Little Readers’ Storytime Book Club

Our friend Kristen (known on Instagram as @tojaneandrose) took summer reading to a whole new level by launching @storytimebookclub, a neighborhood book club for little readers. We encourage you to follow their weekly adventures as the kids gather on Wednesdays for a neighborhood story time play group like no other! Each week, neighborhood’s little readers join together for a new themed storytime and activity, and we’re way jealous.

We asked the @storytimebookclub creator and mom-in-chief if she had any advice to share and here are her tips and wisdom for getting something started where YOU live! Continue reading

Fall Storytime Favorite: Toto’s Apple

We do a lot of reading in our house, which means I’m always on the hunt for our new favorite book. I recently discovered Toto’s Apple by Mathieu Lavoie at our local Half Price Books and instantly fell in love with Toto, a delightful little worm who devises a series of inventive problem solving measures to reach an apple high in a tree. Every time we read it I admire his tenaciousness, especially because he uses arts and crafts to overcome each of his obstacles — you’re a worm after our own hearts, Toto.

Every now and then we do a special storytime party, and I knew Toto would be the perfect book to kick off the first day of fall. It has it all – apples, trees, leaves, squirrels, birds – it’s basically fall bingo in picture book form. So I invited my daughters Jane (four) and Rose (two) to help me bake mini apple pies (with leaf crusts, their favorite part) which we devoured while we read the book, and afterward we made simple popsicle butterflies, just like Toto makes for himself in the book. It was fun and simple and made storytime just a little more magical. 

What’s your family’s favorite storytime book? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Kristen Dickson from @tojaneandrose, a girl mom in Texas looking for that everyday magic.

The Big List of Storytime Books

We read a lot of storytime books around here – before naptime, before bedtime, before breakfast, after breakfast, for breakfast – you get the idea. My daughters are three and almost two, which means that our library is well-loved (aka the covers now dangle from most of the books → aka time for some new books → aka cue all the jazz hands emojis because there’s nothing better than shopping for new books, right?).  I polled a bunch of my mom friends for their kids’ best storytime books, and here’s what we came up with – tried and true classics mixed in with some contemporary gems.

So! If you like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, you might like these other books about going to bed:
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The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
Goodnight Already by Jory John and Benji Davies
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Goodnight Train by June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
The House In the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes
It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman and Eric Metaxas
Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin

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Local Store Events Round-Up: April

Hi Gang–

Another month is upon us – Happy April!  If you’re looking for an excuse to visit your favorite bookstore (like you really need one), we’ve got lots of fun events planned at our stores nationwide.

All Markets

Half Pint Library Book Giveaway Events

Thanks for all the books you donated during our Half Pint Library book drive!  Because of your books and Half Price Books’ matching donations, we’ll donate thousands of books to non profits in need during the month of April.  If you’re a non profit or a teacher, check out our calendar of events page to download the proper form and find out when the giveaway event nearest you will take place.  We’ll hold at least one book giveaway in each of our markets.

Dallas-Area Stores

Northwest Highway – Dallas, Preston – Dallas, Irving, Mesquite, Cedar Hill, Rockwall, Richardson, Garland, Plano, Frisco, McKinney

Easter Coloring Contest

On the hunt for a fun, free Easter activity? Children 10 and under are invited to hop on over to Half Price Books for a chance to win a Golden Egg (aka $10 HPB gift card.) Stop by any Dallas area HPB store, pick up a coloring sheet and return it by Friday, April 6. Winner will be chosen at random. See store for details.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt 

Gather up the kids and bring your Easter Baskets.  On Friday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m., we’ll have an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at all Dallas-area stores. Each egg will have a surprise inside. See store for details.

Earth Day Coloring Contest

Think green…or a rainbow of colors. Children 10 and under are invited to stop by any Dallas area HPB store, beginning April 6, to pickup an Earth Day coloring sheet. Return it by Friday, April 27 for a chance to win a $10 HPB Gift Card. Winner will be chosen at random. See store for details.

Naperville, Illinois

Easter Coloring Contest

Children 12 and under are invited to hop on over to our Naperville HPB for a chance to win a $5 HPB gift card. Pick up a coloring sheet now and return it by noon on Saturday, April 7. Winner will be chosen at random on April 7 at 1 p.m. See store for details.

Easter Egg Hunt

On the hunt for a fun, free Easter activity? The Naperville store will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 starting at 9 a.m. until all the eggs are found. Lots of candy-filled eggs to find, and a lucky one will have a $25 HPB gift card inside. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Also that day, buy $15 or more of any merchandise and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a “Best of HPB” prize basket. Need not be present to win. See store for details.

