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Love a Library: our fundraiser for school libraries, May 7-12 2012

Tomorrow marks the start of Children’s Book Week 2012 — and the start of Love a Library, six days of fundraising for local school libraries here at Pufferbellies.

For years we’ve sponsored the Warren H. Drumheller Memorial Book Drive, helping our customers buy new books at a steep discount for their school  libraries. The program was named in memory of my grandfather, and it was always an event that we held dear to our hearts. But it was complicated. The program was great for schools, but it was difficult to explain to our customers. We collected book wish lists from librarians, but that was cumbersome (for us and for them). We held it during the holidays, but it was too busy at the store for us to give it our full attention. So this year, we decided to make a  change.

Love a Library replaces the book drive with what we hope will be a fun and easy way for families to help their school libraries buy new books.  And we’re holding it during the biggest national celebration of books there is: Children’s Book Week.

May 7-12, simply shop at Pufferbellies (either in our store or on our website), and we’ll put 10% of the amount you spend onto a voucher for your school (all schools are eligible; just tell us at the time of your purchase). Then your librarian or teachers can use the voucher to buy books here at the store. They can purchase in-stock books, or we will special order the books they want most.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping; stock up for birthday gifts; even buy gift cards for yourself if you don’t need anything now but you know you’ll need it later! No matter what you buy, 10% of the amount you spend goes to your school. (The only caveat: purchases don’t earn points toward your PufferClub reward account.)

As just about everybody knows, schools around the country are in exceedingly difficult financial straits. The schools here in our community are no different. We know from our librarian friends that their budgets are extremely tight, and we hope this will help.

Why support school libraries in particular when so many school departments are struggling? We know that, in some cases, school libraries are the only access that children have to books. Although it’s hard for some of us who grew up surrounded by books to understand, many homes simply do not have books in them. And we know that access to books is critically important to a child’s future success in school and in life. Putting books  into the hands of children is like giving them a magic key — a key that can unlock doors for their entire lives.

Thanks for your help and support. We’re looking forward to a wonderful week.

Love a Library 2012

Love a Library 2012: May 7-12


Step-by-step look at the creation of a picture-book illustration

Fascinating: Marcellus Hall shares the process of creating an illustration for a new picture book, with step-by-step photos.  This is some seriously beautiful work.

Via the Children’s Book Council on Facebook

NYT Essay: The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules

I really enjoyed this essay about Seuss, Sendak and Silverstein  in the NYT.

“Once upon a more staid time, the purpose of children’s books was to model good behavior. They were meant to edify and to encourage young readers to be what parents wanted them to be, and the children in their pages were well behaved, properly attired and devoid of tears. Children’s literature was not supposed to shine a light on the way children actually were, or delight in the slovenly, self-interested and disobedient side of their natures.

Seuss, Sendak and Silverstein ignored these rules. They brought a shock of subversion to the genre — defying the notion that children’s books shouldn’t be scary, silly or sophisticated. Rather than reprimand the wayward listener, their books encouraged bad (or perhaps just human) behavior. Not surprisingly, Silverstein and Sendak shared the same longtime editor, Ursula Nordstrom of Harper & Row, a woman who once declared it her mission to publish “good books for bad children.””

Via The Children’s Book Council’s Facebook page

‘Toys Come Home’ by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky released today

It’s a big day in the world of children’s literature. ‘Toys Come Home‘, the third installment in Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky’s ‘Toys’ trilogy, is out today. (Also out today: ‘Wonderstruck‘ by Brian Selznick, the creator of ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. Yep, a big day.)

We have strong feelings about the ‘Toys’ trilogy here at Pufferbellies. I know that people toss the term “modern classic” around all the time, but I really think these books are just that. They’re funny and profound, with pitch-perfect writing and such incredible heart. To me, these are books that it would be an honest shame to let a child grow up without reading.

Maurice Sendak’s ‘Bumble-Ardy’ out today

Today’s the day! Maurice Sendak’s highly anticipated new picture book, ‘Bumble-Ardy,’ was released this morning. As it turns out, Susan and I are of differing opinions on it. She loves it. I find it … a little disturbing. She was quick to point out that when ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was published in 1963, people found it kind of disturbing, too. And of course, it went on to transform children’s literature forever. So there you go.

‘Bumble-Ardy’ has apparently been rattling around in Mr. Sendak’s head for more than 40 years. It’s a sort of evolution of this short film that he and Jim Henson did for Sesame Street back in 1970.

A full house at Storytime

With 20+ kids and all their grownups at Storytime today, we really had a full house! It was so much fun. Friday mornings at 10:30 — Storytime is clearly the place to be!

Storytime: August 26, 2011 at Pufferbellies

Santa Claus is coming to Pufferbellies

We’re so excited. For the first time ever, Santa Claus himself will be visiting Pufferbellies in downtown Staunton, Virginia, this December! Santa will be here on the following dates:

Sunday, December 6 — 1PM – 3PM
Friday, December 11 — 6PM – 8PM
Sunday, December 13 — 1PM – 3PM
Friday, December 18 — 6PM – 8PM
Sunday, December 20 — 1PM – 3PM

Our goal is to make this a relaxed, low-pressure time with Santa. Santa will visit with children one at a time in our book department, and parents are welcome to bring their own cameras to record the moment. Please note that there might be a wait to see Santa depending upon how many children arrive. We will assign everyone who wants to visit Santa their own number, and call them when it’s time. No standing in line, and plenty of opportunities to shop and play while you wait. All the children who visit with Santa will get a special treat from Pufferbellies, too.

We’re thrilled to welcome Santa to our store this year, and we can’t wait to see you here, too.