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Local Store Events Round-Up: June 2014

Local Store Events Round-up: June 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 June!

 

ALL STORES 

Summer Reading Program

Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. To help keep appetites up for reading, Half Price Books is hosting the FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program Sunday, June 1 - Thursday, July 31, 2014. Kids ages 14 and under can earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks as a reward for reading over the summer. Pick up a reading log at your local HPB today. Get started and learn more about Top Reader Prizes.

 

Biggest Storytime of the Summer

Join us in store on Sunday, June 8 at 2 pm as we kick off our FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program. Bring the kids of all ages for the Biggest Storytime of the Summer, as we celebrate reading and family literacy with this nationwide read-in event.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ILLINOIS

Printers Row Lit Fest (Chicago)

Look for the HPB booth at Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 10am - 6pm. It’s the 30th anniversary of Printers Row Lit Fest and the lineup of more than 200 authors, performers and presenters is one you won’t want to miss! Half Price Books – your ChicaGO-TO Bookstore – will have a wide range of items to peruse including Chicagoland regional interest, Young Adult, graphic novels, and vintage Life magazines. This annual, outdoor literary festival is free and open to the public. 

 

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.

 

Toneal M. Jackson Book Signing

Meet Award-Winning Author and Life Coach, Toneal M. Jackson at your Countryside HPB on Saturday, June 28, starting at 1 pm. Toneal will sell and sign her latest book, Inspiration From A.B.O.V.E. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

Rockford Outlet

Build Your Own Bundle

Attention book lovers! You can build your own bundle of mass market paperbacks at your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet every day.  Wow, that’s 4 books for only $2! Valid through 10/31/14 on at this location only.

 

Fill-A-Box For $10
Your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet wants to put a little spring in your step every day. Stop by anytime we are open and fill one of our boxes with Clearance items for only $10.* Wow, that's $10 for a whole box of books!  * Plus tax. Valid through 10/31/14 on Clearance merchandise at this location only.

 

Be a Summer Bookworm! 

Bring your half-pint and teen readers to your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet this summer and pick up a Frequent Shopper Card. For every 10 Children’s or Young Adult books you purchase, your child receives a FREE book from a pre-selected collection when they turn in a completed Frequent Shopper Card. Readers 18 years of age or younger welcome to participate. Expires August 17, 2014. Good at your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet only. See store for details. 

 

50% Off All Media Sale 

Need help finding a gift for Dad? Drop in to your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet on Father’s Day Weekend, June 14 & 15, for an additional 50% OFF all media. Look for CDs, LPs, DVDs and even VHS for the “Retro” Dads. We’re here to help you find that special something for the fabulous father in your life. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Rockford, IL only. 

 

Schaumburg

Chiara Talluto Book Signing

Meet author, Chiara Talluto at your Schaumburg HPB. Chiara will sign her debut novel, Love’s Perfect Surrender, on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 12 noon. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

INDIANA 

HPB at Indy PopCon (Indianapolis)

Beam, ride, fly or catch the nearest TARDIS to Indy PopCon 2014  at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Look for the Half Price Books booth featuring books, comics, cosplay, pop culture entertainment, collectibles, games and more, Friday through Sunday, May 30 - June 1. See you there!

 

Clearance Sale at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds (Indianapolis)

NEW LOCATION! Join us for a fantastic sale! Everything is $3 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, June 20 & 21 from 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday, June 22 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Exhibition Hall. We'll have hundreds of thousands of books, music and movies from 30 Half Price Books locations across the Midwest! Get directions and details.

 

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.

 

Tim Shurr Seminar and Book Signing

Meet international speaker, consultant and TV personality, Tim Shurr at your Avon HPB on Saturday, June 7, from 10 to 11:30 am. Tim will share hilarious demonstrations, stories, and real-life examples of how to train your brain to eliminate self-sabotage through hypnosis. Tim will sell and sign copies of his books, Get Out of Your Way and The Power of Optimism. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

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 $25 

1-DAY ONLY! Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Saturday, June 21. Come "Fill-a-Bag for $25" 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 Bargain Room and get your whole bundle for just $25 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.

