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Loop Day

Loop Day is Saturday, September 3rd from 2-5 pm at Square Books Jr. There will be light refreshments, prizes, and a free photo booth. We'll be selling Ransom Rigg's new book, Tales of the Peculiar, a companion to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

 

 

Bother and drat. Loop Day is nearly upon us and I’ve only just begun to prepare for our celebration! My name is Horace Somnusson, and as usual I’m in charge of decorating; it’s a widely-acknowledged fact that I’m the only one of Miss Peregrine’s wards with any sense of style. Well, I suppose that’s not entirely fair – Millard has a little style, when he bothers to wear clothes at all – but compared to me his sartorial acumen is like a pebble lost in the shadow of a mountain.

I could go on (Bronwyn: shall I compare thee to a brick draped in burlap?) but as I said, I’m short on time and long on festive decorations to curate. And despite my many important responsibilities (and rather against my will), I’ve been nominated to educate you all about the ins and outs of Loop Day. Some of you, I’m told – even people who have never lived in a time loop – may want to celebrate along with us this year. Why, I can’t imagine. But can I stop you? No, I cannot. So read on.

Some background for the uninitiated: until recently, my friends and I lived in a time loop on a small island where every day was just the same: sunny, balmy, a little rain-shower in the late morning. The date was September the third. And because every day was that date, and none of us in Miss Peregrine’s house were born on that date, it was never anyone’s birthday. Nor was it ever a holiday. (If Miss Peregrine had looped Easter, at least we would’ve been eating chocolate eggs every day. But September third in Great Britain is not a particularly special day.) So to make up for all the holidays and birthdays we were missing, we made up our own special day, in which we celebrated them all at once in the biggest and best and most peculiar holiday in the world. We call it Loop Day, and observe it on the one day of the year when the calendar date outside our loop coincides with the one inside our loop. (Inside our former loop, that is. I still can’t believe it’s gone.) Even though we no longer live there, we celebrated Loop Day for more than seventy years, and it’s become something of a tradition.

So how does one celebrate Loop Day? I’ll tell you. First, you should really make an effort to dress well for the occasion. (I’m of the mind that you should dress well for every occasion, but I will admit some days are more befitting of formalwear than others.) This means shine your shoes. Iron your shirt. Men: wear a tie. (A clip-on, if you absolutely must.) Also: in observance of the rare coincidence of inside- and outside-loop calendar dates (it’s September third everywhere!), wear a timepiece. On your wrist will do, but on your clothes or around your neck is preferable. I like to attach a watch to the button-holes of my jacket with a length of silk ribbon.

As for decorations, we assemble them from the traditional decorations of holidays the year round: you may have a Christmas tree, a flag for your country’s independence day, a silly hat in observance of International Silly Hat Day (January fifth, of course), and on and on – the choice is yours. The more holiday decorations you can cram in, the better, I say.

No holiday would be complete without a gift exchange of some kind. Because we lived on a remote island and had no access to stores, we would exchange things that we had either made or found, not bought (or boughtrecently, anyway), and I encourage you to do the same. Resourcefulness is key!

Let them eat cake! A large, square sheet cake is best, because you’re going to need the room: add up the ages of everyone in attendance, and do your level best to decorate the cake with that many candles. (If you’ve invited all your grandparents and you simply can’t do it, cluster three candles together to signify a decade.) Light the candles — making sure to keep the sweet conflagration well away from the drapes or anything else flammable — sing “Happy Birthday to Everyone,” and blow the candles out. Then: eat the cake. The best-dressed attendee gets an extra slice. If any cake is left over, it must be frozen for one year and consumed on the following Loop Day.

Now, the most fun part of the celebration, in my humble opinion, are the games. Yes, games! All we peculiars, having come of age in an era before the advent of video-based entertainments, learned to amuse ourselves in other ways. Parlor games were extremely popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, and they are a much more social way to spend time as a group than simply crowding around a screen to watch something in dumbstruck silence, like a lot of hypnotized donkeys. Here are our favorite Loop Day games (most adapted from traditional parlor games):

 

Jacob’s Game

Hang a sheet across the room, put a single candle on a table behind it, and turn out the lights. One person sits in front of the sheet while everyone else passes between the sheet and the candle, and the person in front has to guess who each of them is. The shadows can disguise themselves any way they want to, but if they are correctly identified they have are “out.”

 

Bronwyn’s Knot-Fun Game

Everyone stands in a circle. Each player holds hands with another player, but the hands may not be those of the person next to them, and they may not hold both hands with the same person. This creates a large human knot. The group now has to work out how to untangle the knot without anyone letting go of any hands. This involves twisting and contorting and should end in one or two circles of people. Best played with about 8 or ten players.

