Sunday, June 25, 2017

Is Your Membership Up to Date?


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 it.

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.



Saturday, June 24, 2017

FROM MY SHELF BOOKS CATS ARE INCLUDED IN "BOOKSTORE CATS" WRITTEN BY BRANDON SCHULTZ


Huck and Finn, the cats at From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro, are famous. Just ask them. These rascally cats are about to be even more famous. They are going to be in a book called "Bookstore Cats" about bookstore cats, of course.

In January of this year, the writer, Brandon Schultz, contacted Kevin Coolidge, owner of From My Shelf Books. "He had heard about our bookstore cat, Hobo, and wanted to include him in his upcoming book," Coolidge said.

Hobo, the bookstore cat at From My Shelf Books for almost eight years, was known across the United States and even overseas. He was an ambassador and a children's author. When he crossed the rainbow bridge, Hobo's obituary, written by Kevin's wife Kasey, was published in the Wellsboro Gazette.

Huck and Finn will grace the pages of "Bookstore Cats," which will be published in September of this year. Those who wish, can pre-order it now at From My Shelf Books. "Huck and Finn will be happy to autograph it when it arrives," Kevin said.

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. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with a cat named Lucy.

"Bookstore Cats" is Schultz's fourth book. He wrote "Cooking for Two: Your Cat and You" and "Cooking for Two: Your Dog and You," duel species cooking books with different meals to cook that are safe and palatable for a pet. He also authored "Taco Revolution" with over 100 recipes and variations on tacos for people.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Waldo in Wellsboro



Where's Waldo? In Wellsboro Pennsylvania. For the sixth year running, Indie Bookstores Launch a Massive Cross Country Campaign to Promote the Shop Local Message in July.

This July, From My Shelf Books & Gifts is joining a nationwide celebration of the Shop Local movement and the iconic children’s book character, Where’s Waldo, who recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday.

Brought back by popular demand for the sixth year in a row, indie bookstores across the country will be hosting Find Waldo scavenger hunts while spreading the "Buy Local" message in their cities and towns.

It’s a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo hosted by 250 indie bookstores across the nation in July 2017. Participating bookstores champion the Shop Local message by enlivening downtown areas with a community-wide scavenger hunt activity to which everyone — kids, parents, and Waldo-lovers of all ages — is invited to participate.

On July 1, 2017, Waldo-spotters will set off on a hunt to find the elusive character hidden around dozens of downtown businesses in Wellsboro. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Find Waldo passport at a participating business and collect a store stamp or signature for each Waldo they spot. Hundreds of Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987, and held the record for the fastest selling children’s book of all-time until Harry Potter. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. His official 25th birthday was celebrated in 2013.


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.




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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.



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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



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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.




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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.