 

Robert Allen Johnson Book Signing

Meet local author, Robert Allen Johnson on Saturday, July 12 from 1 to 4pm at the Fort Wayne HPB. Robert will sign the 2nd book in his historical fiction series, Magnus. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

 

Greenwood 

First Sunday Sale
Join us on the first Sunday of each month for an extra 20% OFF all items in our Christianity and Christian Fiction section at your Greenwood HPB. Sale on June 1, July 6, August 3 and September 7 at this location only.

 

First Saturday Fiction Sale
Join us on the first Saturday of each month for an extra 20% OFF all used hardback fiction at your Greenwood HPB. Sale on June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6 at this location only.

 

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.

 

Tim Shurr Talk and Book Signing

Meet international speaker, consultant and TV personality, Tim Shurr at your Greenwood HPB on Saturday, July 12, at 10 am. Tim will share hilarious demonstrations, stories, and real-life examples of how to train your brain to eliminate self-sabatoge through hypnosis. Tim will sell and sign copies of his book, Get Out of Your Way. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

 

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.

 

Turn It Up 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.

 

Movie Mania Friday

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.

 

Greyhound Pet Adoptions

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the 4th Saturday of each month, from 2 to 4pm, Greyhound Pets of America - Indianapolis will bring their Greyhound dogs for a meet and greet. Stop by your HPB at 86th and Ditch Rd. and meet the fastest dog on earth. Learn about this affectionate breed and how you can adopt a retired racing Greyhound. See store for details.

 

Tim Shurr Talk and Book Signing

Meet international speaker, consultant and TV personality, Tim Shurr at your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB on Saturday, June 14, at 10 am. Tim will share hilarious demonstrations, stories, and real-life examples of how to train your brain to eliminate self-sabatoge through hypnosis. Tim will sell and sign copies of his books, Get Out of Your Way and The Power of Optimism. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Outlet

New HPB Outlet Book Club!

Your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet is creating a once monthly Book Club! Join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. See store for details. http://hpb.com/221

 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Storytime & Crafts

Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room? Come to your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet on Saturday, June 28, from 11 am - 4 pm for storytime and crafts. We are featuring Bill Martin’s classic alphabet book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, along with noise-maker crafts. Fun for the whole family!

 

20% Off Music Day

Join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month for 20% OFF all music and music-related books at your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet. 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.

 

Saturday Trivia

Do you like to dabble in the trivial? Come to your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet for trivia on the hour, every hour, every Saturday! First customer to answer correctly will receive a bonus 15% OFF their entire purchase. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

 

Tuesday Night Specials

Every Tuesday evening from 6 till close (9 p.m.) a different section of the Bowling Green Outlet store will be on sale. Get up to 50% off some of your favorites – like DVDs, CDs, LPs, fiction hardbacks and more! We're not spoiling the surprise. Come in store each Tuesday to learn what the special sale includes. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

3rd Annual Summer Solstice Carnival

Looking for free family fun? Celebrate the first day of summer and the longest day of the year at your Hamburg Pavilion HPB. On Saturday, June 21, from 12 pm - 5 pm, party on the patio with games, prizes and refreshments to celebrate the joy of summer. Don’t forget to check out the store for great summer reads and fun outdoor entertainment ideas. 

 

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.

 

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 - 9:00 pm.

 

Friday Magic Music Night

Join us each Friday from 5 p.m. 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.

 

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.

 

MINNESOTA

Name That Author! (Twin Cities Area)

Think you know your authors? Come into any Twin Cities HPB during June, guess the correct name of our featured author photo and enter a drawing for a $25 HPB Gift Card. Author photos change weekly. Winner to be chosen after June 30. See store for details.


Maplewood

Maurice Sendak Storytime

Your Maplewood HPB is having a special Maurice Sendak Storytime. "And now, let the wild rumpus start!" on Sunday, June 1, at 2pm. "There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen."

Northtown

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Northtown HPB for Storytime Saturdays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 pm on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! 

 

MISSOURI

Chesterfield

Win Free Books for a Year!

What does every booklover want? More books! To celebrate the opening of our new Chesterfield store, we're giving away FREE BOOKS for a YEAR! Visit http://www.hpb.com/win  to enter now and see complete giveaway rules and prize details. Deadline to enter is June 22, 2014. 

 

Volunteers Needed for Book Donation Event

Join us at your new Chesterfield Half Price Books store as we stuff tote bags with books to benefit the Feed the Children charitable organization. Volunteers are needed at the store on Wednesday, June 11, starting at 8 am. Volunteers of all ages welcome to participate. Help put books into the hands of children who want to read. Contact the Chesterfield HPB store for more information.