 

Howl Hollow Howl

A player is selected to be the “ymbryne.” She or he is blindfolded, then sits on a pillow or large cushion on the floor. The other players are called “hollows" and sit in a circle around him/her. The ymbryne is then spun around two or three times. Taking the pillow, he/she then goes over to one of the players and puts it on their lap. The ymbryne sits on the pillow without touching the hollow with his or her hands (to maintain the anonymity of the hollow). As the ymbryne sits down, squashing the hollow, the ymbryne says “Howl hollow howl!" and the hollow beneath him makes awful howling noises. If the ymbryne identifies the hollow from the squeak, that player becomes ymbryne; otherwise the ymbryne returns to the centre and is spun around again, and the hollows can take the opportunity to swap places.

 

Find the Wight

In each round of play, one player is secretly assigned the role of "wight", perhaps by handing every player a playing card with a particular card signifying that the recipient is the wight. The wight has the ability to "kill" other players by making eye contact and winking at them. If a player is winked at, they must count silently to five before feigning sudden death, and either lying on the floor where they died, or silently leaving the playing area.

If a player suspects they know the identity of the wight, they may raise their hand and announce "I accuse", without naming their suspect. At this point, the game pauses and the accuser asks for somebody to second their accusation, again with neither naming a suspect. When they have a seconder, both of these players simultaneously point to their suspect; if they are both pointing to a player who admits to being the wight, the game ends. Otherwise (if they are pointing to different players, or to an innocent player) the accusers are both eliminated as if they had been murdered. Players are forbidden from communicating their thoughts on who the wight might be, and players who are not the wight are not allowed to wink. The objective of the wight is to murder as many peculiars as possible without being caught.

 

Now, this game is of more recent vintage, but as we peculiars are a bookish crowd, we’ve adopted it with zeal:

 

Carnelli

Carnelli is a parlor game created by Jan Carnell, a member of the Washington chapter of Mensa. It can be called a "title association" game, like "word association" only using titles, such as those of a bookplaymovie, or song.

It is played by a group of people who arrange themselves in a circle, with the nonplaying judge (or "Carnelli Master") standing in the center of the circle.

The Carnelli Master starts the game by pointing to one of the players and saying a title. The pointed-to player must continue the game by saying a title himself, which must connect to the previous title in some way, such as having a word in common (The Time Machine and Time Enough for Love), having a common creator (an author as with Hamlet and Macbeth or producer or director), or other linkages of a similar nature — different groups of Carnelli players can vary in exactly what kinds of links are permissible. A notable regional variation is that in some gatherings, a common actor is usually not an acceptable linkage; a link must be by the creator of the work, setting this game apart from many other association games and making it more challenging. A common rule is to allow pun linkages as long as they draw sufficient groans from the other people present — the link from Tequila Sunrise toTo Kill a Mockingbird (pronounced "Tequila Mockingbird" for effect) is a popular one.

Play proceeds around the circle, with each player naming a title that connects to the last one said. If a player is unable to come up with any title within the allotted time (kept by the Carnelli Master; generally, the time limit reduces as the game proceeds) he or she is eliminated and must move outside the circle. If a player names a nonexistent or incorrect title, a title that does not legitimately connect with the preceding one, or a title that has already been used in the current game, another player may challenge it, and such challenges are ruled upon by the Carnelli Master, whose judgments are said to be "arbitrary, capricious, and final". If the challenge is upheld, the challenged player is eliminated, but if the challenge is rejected, the challenger is instead eliminated. The winner is the last player remaining after all other players have been eliminated.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 2:00pm
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111 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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Rachel Hawkins with JOURNEY'S END

About the Author


Rachel Hawkins is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. Rachel taught high school English for 3 years before becoming a full-time writer.

Event date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 3:00pm
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111 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

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'Where's Waldo' Grand Prize Party

The culmination of the annual Where's Waldo hide-and-seek game is here again. Throughout the month of July, shop local and help find Waldo on the square. On Saturday, July 30th, Square Books, Jr. will host a grand-prize party for contestants. Square Books, Jr. will have a tent set up on the courthouse lawn. This will be a part of the Oxford Square Alliance's Summer Fest which will be taking place on the Square from 9am-2pm. Waldo and Wenda will be visiting us and don't forget our Harry Potter release party that same night at 10pm.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Courthouse Lawn
Oxford, MS
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780763634988
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2007

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By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763635008
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2007

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By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763634995
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2007

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By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763645250
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

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Harry Potter Magical Midnight Release Party

Join us at 10 p.m. Saturday July 30th at Off Square Books for the release of the new Harry Potter book:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character, there will be games, prizes, activitites, as well as Hogwarts-themed refreshements. Contact Square Books Jr. to reserve your copy now, the book will be distributed at midnight, July 31st.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00pm
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129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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Kate DiCamillo with RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE - @ The Powerhouse

 

About the Author


Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Description


Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship. 
Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

 

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Event date: 
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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413 S 14th St
Oxford, MS 38655
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

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Special Storytime with FROGGY GOES TO THE LIBRARY

About the Author


Jonathan London has written more than one hundred picture books for children, many of them about wildlife. He has sold more than 1.5 million books and is known in particular for his Froggy series. He lives with his wife in northern California. www.jonathan-london.net

Frank Remkiewicz illustrated the MathStart Books Rabbit's Pajama Party and Just Enough Carrots. He lives in Sarasota, FL. In His Own Words...

