#HPBgives: More Than 330,000 Kids’ Books Donated Nationwide

Another year of our Half Pint Library Book Drive and book giveaways has come and gone! This was the 19th year of our Half Pint Library Book Drive (part of our Million Book Donation Project), and I am pleased to announce we distributed 330,789 books to organizations across the country.

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who donated books to the drive. We couldn’t have gotten so many books into the hands of kids who need them without you! Until next year, please enjoy these photos from some of our giveaways.

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The book recipients and HPB staff pose for a photo before the book distribution begins at our Downers Grove, Illinois location.

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It’s time to celebrate Booksgiving Day!

Attention kids and parents – it’s time to celebrate your favorite Half Price Books holiday, Booksgiving Day!

Now in its fourth year, we here at Half Price Books celebrate Booksgiving Day with a special storytime. BUT, the best part is, every child who attends will receive a FREE new children’s picture book to take home, while supplies last. (Who doesn’t love free books?!)

And this year, for every book purchased online at HPB.com on Booksgiving Day, we’ll donate a book to the nonprofit organization, Feed The Children. All books donated on Booksgiving Day are part of the Half Price Books Million Book Donation Project, which donated more than 1.6 million books to non-profit organizations and schools in 2015.

So stop by your local HPB on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. local time to celebrate Booksgiving Day with your fellow booklovers, and don’t forget to shop online, too. Hope to see you there!

Check out photos from previous Booksgiving Day celebrations!

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Eating Books: How To and Why

April Fool’s Day is the biggest day of the year for caution, what with all the pranks your friends are surely concocting to surprise you. One steps lightly, takes their email with a grain of salt and checks toilets for plastic wrap on the First of April. But there’s more to this day than being exploited for your (really, my) gullible nature (I’ve fallen for a few pranks in my time). Do you know what else happens on this glorious day? A Texas tradition, that’s what! The Austin Edible Book Festival, you goose!

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Here’s How it Works:

Festival entrants participate by constructing a dish that is representative of a book title through puns or wordplay. These concoctions-often sculptural, sometimes literal, always engaging, are laid out to be admired and then voted on in a variety of categories, including Funniest, Most Appetizing, Least Appetizing, Best Construction and Best in Show. The winners get prizes, and then we eat everything. Or, at least in my experience, everything that didn’t win Least Appetizing. Some of my favorites from the last couple of years include “Gone Girl-ic Bread,” a loaf of garlic bread stabbed with a knife and drizzled with marinara sauce; “20,000 Big League Chews Under the Sea,” an aquarium filled with Swedish Fish and Big League Chew gum; “The Holy Bivalve,” a biblically-decorated cake shaped like a clam; and “Game of Scones,” a cookie chess board with mini scones for pieces. Perfection.

The first iteration of the festival came about in 2000, pioneered by art librarian and curator Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron as way to celebrate the power of literature as a means to ingest culture and ideas. April 1st was chosen to honor the birthdate of French author and gourmet Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, whose La Physiologie du Goût was written as a witty meditation on the edible arts. The tradition was adopted in Austin by the University of Texas School of Information in 2003, and since 2014 has been hosted at Half Price Books on North Lamar.

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It’s so much fun. People get really creative with their entries, and some of the puns at play are even more delicious than their edible manifestations. And if the joys of wordplay aren’t enough to get you pumped about this, the festival also kicks off a food drive to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas that runs throughout the entire month of April at HPB on North Lamar. You can eat weird stuff AND feel good about helping our community. Win-win!

So if you’re in the Austin area or are looking for a reason to visit, come be a part of this scrumptiously absurd event. You don’t have to sign up, just show up with your entry. We’ll know exactly why you’ve come into a book store with a fish in a kilt “Troutlander”, a temporarily-intelligent bowl of curry and bread “Cauliflowers for Algernaan”, or a seemingly ageless jar of Dijon mustard “The Picture of Dorian Grey Poupon”. We’ll save you a spot at the table during the first day of the best month you could hope to have. Welcome!

Zach Nash is the Community Outreach Specialist at Half Price Book North Lamar.