 

Storytime with Gayle Dorshow

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to the NEW Chesterfield Half Price Books this Sunday, June 8, from 2 - 4 pm, for the Biggest Storytime of the Summer. Our special guest is storyteller Gayle Dorshow! While you are there, be sure to pick up info for Half Price Books’ Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program.

 

OHIO

Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center (Columbus)

Big location, big selection, big savings! Everything will be $2 or less! Come to our 2nd Annual Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center on Friday & Saturday, June 27 & 28, from 9 am-7 pm, & Sunday, June 29 from 10 am-6 pm at the Lausche Bldg. Half Price Books stores throughout the Midwest are contributing hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music to create this great Clearance Sale event! Get directions and details.

 

Hamilton

Pamela Clark & Sylvia Johnson Book Signing

Meet authors Pamela Clark and Sylvia Johnson on Saturday, June 28 from 2 to 4pm at the Fairfield Township HPB in Hamilton. The co-authors will sign their new book The Parker Treasure: Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookie Tales – the story of three generations about love, sacrifice, money, power and the pursuit of things most valued in this world. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last. 

 

Mason

Pamela Clark & Sylvia Johnson Book Signing

Meet authors Pamela Clark and Sylvia Johnson on Saturday, July 5 from 2 to 4pm at the Arbor Square HPB in Mason. The co-authors will sign their new book The Parker Treasure: Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookie Tales – the story of three generations about love, sacrifice, money, power and the pursuit of things most valued in this world. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

 

North Olmstead

Building a Better Store

We're remodeling our North Olmsted HPB store to be bigger, better and easier for you to shop. Stop by to take a peek at what we're up to and pick up a money-saving coupon. We will be closed on Sunday, June 1 through Friday, June 6 while we finish sprucing things up for you. Come back to see all the changes when we reopen at 10 am on on Saturday, June 7.

 

Reynoldsburg

Vinyl Fridays

Join us for an LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. 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 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Readers, listeners and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. 

 

OKLAHOMA

HPB at SoonerCon 23 (Oklahoma City)

Ready to geek out? Come to SoonerCon 23 and look for the HPB booth from Friday through Sunday, June 27 - 29.  HPB will have comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and more at the Reed Conference Center. See you there.

 

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. 

 

Dog Day at Half Price Books
Come meet Goldie the service dog, along with her person, Joy, at your Edmond HPB. Join us on Sunday, June 8, from 12 noon to 4 pm, for a special storytime with Joy and Goldie. Learn more about the personal story of Joy and Goldie plus autism and therapy animals.

 

John Sowers Book Signing

Meet the President of the Mentoring Project and local author John Sowers at your Edmond HPB on Friday, June 27, at 6 pm. John will sell and sign his new book, The Heroic Path; In Search of the Masculine Heart. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Clearance Sale at the Monroeville Convention Center (Pittsburgh)

Join us for a big selection with big savings! Everything is $2 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Monroeville Convention Center on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday June 13 through 15, from 9 am to 5 pm. Stock up on as many books as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more.  Get directions and details.

 

Monroeville

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Monroeville HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. 

 

TEXAS  

Clearance Sale at the Arlington Convention Center  (DFW)

Join us for a fantastic sale!  Everything is $3 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Arlington Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, May 30 & 31 from 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday, June 1 from 9 am to 5 pm. Stock up on as many books as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more.  Get directions and details.

 

HPB at Texas Comicon

Transform your weekend into a thrilling event. Look for the HPB booth at the Texas Comicon from Friday through Sunday, June 20 - 22. HPB will sell comics, manga, graphic novels, sci-fi, DVDs, collectibles and more.  

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.

 

Estelle Brewster Book Signing

Meet author, Estelle Brewster at your Lincoln Square HPB. Estelle will sell and sign her memoir, Becoming Beautiful on a Painful Road, on Saturday, June 14 starting at 2 pm. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

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.

 

Austin – Parmer Crossing

Friday Clearance DVDs Sale

Make Friday night your movie night. Pop in to your Parmer Crossing HPB on Fridays in June and July for an additional $1 OFF all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and enjoy them from the cool and comfort of your own couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer at this location only through July 25.

 

Austin – Southpark Meadows 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Southpark Meadows HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday, and then each child can take a pre-selected book home for free. Children of all ages are welcome. 

