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Thursday
Feb272014

Local Store Events Round-up: March 2014

Local Store Events Round-up: March 2014

Looking for something to do at your favorite book store? Check out these fun happenings at Half Price Books stores across the country during the month of March!

ALL STORES 

16th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive

Donate a new or gently used children's book at any Half Price Books now through Monday, March 31, 2014. The books you and your family have already enjoyed will go directly to local nonprofit organizations, libraries and teacher's classrooms in your community. For each book you donate during the Half Pint Library book drive, Half Price Books will match it.

Read Across America Day

Each year, young and old alike celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2 in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday. Join your fellow bookworms in-store for a special Dr. Seuss Storytime on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. 

ARIZONA

Mesa 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Mesa HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. See you March 2!

March Media Madness Sale

Choose your top picks in DVDs and CDs at your Mesa HPB on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, and receive an additional 10% OFF! We carry a wide variety of new and used movies and music. Pump it up and stop by often as we keep restocking. Offer good 3/28-3/29 at this location only.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley 

Second Saturday Storytime
Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you March 8!

CALIFORNIA

Dublin 

St. Patrick's Day Festival

Look for the HPB booth at the 31st Annual City of Dublin St. Patrick's Day Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, we'll have family fun trivia, coupons, and FREE HPB reusable tote bags (while supplies last.) Feeling lucky? Sign up for our mailing list to enter a drawing for a $100 HPB Gift Card!  And that's no blarney. 

ILLINOIS

Algonquin 

Comic Book Day

Ka-pow! We'll beat our own prices. Come in to your Algonquin HPB on Saturday, March 1, for an additional 15% OFF comics. Bam!! You can stock up on a commodious amount of comics. Wham-o! We'll have comic trivia, too. Comic sale at Algonquin location only.

Countryside 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you March 9!

Palatine

Know Your Rock Musicians

Think you know your Rockers? Come into your Palatine HPB and guess the correct names for various pictured artists from rock music history and get a 15% off coupon good on all LPs, CDs, and cassettes. Hey, it's only rock n' roll, but we like it. Offer good until March 15 at this location only. See store for details.

Rockford - American Plaza Outlet

Fill-a-Bag for $30

Your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23. "Fill-a-Bag for $30" and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Limit one tote bag per person, per day. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Rockford, Illinois only.

INDIANA

Avon 

Retro Thursdays

Think it's still cool to be old school? Stop by the Half Price Books in Avon every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, comics, graphic novels and manga. Offer good at this location only.

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet 

Reverend Philip Rigdon Book Signing

Meet local author Reverend Philip Rigdon at your Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington. The Reverend Rigdon will sell and sign his new Young Adult novel, Under the Bridge to the Seeds of Light, on Saturday, March 1, starting at 1 p.m. 

Vinyl Thursdays

Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is having Buy One LP, Get One Free each Thursday. Thumb through our vast, cool selection of LPs, all priced at 50¢ or less. See store for details.

Student Spring Break Sale

Hey Students! We're here to help you stretch your Spring Break dollars. Your Bloomington HPB Outlet is offering an extra 20% OFF your ENTIRE purchase when you present a valid student photo ID. From Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, save on good reads for the beach, ski lodge or just lying on the couch. Who knows? Maybe you will get ideas for that big paper that's due. Offer is valid 3/14-3/16 at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN only.

Fort Wayne 

Comic Books Sale

Whamo! That's right! Stop by the Fort Wayne location every Thursday and save an additional 20% off all comic books in store. Sale at the Fort Wayne HPB location only.

LP Fridays
Join us each Friday for LP Day. All LPs will be 20% off, with some of your favorite songs being played on the turn-table.

Greenwood 

Comic Book Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, stop by our Greenwood store to get 20% off all single-issue comics, including clearance and collectible issues. Offer good at this location only.

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by the Greenwood HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village 

Comics Sale Wednesdays

Comic fans and collectors, don't miss our weekly Comics Sale Wednesdays. Save 20% off comic books at our Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis, Indiana. Come back each week as we restock with new adventures in store! Sale excludes graphic novels and manga. Continues each Wednesday at this location until further notice. No superhero powers required.

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Clearwater Village HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

Retro Tuesdays
Listen up media aficionados! Join us each Tuesday and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, VHS, comics, manga, graphic novels and video games at our Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB in Indianapolis. Discount at this location only. No other discounts apply.