"I was the kind of kid who was always reading or drawing. Since I was drawing well before I started school, I always considered art to have seniority over the likes of long division and medieval history. This attitude got me into difficulties more than once. My favorite subjects were horses, cartoons, wildlife, and contraptions that rolled, floated, tooted, or flew. My heroes of the day were illustrators like Bill Peet, Robert Lawson, and Kurt Weiss. They provided me with a screenful of imagery that I'll never forget.

"Winter in kindergarten found us all painting Santas at our tables. Mine came out so good that I was asked to do it over again on a huge piece of brown paper that covered the chalkboard. Santa would be bigger than me. I was excused from the regular stuff, given larger brushes, more paint-and sure enough, here came Santa. This was only the beginning. Other teachers, seeing the mural-sized figure, 'borrowed' me to do the same for first- and second-grade classrooms. Flattered but somewhat embarrassed, I took heart, since these gigs were getting me out of a lot of tedious activities like nap time, scissors, yarn, and flash cards. 'All I ever needed to know, I learned in kindergarten' may be true. Twenty years later I found myself on Madison Avenue at Norcross Greeting Cards-yes, drawing Santa Claus.

"I've always been drawn to the field of humor. Since I'm writing and illustrating my own stories now, I try to make them funny in an outrageous or off-the-wall way. During classroom presentations, I again find myself by the chalkboard in front of the kids. Now we are seeking ways to write and draw those ideas that squeeze their way through the everyday chores of our minds. It's a thrill to watch my own book being read by a group of children, and I like it when they smile. But I love it when they laugh."

Event date: 
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am
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111 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
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By Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

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Laurie Keller with THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA in partnership with The Oxford Conference for the Book

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A wacky cross-country adventure starring the fifty states

""Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U. S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise."

"All the states, that is, except for Kansas.""

At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

Packed with madcap humor and whimsical illustrations, this quirky story-starring all fifty states-is chock-full of introductory facts and silly antics that will make learning geography as much fun as taking a vacation.

About the Author


Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of "Do Unto Otters", "Arnie, the Doughnut", "The Scrambled States of America", and "Open Wide: Tooth School Inside", among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Praise For…


"Charming."--The New York Times "It's hard to imagine a more engaging (or comical) way to learn the 50 states and their locations than in this auspicious debut from Keller."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Will elicit laughs from all those who thought geography was boring."--Kirkus Reviews "A wacky and absolutely painless look at geography."--School Library Journal

Event date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
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Square Books, Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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Published: Square Fish - April 2002

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Holly Goldberg Sloan with COUNTING BY 7'S in Partnership with The Oxford Conference for the Book

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In the tradition of "Out of My Mind," "Wonder, "and "Mockingbird, " this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. 
Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is "not" a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.


* Willow's story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers' hearts long after the last page. School Library Journalstarred review 
* A graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet but never cloying lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss. Bookliststarred review 
* What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a person of color; Mai and Quang-ha are of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican ancestry), and its tone. . . . Poignant. The Horn Bookstarred review 
"In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that's a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory."Counting by 7s"is a triumph." Maria Semple, author of"Where d You Go, Bernadette.

About the Author


Holly Goldberg Sloan, the acclaimed author of I'll Be There, has worked as an advertising copywriter and a writer and director of feature films. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Praise For…


Praise for Counting by 7s:

* “A graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet—but never cloying—lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss.”—Booklist starred review
 
* “What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a “person of color”; Mai and Quang-ha are of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican ancestry), and its tone. . . . Poignant.”—The Horn Book starred review
 
* “Willow's story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers' hearts long after the last page.”— School Library Journal starred review
 
“In a beautifully written story, Sloane weaves a tale of unexpected family and belonging that will change anyone's opinion of what it means to be a part of something.” —Children's Literature

Accolades for Holly Goldberg Sloan:
  Best Books for Young Adults Three starred reviews (Horn Book, SLJ, VOYA) Children's Literature Council of Southern California Award for best YA Fiction Los Angeles Library Best Book For Teens
Milwaukee County Teen Book Finalist
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Field Family Teen Author Pick (Free Public Library Philadelphia)
South Dakota Young Adult Reading Program Masterlist
-Horn Book, School Library Journal, VOYA

Event date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Square Books, Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

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