Local Events Round-Up: March

Hi gang –

March brings us another exciting month of events at many of your local Half Price Books locations.  Check out what’s going on!

All Stores

Half Pint Library Book Drive

If you haven’t already, stop by any of our stores to donate a new or gently used children’s book for our 14th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive.  Your donation fosters opportunities for kids in need in your community. To spread the love of reading further, we will match each donation you make, book for book. As part of our Million Book Donation Project, we hope to make our 2012 Half Pint Library book drive the biggest yet. Drop off your donation now through Saturday, March 31.

Monroeville, PA

Locate the Leprechaun

During March, HPB in Monroeville has a leprechaun loose in our store! He could be hiding anywhere, as leprechauns do, so look carefully. When you find him, fill out a raffle ticket and you’ll be entered to win a pot-o-gold – a.k.a. a $25 HPB gift card. Winner will be selected at the end of March.

HPB at Steel City Con

Stop by our booth at Steel City Con – a toy, comic and childhood collectibles show – at the Monroeville Convention Center March 2-4. We will sell books, comics, toys and games. Sign up for our mailing list and receive a FREE gift. For more information visit http://www.steelcitycon.com.

Northwest Highway – Dallas

Dr. Seuss Birthday Weekend

Pack up your Fox in Socks and Cat in the Hat lovers and head over to HPB on Northwest Highway Saturday and Sunday, March 3 & 4 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Each day at 1 p.m., we will remember Dr. Seuss with readings from his books and craft activities. No Green Eggs and Ham but there will be cupcakes!

Dallas-area Stores

Dr. Seuss Birthday Storytime

Many of our other Dallas-area stores will also have a special Dr. Seuss storytime.  Check out the locations and times below. 

Frisco, Texas

Celebrate Reading with Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars
Stop by our Preston Ridge HPB in Frisco on Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 3pm for a special storytime with Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott. Steve will read stories and talk with local kids about the importance of reading and literacy. Kids attending this free event will receive an autographed Steve Ott card while supplies last. We are sorry, but due to time constraints, Mr. Ott will not be giving additional autographs.

Mason, OH; Kenwood Galleria- Cincinnati; Hamilton, OH and Florence, KY

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at HPB to take a bite out of reading. Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books, where they can read a book to a loveable pet.  Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

  • Sunday, March 4, 1-2 p.m., Lexi the Collie-Lab, Kenwood Galleria
  • Sunday, March 4, 1-2 p.m., Potter, the Bearded Collie, Hamilton
  • Saturday, March 17, 3-4 p.m., Nico the Great Pyrenees, Florence
  • Sunday, March 25, 3-4 p.m., Bella the Pug, Mason

Edmond, Oklahoma

Edmond Area Spelling Bee

Let’s hear it for brain power! Join us at the HPB in Edmond on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. for a Spelling Bee. You could win a $50 HPB Gift Card. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Stop by to cheer on these brave spellers and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Pre-registration is required. Forms can be picked up at the store and the deadline to register is Saturday, March 3. Open to 4th-12th grade students from local Edmond schools. 

Cedar Park, Texas

Book Signing with Betty Byron and Cassius Mullen
Join us Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book signing with Betty Byron and Cassius Mullen. They’ll sign their book, Within the Walls of Santo Tomas, the story of a former army nurse and her experience at an internment camp during World War II.  Don’t miss this chance to buy an autographed copy of this book.

Humble, Texas

Tito Ortega

Acoustic Latin soul musician Tito Ortega will perform at the Humble store on Saturday, March 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.  You can pick up his CD while you’re there for $5.  Visit www.titoortega.com for more info.

Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati, Ohio

 Mobile Adopt-A-Thon

Looking to add a new furry friend to your family? Join us at the HPB in Kenwood Galleria on Sunday, March 25 from noon to 3 p.m. for our 2nd Annual Mobile Adopt-A-Thon in association with the Cincinnati SPCA. Dogs will be $20 and the price includes vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, heartworm negative testing and Hamilton County dog tag. If available, kittens and rabbits will be $10. For kittens the price will include vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter and feline leukemia negative testing. Rabbits will be vet checked and deemed in good health.

Ross Park Mall – Pittsburgh, PA

Record Night

Put on your boogie shoes and come to HPB at Ross Park Mall on Friday, March 30 from 7-11 p.m. for Record Night. Our manager will put on his DJ hat to spin live music, and we will be selling all $1 clearance LPs for 50¢. Sign up for our mailing list and be entered into a drawing to win a $20 HPB gift card during the event. Need not be present to win.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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 Day – 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.

Avon, Indiana

Retro Thursdays

Think it’s still cool to be old school? Stop by the HPB 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.


Castleton Commons – Indianapolis, Indiana

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays at our Castleton Commons HPB.  Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! No exclusions. All LPs discounted each Friday at this location until further notice.

 South Arlington – Arlington, Texas

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.

Burleson, Texas

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.

Mansfield, Texas

20% Off “Hump Day” Sale
Join us in Mansfield every Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. for a special 20% Off “Hump Day” Sale. Each week, we’ll feature a 20% discount on different categories of merchandise. Stop by today or call 682-518-7302 to find out what’s on sale this week! Hump Day Sale at Mansfield, Texas location only.

Beavercreek, OH; Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati; Hamilton, OH and Northgate – Cincinnati

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Friday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Come back the last Friday of each month for new discoveries and savings! All LPs discounted at Beavercreek, Kenwood Galleria, Hamilton and Northgate locations until further notice.

Storytime – Multiple Locations

Many of our stores have weekly or monthly storytimes.  Check out this month’s listings:

Huebner Road – San AntonioVisit Huebner Road the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday at 2 p.m. Join our staff for a reading of one of our favorite children’s books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8.  See you March 4! 

Oklahoma City, OK  – Join us at the Penn Park HPB on March 21 from 2-3 p.m. for a special hour of fun springtime activities!  In addition to storytime, we’ll have a variety of fun springtime craft activities for the kiddos.

Mesquite, TX 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 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. Recurring each Sunday until further notice.

Rockwall, TX Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for a fun story.  Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TX Join us at Lincoln Square 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.

Burleson, TXPack up your little readers and join us at our Burleson location for a preschool storytime being held in conjunction with the Burleson Library. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 11 a.m. every other Monday beginning March 5 and running through April 16. See store for details.

Humble, TX – 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. We’ll be reading Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson on March 7; Where’s My Mom by Julia Donaldson on March 14; Big Brown Bear Goes to Town by David McPhail on March 21; and The Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards on March 28.

Corpus Christi, TX Pack up your half-pint readers and come to 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 11!

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KY Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for story time. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more.  See you March 17!

Parmer Crossing – Austin, Texas – Join us each Saturday, beginning March 17 for a special storytime and craft hour.  On March 17, we’ll read St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons and make shamrocks.  March 24, we’ll read Utterly Otterly Day by Mary Casanova and March 31, we’ll read The Last Polar Bear by Jean George.

As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if anything has been added throughout the month.

Happy reading!

— Emily

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