Happy October, everyone! It’s finally the fall season – what better time to stop by your favorite bookstore and pick up a good book to curl up with at home. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of our fun events going on this month in our stores!
Educator Appreciation Weekend
Teachers and librarians save 20% on EVERYTHING in store during Educator Appreciation Weekend Thursday, October 4 through Monday, October 8 at all Half Price Books locations. While you’re in the store, renew your Educator Discount Card and continue to save 10% all year round. No matter what you buy – whether you’re stocking up for your classroom or getting something for yourself – you’ll save on your entire purchase. If you don’t have an Educator Discount Card, apply for one today in store or online! It’s simple to apply and easy to save. And remember, your P.O. money goes twice as far at Half Price Books. Click here to learn more about our Educator Discount program.
Vote for your favorite school library!
In case you haven’t heard, we recently moved our stores in Fremont, Round Rock and Indianapolis! To celebrate our move to our new neighborhoods, we wanted to do something special for school libraries. During Educator Appreciation Days (Oct. 4-8) stop by any of these three stores and to cast a ballot for your favorite school library. The winning library in each city will receive a $200 Half Price Books gift card! See Fremont, Round Rock and Clearwater Village stores for details.
Clearance Sale at the Fairgrounds
Big location, big selection, big savings! Everything will be $3 or less! Come to our Minnesota Clearance Sale at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grandstand. All seven Twin Cities Half Price Books stores are contributing merchandise for our 4th Annual Clearance Sale. So come and fill your shelves with great books, movies and music at great prices! See you there!
FallCon Comic Book Party at the Fairgrounds
After you’ve shopped our Clearance Sale, walk on over to the Education Building at the State Fairgrounds. Look for the Half Price Books booth at the MCBA FallCon Comic Book Party on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’ll have comic books, manga, strategy guides, video games, and more! Saturday, October 6 only!
Banned Books Trivia & Prizes
In honor of Banned Books Awareness Week (Sept. 29 – Oct. 6), answer our “banned books” trivia questions correctly and enter a raffle for a $25 Half Price Books Gift Card. You can enter now through October 6.
Halloween Coloring Contest
Stop in and pick up our Halloween BW (the Half Price Books Bookworm!) coloring sheet so your half-pint artist can have a chance to win a prize. Enter October 1 – 31.
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. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 Half Price Books Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. A tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules. We’ll see you Oct. 20!
HPB Humble Book Club
Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our Humble HPB Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m. Here are the upcoming books for discussion:
October 1 – The Lost Continent, by Bill Bryson
November 5 – Possession, by A.S. Byatt
December 3 – The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens
First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to our Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7-9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you Oct. 4!
Led by Students, for Students
Recite a favorite or share your own
First Thursday of the Month is spent
Together, not alone
Read-Out for Banned Books
Our Humble HPB is capping off Banned Books Awareness Week with a Read-out. On Saturday, October 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., join our staff and fellow readers by reading excerpts from your favorite Banned Book. For a list of banned and challenged books go to our Delete Censorship website.
The Legend of the Duck Commander – Book Signing
Are you a fan of A&E Networks’ Duck Dynasty? Local author, James F. Robertson will sell and sign his book about his brother, The Legend of the Duck Commander, The Life and Times of Phil Robertson, at our South Lamar store. This is the story of a unique individual on a self-destructive path whose invention of a duck caller changed his life. Intrigued? We hope to see you Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See store for details.
Kerloon and Cooley – Book Signing
Come and listen to a lyrical children’s story about two towns, Kerloon and Cooley, that face a tornado and learn valuable lessons about community, sharing, and helping others. Local author Kathleen Hoyt will read, sell and sign Kerloon and Cooley Saturday, October 13 from noon to 6 p.m. See store for details.
Pet Adoption Cat-urdays
Looking for a cuddly kitty? A fancy feline? A companion cat? On the first Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m., Bay Area Pet Adoptions will bring lovable cats available for adoption to our Clear Lake Half Price Books. Come see the kitties looking for a good, forever home. See you Oct. 6!
Dog Days at Half Price Books
Join us at our South Ohio locations 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 pup.
- Kenwood Galleria – read to Rudi the Shih Tzu each Tuesday from 4-5 p.m.
- Hamilton – read to Potter, the Bearded Collie on Oct. 7 and Oct. 21 from 1-2 p.m.
- Florence – read to Nico, the Great Pyrenees on Oct. 20 from 3-4 p.m.
- Mason – read to Bella, the Pug on Oct. 21 from 3 – 4 p.m.
Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting our Country Club Corner Half Price Books on Saturday, October 13, from noon to 5 p.m. The Safe Haven Animal Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. We will give an HPB tote bag and 15% coupon to go along with any adopted pet during this time.
Local artist, Jason Barkley will have paintings on display at our Monroeville Half Price Books during the month of October. Join us on Sunday, October 14, from 4 to 5 p.m., for an Artist Meet-n-Greet. The multi-talented Jason will entertain with guitar and original songs. Light refreshments will be available.
Feed the Hungry Food Drive
Starting October 1 through November 17, our North Fayette HPB will be collecting cash donations for the West Hills Food Pantry. West Hills Food Pantry has served the community since 1983, with 100% of cash donations going to purchase food and supplies for their clients. For every 25¢ donated at our North Fayette HPB store, you can add a paper feather to our giant paper turkey.
