organization run from the shadows?

Why, the Totally Ninja Raccoons of course!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons have decided they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary--ninjas.




In the Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, the raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the Cat. Yes, this Gypsy:




Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.


Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't a monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world, and it's up to the Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.



The Totally Ninja Raccoons learn that you have to choose your own path if you want to choose your destination.



I don't see any cats or ninjas around. So, I'm going to read you the first chapter of The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigoot. Don't tell Gypsy!


....read the first chapter

A furry head pops up from a trash can, the lid tilted on his head like a hat. It's a raccoon, and he's holding a box of Chinese takeout. "Someone ate all the pork out of this pork-fried rice, and there aren't any chopsticks!" says Kevin.





Now, you might not believe cats want to take over the world, or that there really are ninja raccoons, though I think we can all agree that Chinese food will make you hungry soon after you it it. I made up the story about the Ninja Raccoons. I created them with the power of my imagination. I'm a storyteller and a writer.


Well, maybe there are ninja raccoons...


I'm here to talk about the writing process. I've heard that you've done some fiction writing with your teachers. You've probably been told to "write what you know"....well, I write where I know, and I make the rest up. The Totally Ninja Raccoons are set where I live... Tioga County. You might recognize the front cover of The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot as being at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon just outside of Wellsboro Pennsylvania.


It's true that it is easier to write about something you know. Now, I don't personally know any raccoons, or if Bigfoot is real or not, but I know cats, and mine can be pretty bossy, especially around dinner time.


I like to joke and say the cats are in charge, or would like to be, but we all know that cats sleep a LOT.


Cats would love to be in charge, but they don't want to do all the work involved, and so they would have to find someone to do the hard work. Hmmm, who would cats hire?

Dogs already have jobs.


Monkeys want too much money...


and possums don't understand the question.


Why, raccoons would be perfect. They already have the masks and the skills to be ninjas.


...and the Totally Ninja Raccoons came to life! Ideas for stories are all around you!



Remember, the man with the broom called the Totally Ninja Raccoons "thieves" and "bandits"? The man had thrown his leftovers away. The food was fair game. The raccoons decide that they are not going to let someone else decide what they are. The raccoons can be anything they want. They already have the masks. They chose to be ninjas!



Have you ever had anyone call you something that you aren't, or tell you that you can't do something? Well, if raccoons can decide to be ninjas, then you can choose to be anything you want. Why, you can even chose to be a writer.

One of the great things about being a writer is that no one can stop you. No one can keep you from being a writer. You may not be tall enough to play professional basketball, but to be a writer, all you have to do is write.


There are books about everything, and you can write about anything you choose--ninja raccoons, giant chipmunks, that the pizza in the lunch room tried to eat your homework...


...anything. You don't even have to write a book. Do you love movies?


Movies have to be written. The actors need to be told what to say and do. It's called a screenplay, and somebody has to write it. Why not you? There are all kinds of writers. People who write directions on how to put a bookshelf together,

to what's on a cereal box...


.... to real life stories like who was George Washington, to how to best train puppies.


You can write about anything.




Yes, you can write about anything, but it doesn't mean that people will want to read it. I remember the first time I wrote something. It wasn't very good, but I kept writing. To be better at writing, you have to write, just like you get better at playing the piano by playing the piano.


Writing can be a lot of work. Once you write the story, a writer goes back and edits the story. You have to correct the mistakes, make sure words are spelled right, and that everything makes sense to the reader. There are people who have the job of making suggestions to writers, these are called editors, and sometimes make corrections the writer didn't catch, or make suggestions to make the story even better.


Writers can run into other problems. I love to write, and I wanted to write about ninja raccoons, but I knew the stories about the Totally Ninja Raccoons would be even better if there were pictures. I don't draw very well, but I didn't let that stop me. I have a friend who loves to draw and is great at art.

He was interested in drawing the Totally Ninja Raccoons. I described how I pictured the Totally Ninja Raccoons looking, and he helped create what the raccoon would look like.

Early Concept Art for the Totally Ninja Raccoons

He even added some of his own touches. It was his idea to give one of the raccoons a Mohawk haircut. I loved the idea.


The Totally Ninja Raccoons stories have them stopping the plots of the Cat Board, but they also come across many strange creatures in their adventures--such as werewolves!


Bigfoot!


Thunderbirds!


and unicorns!


What creatures do you think the Totally Ninja Raccoons should encounter next?

Take some suggestions from the crowd. Have Kasey write them down...



Oh, those are great suggestions. That will totally keep the Ninja Raccoons busy for a long time.

You can read all about the adventures the ninja raccoons have all ready had







and right now I am working on The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet The Little, Green Men. That should be out in September.

Do you have any questions for me about writing, raccoons, cats, Bigfoot or Chinese food?





Thanks for listening about the Totally Ninja Raccoons and remember The Cat Board won't rest until cats rule the world, but maybe just a little cat nap first...