CD Thursdays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to get through your week? Stop by your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB every Thursday to get an additional 20% off all CDs! Offer good at this location only.

First Friday Movie Mania

Listen up film fans! Shop us the first Friday of each month and save an additional 20% off all DVD/Blu-ray movies. Have fun with movie trivia contests throughout the day with a chance to win coupons or an HPB Gift Card. Listen to great movie soundtracks while you peruse our great DVD selection. Offer good at this location only. See you March 7!

KENTUCKY

Lexington – Fayette Place 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day. Discount at this location only. See you March 28! 

Lexington – Hamburg Pavilion  

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all. Discount at this location only. See you March 28!

Last Saturday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Sir Barton Place HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you March 29! 

Louisville – Hurstbourne 

Third Saturday Storytime

Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytime. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you March 15!

Louisville – Springhurst/Freys Hill 

Monthly Coloring Contest

Grab a crayon and unleash your inner artist! Stop inside the Springhurst Half Price Books and get involved with our Monthly Coloring Contest. Each month, a new coloring sheet is available for our pint-sized customers. Throughout the month, children ages 13 and under may submit their coloring sheet for entry. At the end of the month, 4 winners are selected (one from each age group). Winners receive a Half Price Books Gift Card and the honor of having their artwork displayed in store.

Drama as Literature: Play Readings

Your Springhurst HPB is all about drama. Join us on the first Tuesday of the month for a series of Classic Play readings from our resident staff of drama queens and kings. Light refreshments will be provided. Event occurs the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Our first ply, on Tuesday, March 4, will be Classic Greek Drama with excerpts from Oedipus, by Sophocles, Medea, by Euripides and Frogs, by Aristophanes.

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament
Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules.

Last Saturday Storytime
Stop by the Springhurst store on the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m., where we’ll have stories, games, activities and snacks. See you March 29!

Friday Magic Music Night

Join us each Friday from 5pm to close and move to the groove while you shop! Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all CDs, select LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes at your Springhurst HPB. Offer good at this location only.

OHIO

Columbus

An Afternoon of Poetry

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 30, 2pm for an afternoon of poetry readings at your West Lane HPB. Joshua Butts, Charlene Fix, Lesley Jenike, and Hannah Stevenson from the Columbia College of Art & Design will read their works as part of the quarterly poetry series by House of Toast Poets. Poets will have books and chapbooks available for purchase.

Reynoldsburg

Vinyl Fridays

Join us for an LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm at your Brice Park HPB. We'll be spinning vinyl so you can move to the groove. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Offer at this location only.

First Saturday Storytime and Crafts

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Brice Park HPB for Storytime Saturdays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us at 2pm on the first Saturday of each month. Readers, listeners and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. 

Westerville 

Monthly Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and join us at your Westerville HPB for Storytime, in collaboration with The Goddard School For Early Childhood Development and Zen Kidz Play Cafe. Once a month we offer a themed children's storytime with participants receiving a FREE pre-selected kid's book while supplies last. Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming activities:

Dr. Seuss' Read Across America Day - Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

OKLAHOMA

Edmond 

Monday Music Madness
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your week? Stop by your Edmond HPB every Monday to get an additional 10% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only. 

TEXAS

Arlington – Lincoln Square 

Storytime Sunday
Stop by the Lincoln Square Half Price Books every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale. Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Arlington – South Arlington 

Storytime Sunday
Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun storytime. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

Retro Media Fridays

Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.

Austin – North Lamar 

Storytime Sundays 

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Tameka Vaughn Book Signing

Meet local author Tameka Vaughn at your North Lamar HPB. Tameka will sell and sign her cookbook, Vegetarian Meets the South, on Saturday, March 15, starting at 2 pm.

Austin – Southpark Meadows 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Your Southpark Meadows HPB is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Join us as we read Dr. Seuss classics in honor of Read Across America Day. Plus, kids can have fun with Seussian activities and enter a drawing for a Dr. Seuss gift basket. Refreshments will be provided. So, come hear about a fox, in a pair of socks, or Bartholomew in 500 hats; you just might meet a Horton or Sneetch, not to mention The Cat in the Hat.

Burleson 

Tuesday Night Specials

Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won't know what's on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Corpus Christi 

Second Sunday Storytime

Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade. See you March 9!

Dallas 

HPB at Dallas Comic & Pop Expo

Ka-Pow! Look for the Half Price Books booth at Dallas Comic & Pop Expo on Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will have books, collectibles, comics, games and more at the Richardson Civic Center. See you there!