 

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.

 

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

Storytime Sunday
Join us every Sunday from 3-4 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

 

$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.

 

Backyard Chickens 101

Meet Prince George, the Gecko Hardware Rooster, on Saturday, June 14 from 10am - 2 pm at your Flagship HPB. Plus, Texas A&M Extension Educator and chick magnet, Jeff Raska, will talk about raising Urban Chickens in Dallas County. Now that’s something to crow about!

 

Dump the Pump. Save Money.

Join us at your Flagship HPB as we team up with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for Dump the Pump  on Saturday, June 14, from 6 - 7 pm. Bring in a recent gasoline receipt and exchange it for a FREE weekly regional transit pass. Sit back, relax and see how much money you can save by switching to mass transit. Passes are good for any DART, Fort Worth T, and Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) fixed service route. This is a DART sponsored event. Free passes available from DART while supplies last.

 

3rd Saturday Vinyl Night

It’s 33s on the third. Move to the groove while you shop when DJ Golden Era spins vinyl on the third Saturday of each month from 5 - 7 pm at the Flagship HPB in Dallas. Find out why Dallas Observer readers named us The Best Place to Buy Vinyl.

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

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

 

Garland

Chuck Williams Book Signing

Meet retired pastor and author, Chuck Williams, at your Garland HPB on Saturday, June 21 at 1 pm. Chuck will sell and sign his book, Eternal Route 66, a book about a parallel journey across historic Route 66 and the 66 Books of the Bible. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lewisville

Dog Day Storytime

Bring in your half-pint readers for a special storytime with therapy dogs at your Lewisville HPB. Join us on Saturday, June 7, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm when the Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs visit for storytime and special listening time with individual young readers.

 

Mansfield

Susan Howell Book Signing

Meet local author Susan Howell at your Mansfield HPB on Saturday, July 12 from 1 to 3 PM. Howell will sell and sign her spy thriller, Oil Rush, The International Tug of War; a novel about a Texas wildcatter and 1960’s cold war Superpowers battling for oil in the Persian Gulf. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

 

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.

 

Thomas McDonald Book Signing

Meet local author Thomas McDonald at your Mesquite HPB on Saturday, June 28 starting at 12 pm. Thomas will sell and sign his book, Daydreams of a Country Boy. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

 

Richardson

Richardson Reads: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Join in the community discussion with Richardson Reads One Book. Your Richardson HPB has new copies of this year's One Book selection, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. New copies of this title are available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

 

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¢ Paperback Tuesdays

All pocket-size, mass market paperbacks! Only 25¢! Every Tuesday at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet. See store for details. Offer good at this location only.

 

HPB at Capital City Pride Event 

Look for the Half Price Books Outlet booth at this year’s Capital City Pride event on Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, from 11 am-5 pm, at historic Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia. We’ll have books to sell plus valuable coupons! See you there!

 

25% Off Everything Sale

Join us for a Storewide 25% Off Sale at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15, everything in the store will be an additional 25% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia only.

 

Summer Reading Sale

Stock up on summer reading for your family! Get an additional 30% off all Kids and Young Adult books at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia only.

 

Dollar Sale!

1-DAY ONLY! Everything in the store is $1on Saturday, June 28, at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet. Stock up on books, music, movies and more. ALL for $1 each. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA. 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.

 

Summer Fun Wednesdays

Join us at your Appleton HPB for kids’ storytime, crafts or games each Wednesday starting June 11 and continuing through July. Each child participant will receive a FREE preselect book plus enter an end-of-Summer drawing for an HPB Gift Card. Light refreshments provided. Checkout what’s happening:

June 11, 1-3 pm  Drop in Crafts

June 18, 11 am  Butterfly Storytime

June 25, 1-3 pm  Drop in Board Games

July 2, 11 am  July Fourth Storytime

July 9, 1-3 pm  Drop in Crafts

July 16, 11 am  Dragon Storytime

July 23, 1-3 pm  Drop in Board Games

July 30, 11 am  Stories by Mo Willems

 

 

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

 

 

Wednesday
May282014

Read the Movie: Your Summer Guide to Movies Based on Books

 

It's time again to give you a heads up on your reading list if you want to read the book before you see the movie. With summer movies in high gear there are actually a few good books hitting the big screen that are not titled X-Men or Spiderman. One of the most anticipated is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Be sure to grab a copy of one of these books and get the scoop on some of the summers best movies.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault In Our Stars hits the big screen June 6.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. Look for this film August 15.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A group of boys, with no memories of their past lives, must escape a massive maze infested with deadly creatures. In theaters September 19.