Humble, Texas

Rodeo Coloring Contest

Hey, Buckaroos and Buckarettes! Ride on down to the Humble HPB or Beckwith’s Car Care and pick up a rodeo coloring sheet. Return it by Monday, April 9 for a chance to win a $50 HPB gift card. Six winners will be chosen in each of the following age ranges: 0-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 yrs, 10-12 years, and 13 years – adult. See store for details.

Austin, Texas – Parmer Crossing

Curious George Coloring Contest

Put on your yellow hat and let’s go on a coloring adventure with Curious George. Pick up a coloring sheet at our Parmer Crossing HPB and return it by Wednesday, May 9. Entries will be judged in three age groups: 0-3 years, 4-7 years, and 8-12 years. Prize winners to be announced at our store’s Curious George Birthday party on Saturday, May 19. See store for details.

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, April 1, 1-2 p.m., Lexi the Collie-Lab, Kenwood Galleria
  • Sunday, April 1, 2-3 p.m., Potter, the Bearded Collie, Hamilton
  • Saturday, April 21, 3-4 p.m., Nico the Great Pyrenees, Florence
  • Sunday, April 22, 3-4 p.m., Bella the Pug, Mason

Seattle

Sakura-Con

Come visit Half Price Books at booth 533 at Sakura-Con at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. HPB will sell anime, manga, DVDs and more.

Houston – Clear Lake

Paul H. Yarbrough Book Signing

Join us on Saturday, April 7 from noon to 4 p.m. to meet Texas-native Paul H. Yarbrough.  He will sell and sign copies of his mystery novel, Mississippi Cotton, which takes place in the civil rights era. Mississippi Cotton has been nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award and The Nautilus Book Award.

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 HPB store. Come see the kitties looking for a good, forever home.  See you April 7!

Marine Mammal Supply Drive
In honor of Earth Day, our Clear Lake HPB is sponsoring a fundraiser and supply drive for the local nonprofit, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network throughout the month of April. Please contact store for list of requested donations.

Meet Gulfy the Dolphin
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21 from 11am to 3 pm when Gulfy the bootlenose dolphin — theTexas Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s mascot — will be at our Clear Lake HPB to educate the audience about stranded marine mammals. Copies of the book Stranded, Stormy’s Adventure will be available for $10, cash or check only.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Lincoln Square – Arlington, Texas 

Book Signing with Dianna Brown Funches

Join us on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington where local Dallas author Dianna Brown Funches will sell and sign copies of her inspirational book entitled Destined for Greatness

A Visit From the Poky Little Puppy 

Now, where in the world is that poky little puppy? Could he be at HPB? The Poky Little Puppy will visit our Corpus Christi HPB on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 in honor of the “Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books” exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas. 

Free Family Day at the Art Museum of South Texas

Celebrating 65 Years of Golden Books! Join HPB at the Art Museum of South Texas for Family Day. Lots of free activities including bookmaking, writing, illustrating, and visits from the Poky Little Puppy and our very own HPB bookworm, BW. See you on Sunday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. Visit the Art Museum of South Texas’ website for details.

Edmond, Oklahoma

Local Authors Weekend 

Come to the University Village HPB in Edmond for our Local Authors Weekend. On Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m., meet Warren Schulman and get an autographed copy of his political thriller The Lushan Addiction. Then come back on Sunday, April 22 from 1-3 p.m. to meet local author and active-duty OKC police officer Kevin Barnes and get a signed copy of his inspirational book The Gift: A Faith Journey of a Street Cop 

Crystal, Minnesota

Celebrating 5 Years in Crystal

How time flies! We’ve been here in Crystal, Minnesota for 5 years. Join us for our 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. BW, the Half Price Books Bookworm, will be here to greet you. Bring the whole family to join our wonderful employees for the free festivities – cake, drinks, music, balloons and more. Thanks for shopping at Half Price Books in Crystal!

 Monroeville, PA

 Photography Contest Winners on Display

Come see the winning photographs from the Murrysville Parks & Recreation Commissions Photography Contest. A display of the winners will be available in the Art & Photography section of the Monroeville HPB Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30.   

Spot the Easter Bunny
There’s a furry, little Easter Bunny that’s inhabiting our Monroeville store. He likes to hide in all sorts of places high and low. If you spot him in store, let the cashier know his location and you’ll be entered to a raffle for a chance to win a $25 HPB Gift Card! Look carefully, he’s hoppin’ all around. Winner will be selected at the end of April. Need not be present to win.

