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Waldo Returns to Oxford

Where's Waldo?
He's returning to Oxford.

Waldo has missed Oxford since his 25th birthday 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 25 stores on the Square all through the month of July. From Knit1 Oxford to Belles and Beaus, from Nest Paper Studio to Endurance Athletics, Waldo figures are showing up July 1-31. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, books, and coupons. 

Waldo will make his debut at the Oxford Downtown Council's Summer Fest on Saturday, June 29th on the Square. Don't miss your chance to dunk local celebrities such as Square Books, Jr.'s Jill Moore in the dunk tank. There will also be a castle bounce, face painting, balloon artist, and free popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones.

New Grisham Released



After being falsely accused of vandalism and theft, 13-year-old Theodore Boone is happy to finally be out of the hot seat. He's once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, but then an exciting new case emerges, demanding his urgent attention.


Children's Book Week Events

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.


HELP PROMOTE LITERACY BY READING 20 MINUTES A DAY -- As part of our Children's Book Week Celebration, we will be competing in a national book display competition and we need your help! Please sign up to participate in our live mannequin display to run all Saturday, May 18th beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will sit in the display window at Square Books, Jr. for 20 minute intervals throughout the day. E-mail jill@squarebooks.com or come by the store to sign up.

This year, Square Books, Jr. is an official event host site for the 94th annual celebration of Children's Book Week. On Saturday, May 18th at 10 am, come to a special storytime and meet the infamous Bad Kitty, live and in person! Cat food will be served.

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, librarie, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!

Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

To Learn more about Children's Book Week, visit http://www.bookweekonline.com

Celebrate Screen Free Week

Turn off your laptops and Ipads and cozy up next to a reading lamp with a good book. Across the USA people are participating in Screen Free Week (April 29-May 5) by Unplugging and Reading a book, out loud or to yourself. Just read already.

Wednesday Storytime will feature a reading from Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino. Don't miss it at 10 a.m. Soem other great titles for Screen Free Week are Duck & Goose, Goose Needs A Hug by Tad Hills, Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Rashka, and Bluebird by Bob Staake.

It's All About the Book

It’s all about the book, the conference. I know for a fact we take it for granted. Every year, Square Books, Jr., along with a group of teachers, parents, and librarians select two authors for the Young Authors Fair, and each child in two respective age ranges is given a copy of the author’s book. By the time the conference rolls around the kids can actually meet the authors, ask questions, give feedback, and share the book with others. This year the 20th annual Oxford Conference for the Book Young Authors Fair brought authors Jewell Parker Rhodes and Mary Amato to Oxford and Square Books, Jr.

Jewell Parker Rhodes has been to Oxford before, and we had to have her back, because we wanted lots of kids to read Ninth Ward, not only because New Orleans is geographically close to us, but because we all experienced Hurricane Katrina in parts. Most importantly, however, we want readers to connect with Lanesha, resident child of a setting we know exists or used to exist. We want to celebrate Lanesha’s story and herald the innocence of children despite great loss and suffering. Mary Amato was graciously sent to Oxford by Egmont USA, possibly one of my favorite publishing houses. It isn’t an easy task to find a novel for the whole of ninth grade, boys and girls. While not overtly about a girl or about a boy, Guitar Notes is about the interchanges of youth, the crush and the crushed. Amato’s characters, like the different gauges of stringed instruments, experience “thrum” or an exchanged vibration or energy on the same wavelength or something. Dig it? Thrum is what the Oxford Conference for the Book is all about. The kids in Oxford get it, and we are grateful to Mary and Jewell for coming all this way to share their books with us. And ultimately there is the connection between the authors and readers and booksellers and librarians and teachers, and well, it is a domino effect… a shared literary experience in a town that’s just crazy about books and experiences. JM



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