All-Con 2014

Beam, trek, march or catch the nearest TARDIS to All-Con 2014 at the Crowne Plaza North Dallas. Look for the Half Price Books booth featuring books, collectibles, games and more, Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you there!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

Victoria Scott Book Signing
Meet Teen Fiction author, Victoria Scott, at the release of her new thriller, Fire & Flood. Join us for a book signing at your Flagship HPB on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Fire & Flood is a modern day thrill ride about a teen girl's race to save her brother's life and her own.

Chelsea Handler Book Signing
Comedienne, talk show host and New York Times Bestselling author Chelsea Handler will sign her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, on Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Half Price Books Flagship store in Dallas. Copies of Uganda Be Kidding Me are available for purchase as specially-priced new items. Quantities are limited. No pre-orders. This is a book signing only, no memorabilia, please.

Storytime Sunday
Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

Comic Book Wednesdays

Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.

$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Animal Adoptions
Cute kitties and canine companions will visit our Flagship HPB on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. The League of Animal Protectors, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. See you March 15!

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Houston – North Oaks 

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don't worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you March 18!

Humble 

HPB Humble Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

March 3: Herodutus' The Histories
April 7: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Storytime Wednesday
Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you March 6!

Mesquite 

Storytime Sunday

Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall 

Storytime Sunday

Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from preschoolers to 5th graders.

Round Rock 

Stephanie Timmons Book Signing

Meet inspirational author Stephanie Timmons at your Round Rock HPB on Saturday, March 29, starting at 11 a.m. Stephanie will sell and sign her book, Stephanie's Inspirations.

San Antonio

Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin Book Signing

Secret Service Agent Clint Hill and co-author Lisa McCubbinwill be at our North Central HPB to sign their book, Five Days in November. Hill, a secret service agent during the Kennedy administration, shares his personal memories in this book commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the JFK assassination tragedy. Join us on Monday, March 10 at 6pm. Copies of Five Days in November will be available for purchase as specially-priced new item. Quantities are limited. No pre-orders.<

WASHINGTON

Lynnwood 

Storytime Sunday

Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Olympia - Outlet at Cooper Point 

25% Off Everything Sale

Join us for a Storewide 25% Off Sale at your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9, everything in the store will be 25% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia only.

15% OFF Green items

Your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a special offer. Take an additional 15% off any green item on Monday, March 17. No malarkey! Look for any item that has green on the cover. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, Washington only.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1-DAY ONLY! Your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Saturday March 29. "Fill-a-Bag for $30" and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, Washington only.

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

Vinyl Fridays

Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at our Appleton HPB. Like what you hear? Records playing in the store are 50% off. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Discount at this location only.

Madison – Essex Square 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Your Essex Square HPB is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. with a special visit from the wonderful Vi Bergum, retired teacher and promoter of literacy, the environment and hats. Ms. Bergum, dressed as the Cat in the Hat, will read and share Dr. Seuss classics, memorabilia and …HATS for kids to wear and keep. 

Friday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Essex Square HPB every Friday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

Whitney Way 

Wednesday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to make your week? Stop by your Whitney Way HPB on the West Side every Wednesday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

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As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if any new events are added throughout the month. – Emily

Friday
Feb142014

Sharin' the love during Booklover's Weekend!

It's Booklover's Weekend at Half Price Books! So what does that mean for all you booklovers out there? If you're on our email list, check your inbox for a special coupon to save 20% off your entire purchase in store, valid Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17.

If you're not on the HPB Email List, it's not too late to get in on this sweetheart deal! Subscribe today and get your own store coupon to use during Booklovers Weeekend at any Half Price Books location. Not valid online nor at Half Price Books Outlet locations. See coupon for redemption details.

Happy Valentine's Day, booklovers!

-- HPB Blog Team

Tuesday
Feb112014

34 Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels

Falling in love has been a prominent theme in literature since people first started writing books.  In fact, most books will have a romantic component to them, no matter what genre they are. However, if you are looking for a little romance this Valentine's Day, here are 34 book recommendations from our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs – ones they think are swoon-worthy.