North Texas Tornado Relief: How Our Customers Helped Meet the Needs of Tornado Survivors

UPDATE: May 9, 2016

Small gestures add up to make a big difference

After the December 26, 2015 tornadoes hit North Texas, HPB’s Dallas-Fort Worth customers donated toiletry items, we contributed books to displaced families living in shelters.  In January, donation coin boxes in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City encouraged customer donations to the Red Cross.  Many customers donated by directly texting to the Red Cross while others dropped their donation into the coin boxes.  After the money was tallied, we presented the coin box donations to the North Texas Region of the American Red Cross.  Our customers contributed a few coins or dollar bills here and there, which ultimately became a donation of $6,413.45!  The Red Cross works to help those impacted by the North Texas tornadoes even now, four months later, and these contributions will go towards that work – it is awesome to see your donations making a difference in the lives of the North Texans who are still recovering and rebuilding their lives.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

 

Tornado Relief

Representing Half Price Books at the check presentation in March was Dawn, Garland store manager, and Dave, North Dallas district manager.  In the center is Ashley from the Red Cross of North Texas.  The day after the tornadoes, the Garland store was first to reach out to the Garland Police and let them know HPB wanted to help. 

Through the generosity of our dedicated customers and some additional big-hearted citizens who wanted to donate, Half Price Books was able to collect more than 10,000 toiletry items for the survivors of the recent North Texas tornadoes! What too many families in areas just north and south of the city of Dallas experienced was a devastating mass of twelve tornadoes that tore through homes and across neighborhoods, sadly taking lives in the process.

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The communities of Garland and Rowlett were hit the hardest, and, subsequently, several Red Cross Shelters were established and companies across North Texas volunteered to collect needed items. The evening after the tornadoes hit, our Garland store management team reached out to the Garland police and let them know we would help, in whatever way we could. On Monday, our Dallas corporate office, in partnership with the American Red Cross of North Texas, announced that DFW area Half Price Books stores would accept donations to the Red Cross. As a tangible way to meet the needs of the tornado survivors, we embarked upon a DFW Toiletry Donation Drive to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and other immediate needs.

The Red Cross let us know on Tuesday, December 29, they had several shelters with many children that were bored and asked if we had books we could donate – do we have books? YES! The boxes were packed to the top of the truck with more than 500 books, stacked, loaded and delivered to the Red Cross Headquarters by a Half Price Books team by the next day. Before we left the building, a Red Cross representative said those children’s books were already en route to the shelters! Now that was amazingly efficient!

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Left to right: Michael (HPB), Ashley (Red Cross), Brady (HPB), Angela (Red Cross)

We continued the Toiletry Donation Drive through that week until Friday, January 1. To say that our customers, employees and the citizens of DFW area were generous is an understatement. Our Flagship store in Dallas collected more than 3,000 of the much-needed items, including some dog food and blankets, too! In addition, our19 other stores in the DFW area collected another 7,000 items! When the call went out, everyone responded with abundance!

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Donation delivery site with HPB truck driver, Marvin (in orange vest) and church’s volunteers.

The closing chapter of our donation drive was finding an organization to distribute the donations we collected – in the process, we discovered a cool website called recovers.org, where the needs of a recovering community are listed and those who want to donate can be matched with each other. After searching for the Garland area, we found an organization that needed our toiletry items. Our corporate distribution staff quickly sorted and boxed up the 10,000 items into categories like toothbrushes and shampoo; the four shrink-wrapped pallets with 25 boxes each were then delivered to The Central Park Church of God in Garland on Friday, January 10 – on the day the director said they literally were running out of toiletries! It is because of our thoughtful and community minded customers, employees and fellow citizens of DFW that these donations got into the hands of those in need, just in time! If you donated, we wanted you to know – you met a huge need in a mighty way!

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HPB employees sorted over 10,000 items!

 

Local Store Events Round-Up: January 2016

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Arizona California Illinois Indiana Kentucky Minnesota Missouri Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania Texas Washington Wisconsin

ARIZONA

Mesa

Sarah Ballantyne & Alaena Haber Book Signing
Meet New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sarah Ballantyne and Alaena Haber on Saturday, January 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Mesa HPB.  Sarah and Alaena will discuss and sign their new book The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive. Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Phoenix – Camelback 

First Sunday Storytime
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Camelback HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome!

CALIFORNIA

Dublin

Dog Adoptions
Cute canine companions will be visiting your Dublin HPB this Saturday, January 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable dogs looking for good, fur-ever homes

ILLINOIS

Chicagoland

Celebrating 10 Years in Chicagoland!
We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary in the Chicagoland area with a coupon for our email subscribers redeemable in store January 22 through 24. Want to get one for yourself? Sign up for our email list in store today. Valid at any Chicago-area HPB.