Find the Bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones. No bones about it, our Halloween skeleton is broken and we need help to rebuild it. Come into our North Fayette HPB on Saturday, October 20, find a plastic bone, and be entered in a drawing for a $25 HPB Gift Card. Toe bone connected to the foot bone, foot bone connected to…
Guess the Pumpkin Weight
Our North Fayette HPB is getting into the Halloween spirit. Stop by on Sunday, October 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. and check out our really BIG pumpkin. Adults age 18 and over are invited to guess the weight for a chance to win this colossal squash. The winner will be announced that Sunday at 2:01pm. Yum, pumpkin pie!
Halloween Costume Contest
Calling all witches, clowns, goblins and ghouls! On Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 3 p.m., our North Fayette HPB is having a Halloween Costume Contest and in-store parade. All children up to 10 years of age are welcome to participate. Infants too! Top 3 costumes will receive a pint-sized pumpkin. All participants will get treats. Judging takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. Must be present to win.
Employee Art Show
We consider ourselves a pretty creative bunch here at Half Price Books so we decided to show off some of our artistic skills here at our Flagship location. From Friday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Nov. 12, stop by our Community Room to see HPB employee art on display.
Meet and Greet Boxer Rescue
Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., NorCal Boxer Rescue will bring Boxer dogs available for adoption to our Flagship HPB store. Come see these lovable dogs looking for a good, forever home. See you Oct. 13!
Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting 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 Oct. 20!
Party with the Jedi!
Calling all Star Wars fans! The JediOKC, will dock at our Edmond Half Price Books for a special Star Wars day. On Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Jedi will be on hand for an all-ages scavenger hunt, kid’s storytime, and more. Refreshments will be provided.
HPB at UtopiaCon
Look for the HPB booth at UtopiaCon at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati from Friday to Sunday, October 26-28. HPB will sell D&D, RPG, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, Children’s books and kits, plus, movies, games, and more. Free tote bags while supplies last.
We are moving our Plano store to a bigger, better location at 2440 Preston Road in Plano near the new Trader Joe’s at the intersection of Park in Preston Towne Center. The location on Independence Road will be closed starting Monday, October 8 and will reopen at the new location on Thursday, October 25. Our new store is more than 1,000 square feet larger and will be easier to shop. Plus, we’ll have the same great selection of new and used books, music, movies and games!
We hope you’ll join us for the great opening celebration Thursday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 28. The first 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Plano store will 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 10.25.12 – 10.28.12 at Preston Towne Center, Plano TX location only. One random $100 gift card winner each day, Thursday – Sunday.
Zombies v. Aliens Day
If you’re on our mailing list (and if you’re not, sign up here), be on the lookout for a special coupon good for Zombies v. Aliens Day (also known as Halloween). When you receive the coupon, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for who would win in a hypothetical apocalyptic horror battle between zombies and aliens. We even encourage you to wear a costume when you shop (but no masks please – we want to see your beautiful faces). We will announce the winner the next day, so be sure to keep an eye out on the blog!
Storytime – Multiple Locations
Many of our stores have weekly or monthly story times. Check out this month’s listings:
Huebner Road, San Antonio – Join us the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday at 2 p.m. The staff will read one of their favorite books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8. See you Oct. 7!
Northwest Highway – Dallas – Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.
Lincoln Square – Arlington, TX – 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.
Mesquite, TX – Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Story Time 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.
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. Story time recommended for kids ranging from pre-schoolers to 5th graders.
South Arlington, TX – Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun story time. 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.
Corpus Christi, TX – Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Story Time 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 October 14!
Mason, Ohio – Sit down for a good tale each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at our Mason Half Price Books.
Humble, TX – Bring the kids for a children’s story time every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.
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 October 20!
Springhurst/Freys Hill – Louisville, KY – 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 Oct. 27!
Special Sales – Multiple Locations
Save 15% at HPB with your DFW public transit pass
Present a valid DART, TRE, or T transit pass at the register and get 15% off your entire in-store purchase at participating Half Price Books locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Offer valid now through Sunday, October 21, 2012 only. Discount details. Visit dart.org to learn more about the new DART Orange Line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekend DVD Sale
Stock up for a movie marathon! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 19 – 21, buy 2 DVDs and get 1 free of equal or lesser value.
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.
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.
Rocktober CD Sale
Let’s go shoppin’ while the store’s a rockin’! All day Wednesday, October 10, our Penn Park Half Price Books will be playing 50s and 60s classic rock. To add to the good vibes, we’ll take 10% off CDs. Sale at our Penn Park store only.
Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. and listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs at our Sir Barton Place HPB in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you Oct. 26!
Show you colors! Wear a shirt supporting your favorite sports team into our Edmond HPB on any Saturday and you could score a door prize. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Rah, rah, rah! Sis boom bah!
Second Sunday Sidewalk Sale
Join us at our Edmond HPB every second Sunday of each month for a sidewalk sale. We’ll have lots of items marked $3 or less. Sale at our Edmond store only. See you Oct. 14!
As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if anything has been added throughout the month.