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, 3. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereux, 4. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louis Rennison, 5. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski, 6. Emma by Jane Austen, 7. Persuasion by Jane Austen, 8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, 9. Bengal’s Heart by Lora Leigh, 10. Paradise by Judith McNaught, 11. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, 12. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 13. The Search by Nora Roberts, 14. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotsen, 15. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, 16. The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodwiss, 17. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, 18. At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill, 19. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 20. The Black Opal by Victoria Holt, 21. The Invitation by Jude Devereux, 22. Dark Magic by Christine Feehan, 23. Calhoun by Diana Palmer, 24. Now You See Her by Linda Howard, 25. Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister, 26. Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kirland, 27. The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts, 28. Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small, 29. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 30. The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb, 31. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, 32. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, 33. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 34. Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor.

Did we miss your favorite romance novel?  What books have you fallen in love with?

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Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

Monday
Feb032014

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card for your School Library!

 

Attention, parents and educators! HPB wants to help your children’s school libraries! Now through Sunday, February 16, 2014, register at www.hpb.com/schools and tell us how your school would use a $100 HPB gift card to enhance your school library. We’ll randomly select one winner from each of our 36 markets on March 4, 2014.

And stay tuned, because all registered schools will be invited to a Half Pint Library giveaway in their area later this spring. Last year, with the help of our generous customers’ donations, HPB gave away nearly 300,000 children’s books nationwide to local schools and nonprofit organizations during our 15th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. Here are just a few ways the donated books helped build Half Pint Libraries across the country in 2013:

  • Used to start a Young Adult reading nook in Houston, Texas
  • Supporting a Read Around the World program in Seattle, Washington
  • Summer reading rewards in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Resources for youth art therapy groups in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Operation Santa gifts in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Therapy for special needs children in Chicago, Illinois
  • Literacy instruction in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ESL programs in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Book exchanges in Columbus, Ohio

In 2014, we’re excited to partner with our customers to get even more books into the hands of children who need them the most. This year’s Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 16-March 31, 2014. During that time, drop off your new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location.

After the drive is complete, Half Price Books will match each book donated as part of our Million Book Donation Project and will distribute the books at special giveaway events in each of our markets in the spring. Stay tuned to hpb.com/halfpint for a giveaway event near you!

P.S. Educators, don’t forget to sign-up for our Educator Discount Card at hpb.com/edu for 10% off your purchases year-round! -- Kate

Friday
Jan312014

Local Store Events Round-Up: February 2014

Local Store Events Round-up: February 2014

Looking for something to do at your favorite book store? Check out these fun happenings at Half Price Books stores across the country during the month of February!

ALL STORES

16th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive

Donate a new or gently used children's book at any Half Price Books location Sunday, February 16 – Monday, March 31, 2014. The books you and your family have already enjoyed will go directly to local nonprofit organizations, libraries and teacher's classrooms in your community. For each book you donate during the Half Pint Library book drive, Half Price Books will match it.

 

Booklover's Weekend

If you're on the HPB Email List, check your email inbox on Thursday, February 13 for a special offer! If you're not on the list, it's not too late to get in on this sweetheart deal! Sign up online or in store today and you'll get your own store coupon to use during Booklover's Weekend -- Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17 -- at any Half Price Books retail location. See coupon for redemption details. Not valid online nor at Half Price Books Outlet.

ARIZONA

Mesa 

 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Mesa HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. See you Feb. 2!

 

Valentine Storytime Sunday

Roses are red, violets are blue, storytime is sweet, and free books are too. Your Mesa HPB is having a special Valentine Storytime this Sunday, February 9, at 2:30pm. Participants receive sweet treats and a FREE pre-selected kid's book while supplies last.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley 

Second Saturday Storytime
Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Feb. 8!

ILLINOIS

Win Books for a Year!

What does every booklover want? More books! To celebrate the opening of our new Schaumburg store, we're giving away FREE BOOKS for a YEAR! Visit hpb.com/win to enter now and see complete giveaway rules and prize details. Must be a resident of the state of Illinois to win. Deadline to enter is February 24, 2014.

 

Countryside 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Feb. 9!

 

Rockford – Half Price Books Outlet 


Monday Clearance Box Sale
Your American Plaza HPB Outlet wants to put a little spring in your step on Monday. Stop by Monday, Feb. 3 and get an additional 50% off Clearance Boxes. Wow, that's $10 for a whole box of books! Offer good at this location only.

 

Veterans' Drop-In Center Donation Drive

Help support local veterans and their families. Your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet is collecting donations for the Veterans' Drop-In Center in Rockford from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 23. For each donation of a $1 or more you could receive a discount of up to 50% off your entire purchase. Limit of 2 discount cards per customer. Cannot be used to purchase gift certificates. Offer good at this location only. See store for details.