Algonquin

Jonathan Masters Book Signing
Meet author Jonathan Masters on Saturday, January 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at your Algonquin HPB. Jonathan will sell and sign his Education book, The Throwaway Kids. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Frank McRae Book Signing
Meet local author Frank McRae at your Algonquin HPB on Saturday, January 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Frank will sell and sign his Thrillers, Premonitions and Vengeance: When All That’s Left is Revenge. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Bloomingdale

Sonja Smith Book Signing
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Million Book Donation Project continues in 2014!

African Moons – Arusha, TanzaniaHalf Price Books has always strived to donate books to as many worthy and wonderful non-profit organizations and schools as we can. After all, as our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So, once again, in 2013, we set forth with the goal of donating a million books as part of our Million Book Donation Project. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce our final total for the 2013 calendar year was 1,491,364 books donated.

We’re moving full-steam ahead with donations in 2014. To check out our current donation count for the year, or to request books for your organization, visit hpb.com/million.  

Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School – Dallas, TexasWe consider it a priviledge to partner with such great organizations in the community and around the world. It’s incredible to see what good things they do with the books we provide.  

You can read just a sample of these donation stories here, and see a complete list of donation recipients.

If your organization has received books from Half Price Books, we’d love to hear your story and see how the power of reading is changing lives one book at a time. Please leave a comment below. 

Emily is Public Relations Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @emilytbruce.

Local Store Events Round-Up: September

Looking for something to do in September? Check out some fun happenings at your neighborhood Half Price Books this month!

All Stores

Become a Dork Do-Gooder at HPB

Do you spend your days wanting to be more like Nikki Maxwell of the Dork Diaries? If so, then stop by your local HPB and pick up a Dork Do-Gooder Day Official Participation Sheet. Kids who complete 5 Do-Gooder activities before October 1 can bring back their participation sheet (signed by a parent or guardian, of course) for a special Dork Do-Gooder Day celebration on Tuesday, October 1. See store for details. 

Authors Writing Competition

Call for entries! The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book sponsored by Half Price Books is looking for self-published and/or small press books. The top five books will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2014 issue of Shelf Unbound book review magazine. Plus, the winning book will be stocked in all Half Price Books retail stores in 16 states. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2013. Get details here.

ARIZONA

Phoenix – Camelback

HPB Crafty Hour

Looking for some crafting fun? Pick up your BFF or your new school friend and come to your Camelback HPB as we make friendship bracelets. No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2-3 p.m.

Storytime Sunday

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Camelback HPB for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. Coloring activities and light refreshments provided.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Second Saturday Storytime

Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month. See you Sept. 14!

Vinyl Final Friday

Join us on the last Friday of each month to listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 15% off all vinyl LPs from 7-10 p.m. at your Paradise Valley HPB. Offer good at this location only. See you Sept. 27!

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.

Labyrinth Lord and Board Game Night

We’re staying open late to roll the dice at your Bloomington HPB Outlet. Join us late night Friday, September 27, from 9-11:30 pm, for board games or sign up for the role-playing game, Labyrinth Lord. Special thanks to The Game Preserve for the board games. Want more? Stick around for a chance to win HPB Outlet Gift Certficates.

Children’s and Young Adult Book Sale

2-DAYS ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington is offering a special deal on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. All Children’s and Young Adult books are 50% off. Plus, bring in your young artist for a coloring contest and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Contest for kids age 12 and under. 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 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.

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.

DVD Weekend Sale

Looking for some great couch-worthy entertainment? From Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, your Greenwood Shoppes HPB will have an additional 25% off all DVDs and Blu-rays. Wow! Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Sale 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.

A Man Without a Country, Signed

Your Clearwater Village HPB has an inscribed copy of A Man Without a Country, by Indianapolis native, Kurt Vonnegut. This 2005 hardback is inscribed “Dear Hoosier, Love, Kurt Vonnegut.” The book is a collection of short essays covering a variety of topics from humor to modern American society in classic Vonnegut fashion. Almost a memoir, the book was his last published before his death in 2007. See store for details.

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 Sept. 6!

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.

KENTUCKY

 

LexingtonFayette Place and Sir Barton 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 at both the Sir Barton Place and Fayette Place HPBs in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you Sept. 27!

Lexington – Sir Barton Place

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 Sept. 28!

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 Sept. 21!

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.

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 Sept. 28!

MISSOURI

Independence

Live remote with KCKC 102.1 FM!

Come on down and check out The Alice 102 live radio remote at our Independence Great Opening! This Saturday, from 10am to noon.

OHIO

Cincinnati

Clearance Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center

Big location, big selection, big savings! Everything will be $2 or less! Come to our 1st Annual Clearance Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center on Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., & Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Big Exhibit Hall. We’ll have hundreds of thousands of books, music and movies! The first 200 customers each day will receive a free HPB tote bag!* So come to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and fill your shelves with great books, music and movies at great prices! See you there! Snack bar and FREE parking available.