Pittsburgh, PA

Record Store Day

Do vinyl grooves make you move? Come visit our Ross Township HPB on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 21. From 6 to 11 pm, all our $1.00 clearance records will be marked down to 50¢ each. See store for detailshardcovers. You won’t know what’s on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Pittsburgh Comic Convention
Hey all you wall crawlers, before you go meet Stan Lee, swing across the street from the convention center to the Holiday Center HPB Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22, and check out our display of Stan Lee merchandise. Show your convention badge or wristband and get a free comic (pre-selected by management).

Burleson, Texas

Vinyl Sunday

Get your groove on and enter for a chance to win a USB turntable! On Sunday, April 1 the McAlister Square HPB in Burleson will have all $1vinyl LPs marked down to 25¢, with all other LPs at 20% off the sticker price. See store for details.

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

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.

20% Off Vinyl on Record Store Day
We’re not just a place to buy books. We sell records, too! So, we’re joining the fun of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Swing by the Mansfield HPB to save an extra 20% off all vinyl in store! Plus, for each $10 you spend on LPs, you’ll be entered to win a USB Turntable. Discount at this location only. See store for details.

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.

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.

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.

Greenwood Shoppes – Greenwood, Indiana

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.

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.

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

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Friday, April 27 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, Mason and Florence, Kentucky locations until further notice.

Brice Park – Reynoldsburg, OH

Crafternoon at HPB
Do you like a good DIY craft? Want to celebrate Earth Day? Then join our Brice Park HPB on Sundays, April 15 and 22 from 1-3 pm for an afternoon of crafts using recycled materials. See store for details.

Lexington, KY

Vinyl Fridays
Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month from 6pm to 10pm 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.

Mansfield, Texas

20% Off Vinyl on Record Store Day

We’re not just place to buy books. We sell records, too! So, we’re joining the fun of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Swing by the Mansfield HPB to save an extra 20% off all vinyl in store! Plus, for each $10 you spend on LPs, you’ll be entered to win a USB Turntable. Discount at this location only. See store for details. 

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 April 1!

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.

Four Corners — Arlington, TX – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Four Corners HPB in South Arlington for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3pm every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

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. April 2 and 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. Join us for “Penny and Pup” by Linda Jennings on April 4; “Bye-Bye, Crib” by Alison McGhee on April 11; “Night of the Veggie Monster” by George McClements on April 18; and “Wiggens Learns His Manners” by Leslie McGuirk and Alex Von Bidder on April 25. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

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 April 8!

San Marcos, TX – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to our San Marcos HPB for Storytime Saturdays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and a special activity with us each Saturday at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

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 April 21!

Parmer Crossing – Austin, Texas – Join us each Saturday, in April for a special storytime and craft hour.  Here’s the schedule of books:

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

Happy reading!

-Emily

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

What’s happening at your local HPB? January Events Round-Up

Hi gang –

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!  Have you thought about the New Year’s resolutions you’re going to make?  If you haven’t, perhaps you should consider spending more time at your favorite bookstore, Half Price Books.

Check out some of the fun things you can do at some of our locations this month.

Huebner Road – San Antonio

Storytime Sunday
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to the Huebner Road HPB 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.

Beavercreek, OH; Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati; Hamilton, OH, Mason, OH, Northgate – Cincinnati and Florence, KY

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for an LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Friday, January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.  All LPs discounted each Friday night at Beavercreek, Kenwood Galleria, Hamilton, Mason and Northgate locations in Ohio and Florence in Kentucky the last Friday of every month until further notice.

Frisco, TX

Storytime Sundays with Jennifer Campbell
Looking for a diversion for the kids? Stop by the Frisco HPB at 1 p.m. each Sunday during January for a special storytime hour with Jennifer Campbell and her puppet, Princess Penelope the Dragon. You may have met Penelope before at the Frisco Public Library and now she’s making new friends at Half Price Books. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 10.

Courtesy of the Fairfield Echo Mason, OH; Kenwood Galleria- Cincinnati; 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, Jan. 1, 2-3 p.m., George, the Labrador Retriever, Kenwood Galleria
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, 3-4 p.m., Bella the Pug, Mason
  • Saturday, Jan. 21, 3-4 p.m., Nico the Great Pyrenees, Florence
  • Sunday, Feb. 5, 2-3 p.m., Lexi the Collie-Lab, Kenwood Galleria

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

 – Emily