A Walk Among The Tombstones by Lawrence Block

Private investigator Matthew Scudder, played by Oscar Nominee Liam Neeson, is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Coming September 19.

What book will you read first before you see the movie?

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Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Thursday
May222014

Storewide 20% Off Everything Sale at Half Price Books!

Greetings, booklovers! Half Price Books is having a Storewide 20% Off Everything Sale. Shop your neighborhood HPB from Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26 and stock up on great new and used books, music, movies and games for the whole family. Everything in store is on sale! No coupon needed. Discount will be taken at register. Sale valid in stores only. Not valid online, on any gift card purchase, or at Half Price Books Outlet locations.

See what treasures people find in stores, and tell us about your own. Use #HPBhaul in your tweets and on Instagram, and visit hpb.com/hpbhaul to see the action! 

-- The HPB Blog Team

Tuesday
May202014

11 Military Stories for Memorial Day

As we honor those who have fallen in service to our country, I find myself drawn again to stories about that selfless sacrifice. From movies to books, here are my recommendations of accounts of war I think are compelling and memorable for this Memorial Day.

I’ve been a military movie buff since I was a kid. Initially drawn to films meant more for entertainment than an honest account of war. Movies like The Longest Day, The Dirty Dozen, The Alamo, The Big Red One and The Great Escape were favorites. As I matured, so did my tastes, developing towards more truthful narrative. Galipoli, Paths of Glory, Platoon, Glory, and Saving Private Ryan are personal standouts.

In later years, I joined the Army, and subsequently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, my taste for war movies has sharply waned. After experiencing war first hand, I now find Hollywood typically falls short of the truth. I read more about war rather than watch it on screen now. Books allow more freedom to draw my own conclusions and at my own pace. Here are a few non-fiction books I recommend as a way to remember and honor the sacrifice others have made.

Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose is full of hundreds of amazing facts and first-hand accounts of Allied and Axis troops from the day after D-Day through the end of WWII in Europe. Another book by Ambrose, Band of Brothers, follows a group of Paratroopers during WWII and chronicles their life-long bonds forged in war. From the same author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys by James Bradley tells the incredible and horrifying ordeal of US POWs on the Pacific Island of Chichi-jima. The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson is an intimate and honest portrayal into the complex lives of several West Point cadets from the class of 1966; their journey from school, through Vietnam and into their lives after the war. The Rough Riders by Teddy Roosevelt is a unique historical read, by a giant of American history. The personal accounts of Teddy Roosevelt’s experience in the Spanish American War is both insightful and engaging.

Whatever your plans for Memorial Day, please keep in mind those who made the ultimate sacrifice, even if that comes in the form of a book or movie.

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Scott is Senior Designer at Half Price Books Corporate. He still serves in the Army Reserves and will be participating in Carry The Load this Memorial Day.

Friday
May162014

Vinyl Scratch Repair: Does the needle method work?

Everything is set for Bob Dylan’s birthday on May 24. I think I’ll throw on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album.

Oh no! There’s a scratch right in the middle of Blowin’ in the Wind.

Better scour the Interwebs for some vinyl repair tips. Hmmm. This WikiHow article on How to Fix a Scratch on a Vinyl Record sounds promising, but will it work? I've seen a lot of different articles that yeild a lot of different results. Let's give this one a whirl.

The supplies: a piece of paper, a needle, some tape, a turntable and some coins (optional). The article called for a nickel, but I went with two dimes because I'm a big spender.

Roll up the paper, tape it up into a cone, attach the needle, add the coin(s) as weights, and PRESTO! We've got ourselves a homemade phonograph. (This also comes in handy if you happen to have a turntable but don't own speakers.)

Let us listen for our scratch.

The answer my friend is blowin' in the SKIP
The answer is blowin' in the SKIP

There it is! What is the answer blowin' in?! I need to know!

Since the record is skipping forward, I apply gentle pressure away from the center of the album.

Hoo boy! That was nerve-wracking, but after giving the track another spin... SUCCESS!

The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

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Darek is a Web Designer/Developer at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow him on Twitter at @jdtatum.