Accepted Tender: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover. We are sorry, but we are unable to accept coupons, other discounts or gift cards at the clearance sale. All sales are final. *Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at Clearance Sale only.

Mason

Storytime Tuesday

Sit down for a good tale each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at our Mason Half Price Books.

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.

Second Saturday Storytime

Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Sept. 14!

Penn Park

Blind Date with a Book

Your Penn Park HPB is capping off Literacy Month with “Blind Date with a Book”. Join us on Friday, September 27, from 4-9pm, 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. Also accepting donations for the OKC Literacy Coalition.

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.

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 Sept. 8!

Dallas – Northwest Highway

The Steampunk Omnibus

The Seadog Slam presents The Magnificent and Stupendous Steam Powered Omnibus of Art, Science and Knowledge at your Flagship HPB. Celebrate the culture of steampunk with a living gazette of poetry and literature, fine arts, gears and gadgets, music, manners, and more. You are invited to dress in your finest steampunk garb and enjoy the experience on the first Wednesday of the month, this Summer, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. See you Sept. 4!

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.

Pirate Poetry with Seadog Slam

Avast me buckos! Dock yer jollyboat at your Flagship HPB as The Seadog Slam presents an evening of Pirate Poetry and Tales of the Sea on the third Wednesday of each month this Summer. And if ye be a pirate too, perhaps ye will be persuaded to read yer poems as well. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.!

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 Sept. 21!

Maggie Stiefvater Book Signing

New York Times bestselling young adult novelist, Maggie Stiefvater, will be at our Flagship HPB to sign and discuss her new book, The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2), due out Tuesday, September 17. Come meet Maggie and have your book signed on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new item.

Dallas – Preston Village

Storytime Sunday

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

Garland

A’Mera Frieman Book Signing

Author, A’Mera Frieman, will sell and sign her novel, Breaking the Line: Victoria’s Beginning at your Garland HPB on Saturday, September 21 from 1-4 pm. Frieman’s book tells the story of a biracial child, Victoria, rejected by her parents and raised by her aunts. Victoria struggles with her family and how to keep on the right path.

Diamond Wilson Book Signing

Local author Diamond Wilson, will sell and sign her novel, The Caves of Qumran, at your Garland HPB on Saturday, September 28 from 1-3 pm. Wilson’s book tells a historical mystery adventure centering around the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Esther.

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 Sept. 17!

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 Sept. 5!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

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.

Plano

Storytime Sunday

Our new Plano store will share a fun story with the kiddos each Sunday at 2 p.m.

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 pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

Round Rock

4 Day Sidewalk Sale

Join us at your Round Rock HPB for a 4 day Sidewalk Sale starting this Friday through Monday, September 30. We’ll have lots of items marked $3 or less. Sale at our Round Rock store only.

WASHINGTON

Lynnwood

Storytime Sunday

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

Olympia-Half Price Books Outlet

Now Hiring

Our new Olympia Half Price Books Outlet will be hosting a Hiring Day on Friday, September 27, from 10am to 6pm. The store is now accepting applications for temporary positions including full time management and part time booksellers. Applicants should have good customer service work experience. Go to http://www.hpb.com/jobs/ to apply or download an application. 

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.

Friday Poetry Readings

Do you love rhymes? Verse? Poetry?

Then drop by your Appleton HPB.

Where at 7 p.m. every Friday night

It’s poetry that our Bibliomaniacs recite.

Whether it’s free verse that’s your style,

Or its rhymes that always make you smile,

We’ve got a poem just waiting for you,

Even if what you love is haiku.

Madison

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 7-10pm, 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 anything has been added throughout the month.

-Emily

Half Price Books Does Earth Day Every day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at HPB, we make preserving and recycling part of our business. In 2012, we donated more than 2.3 million books to non profit organizations and schools, helping to keep them out of landfills, and we continue to donate books all the time as part of our Million Book Donation Project.

And we don’t limit being green just to books. Each of our new stores is constructed with 100% recyclable flooring, handmade wood shelves and eco-paints. We also offer post-consumer waste shopping bags and recycled gift cards.

We’re always looking for ways to b(eco)me greener and view the protection of the environment as a journey, not a destination. I hope you’re doing something fun (and more importantly, green) today to celebrate. Let us know how you’ll celebrate in the comments! — Emily 

Emily is PR Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at emilytbruce.