Waldo has missed Oxford since his celebration last year
and has decided to return this year to visit us once again. The famous
fellow in striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 26 stores on
the Square all through the month of July. From Amelia's to Amy Head Cosmetics, from Nest Paper Studio to Olive Juice Gifts, Waldo figures
are showing up July 1-31. You can also find Waldo's dog Woof sniffing around Square Books, Jr. everyday. Those who spot them
can win prizes, including buttons, books, and coupons.
We are thrilled to participate in the 95th celebration of Children’s Book Week this year (May 12th-18th).
Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running
national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative
events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes --
wherever young readers and books connect!
Children's Book Week is a truly national celebration, with events taking place from coast to coast.
Square Books Jr. will participate by hosting:
Sarah Frances Hardy, with her new book Paint Me May 10 at 10 a.m.
Laurie Fisher with Where Do the Go on Game Day? May 14 at 10 a.m. Indie's First Storytime with Curious George and Ace Atkins May 17 at 10 a.m.
Live mannequin readings in the Square Books Jr. window all day Saturday May 17. Volunteer mannequins can sign up in the store for twenty minute shifts.
Lafayette Elementary students dress as crayons as they parade outside the school. Lafayette Elementary and Bramlett Elementary students are reading Drew Daywalt's book "The Day the Crayons Quit." Daywalt will make an appearance at Oxford Conference for the Book, March 26-28.
25 Days of Grinchmas will spread good deeds throughout the community, building a sense of togetherness and holiday spirit while supporting local retail shops during the holiday season.
Stop by Square Books, Jr. from November 16 through December 14 to pick up a Grinchmas bingo card. Mark off good deeds done at home, in the community, and at 1 of 28 participating stores around the Square. After you've bingoed, take the card back to Square Books, Jr. and you will receive a "grow your heart three sizes button."
Another way to do good deeds is to purchase a book at 20% discount for Leapfrog and place a heart ornament on the Grinchmas tree. We will have a special storytime on Saturday, December 14th to celebrate all the good deeds done and the Grinch himself will be in attendance.
Hooray for Alice, the grand prize winner of the complete box set of Waldo books.
The month of Find Waldo in Oxford! ended with a bang at the grand prize drawing party last week.
Believe it or not, there were approximately 200 names in the grand prize drawing! The prizes included Waldo tote bags, Waldo postcard books, a Waldo poster book and the ultimate supreme grand prize of the complete box set of Waldo books. Also included were donated items such as t-shirts from Square Books, Jr., Cat Daddy's and Something Southern, gift certificates and candy bags from Holli's Sweet Tooth and gift cards from YaYa's.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the hunt -- locals and out-of-towners, and to The Oxford Downtown Council's participating businesses who made the event possible.