 

Ted Iverson Book Signing

Meet local Science Fiction author, Ted Iverson at your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet on Saturday, February 15, starting at 11 a.m. Iverson will sell and sign his books including the Mission to the Stars series. A portion of the sales benefit the Veterans' Drop-In Center.

Schaumburg 

Win $100 Gift Card at our Schaumburg Opening
Join us for our Great Opening Celebration Thursday, February 20 – Sunday, February 23 at Woodfield Commons West, 1075 E. Golf Rd. near Toys "R' Us. First 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday at our new Schaumburg store get a FREE tote bag and $5 gift card!* One tote bag will contain a $100 gift card! Feeling lucky? Visit each day for a new chance to win.
*Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid 2.20.14 – 2.23.14 at Schaumburg location only. One random $100 gift card winner each day, Thursday – Sunday.

INDIANA

Avon 

Retro Thursdays

Think it's still cool to be old school? Stop by the Half Price Books in Avon every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, comics, graphic novels and manga. Offer good at this location only.

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet 

Vinyl Thursdays

Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is having Buy One LP, Get One Free each Thursday. Thumb through our vast, cool selection of LPs, all priced at 50¢ or less. See store for details.

 

Fill-a-Bag for $15
1-DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Saturday, February 15. Come "Fill-a-Bag for $15" and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise from our assorted Bargain Tables and get your whole bundle for just $15 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN only.

 

Fort Wayne 

Comic Books Sale

Whamo! That's right! Stop by the Fort Wayne location every Thursday and save an additional 20% off all comic books in store. Sale at the Fort Wayne HPB location only.

 

LP Fridays
Join us each Friday for LP Day. All LPs will be 20% off, with some of your favorite songs being played on the turn-table.

Chad Gramling Book Signing
Meet Auburn, Indiana native and author Chad Gramling at your Fort Wayne HPB on Saturday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. Gramling will sell and sign his new book, Legendary Locals of Auburn. Read the stories of the Auburn citizens who dedicated themselves to "Auburn Forever with Honest Endeavor."

 

Greenwood 

Comic Book Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, stop by our Greenwood store to get 20% off all single-issue comics, including clearance and collectible issues. Offer good at this location only.

 

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by the Greenwood HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village 

Comics Sale Wednesdays

Comic fans and collectors, don't miss our weekly Comics Sale Wednesdays. Save 20% off comic books at our Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis, Indiana. Come back each week as we restock with new adventures in store! Sale excludes graphic novels and manga. Continues each Wednesday at this location until further notice. No superhero powers required.

 

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Clearwater Village HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

First Friday Movie Mania

Listen up film fans! Shop us the first Friday of each month and save an additional 20% off all DVD/Blu-ray movies. Have fun with movie trivia contests throughout the day with a chance to win coupons or an HPB Gift Card. Listen to great movie soundtracks while you peruse our great DVD selection. Offer good at this location only. See you Feb. 7!

 

Retro Tuesdays
Listen up media aficionados! Join us each Tuesday and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, VHS, comics, manga, graphic novels and video games at our Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB in Indianapolis. Discount at this location only. No other discounts apply.

CD Thursdays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to get through your week? Stop by your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB every Thursday to get an additional 20% off all CDs! Offer good at this location only.

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green-Outlet at Greenwood Market

Magic: The Gathering Game Night

Join us for Magic: The Gathering Game Night on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month from 6-8 pm at your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet. All gaming levels from beginner to advanced are invited to participate in our tournament style game nights. See store for details and game rules. 

Fill-a-Bag for $25

Your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16. "Fill-a-Bag for $25" and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for $25 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, Kentucky only

Florence 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family's Story at your Turfway Commons HPB on Saturday, February 15 at 6 p.m. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

Lexington – Fayette Place 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day. Discount at this location only. See you Feb. 28!

 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family's Story at your Fayette Place HPB on Friday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

Lexington – Hamburg Pavilion  

 

Last Saturday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Sir Barton Place HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you Feb. 22!

 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all. Discount at this location only. See you Feb. 28!

 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family's Story at your Hamburg Pavilion HPB on Friday, February 14 at 4 pm. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

Louisville – Hurstbourne 

Third Saturday Storytime

Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytime. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you Feb. 15!

 

Louisville – Springhurst/Freys Hill 

Monthly Coloring Contest

Grab a crayon and unleash your inner artist! Stop inside the Springhurst Half Price Books and get involved with our Monthly Coloring Contest. Each month, a new coloring sheet is available for our pint-sized customers. Throughout the month, children ages 13 and under may submit their coloring sheet for entry. At the end of the month, 4 winners are selected (one from each age group). Winners receive a Half Price Books Gift Card and the honor of having their artwork displayed in store.

 

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament
Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day in Louisville, Kentucky at 10220 Westport Road. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules.

 

It's a Dog Party!

Bow-wowsers! In honor of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day your Springhurst HPB is planning a Dog Party. Bring in your special pup on Saturday, February 22 from 2-4 p.m. for dog treats, crafts and more. Special canine delectables available for sampling from local dog bakeries. Let's show Fido who's a good boy. HPB is a pet-friendly company that welcomes friendly, obedient pets on leashes.

 

Last Saturday Storytime
Stop by the Springhurst store on the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m., where we’ll have stories, games, activities and snacks. See you Feb. 22!

 

OHIO

Westerville 

Monthly Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and join us at your Westerville HPB for Storytime, in collaboration with The Goddard School For Early Childhood Development and Zen Kidz Play Cafe. Once a month we offer a themed children's storytime with participants receiving a FREE pre-selected kid's book while supplies last. Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming activities:

 

Disney Fun - Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Seuss' Read Across America Day - Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

 

OKLAHOMA

Edmond 

Monday Music Madness
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your week? Stop by your Edmond HPB every Monday to get an additional 10% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Relax with FREE Neck Massage

Shopping at your Edmond HPB can be relaxing and good for your health. Join us on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons, February 15 -17 for a FREE neck massage from an AMTA Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. And, after you're thoroughly relaxed, float on by our Health and Wellness section for ways to enhance this well-being. Mark your calendar now for these dates and times:

 

Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 16 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Monday, February 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Oklahoma City – Penn Park 

Blind Date with a Book

Your Penn Park HPB is celebrating Valentine's Day with "Blind Date with a Book". Join us on Friday, February 14, from 4-10pm, to see if you've found your perfect literary match. Sign up for our mailing list and pick a book based on a brief description. Remember, you can't judge a book by its cover. 

 

TEXAS

Arlington – Lincoln Square 

Storytime Sunday
Stop by the Lincoln Square Half Price Books every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale. Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Arlington – South Arlington 

Retro Media Fridays

Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.

Storytime Sunday
Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun storytime. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

Austin – North Lamar 

Storytime Sundays 

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

Sara Rose Salih Book Signing

Meet Juvenile Fiction author Sara Rose Salih at your North Lamar HPB on Saturday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. Salih will sell and sign her new book, Tales of a Sevie  part of the Life As We Note It series. Read about a group of best friend girls and the trials, tribulations and laughs they share trying to survive the first year of junior high.

 

Burleson 

Tuesday Night Specials

Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won't know what's on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

 

Corpus Christi 

Second Sunday Storytime

Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade. See you Feb. 9!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

Comic Book Wednesdays

Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.

$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Storytime Sunday
Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

Animal Adoptions
Cute kitties and canine companions will visit our Flagship HPB on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. The League of Animal Protectors, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. See you Feb. 15!

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

 

Houston – North Oaks 

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don't worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you Feb. 18!

 

Humble 

Storytime Wednesday
Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you Feb. 6!

HPB Humble Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

February 3: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
March 3: Herodutus' The Histories
April 7: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Mesquite 

Storytime Sunday

Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall 

Storytime Sunday

Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from preschoolers to 5th graders.

 

WASHINGTON

Lynnwood 

 

Storytime Sunday

Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

Olympia - Outlet at Cooper Point 

25% Off Everything Sale

Join us for a Storewide 25% Off Sale at your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2, everything in the store will be 25% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia only.

 

 

HPB Outlet at Chibi Chibi Con 2014

Look for the Half Price Books Outlet booth at Chibi Chibi Con on Saturday, February 22 from noon to 8 p.m. We will sell anime, manga, animation DVDs and more at the Evergreen State College in Olympia. See you there!

 

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

Vinyl Fridays

Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at our Appleton HPB. Like what you hear? Records playing in the store are 50% off. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Discount at this location only.

Madison – Essex Square 

Friday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Essex Square HPB every Friday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

Whitney Way 

Wednesday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to make your week? Stop by your Whitney Way HPB on the West Side every Wednesday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

 

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As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if any new events are added throughout the month. – Emily