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We will be closing the book store one hour early today.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

"Do I Have to Go to School?" by Maria Perez-Brown

The start of a new school year means lots of adjustments for children AND parents. In her book about transitioning from home to school, Maria Perez-Brown presents a character who finally feels reassured about saying goodbye each day at the classroom door with confidence. Hear Maria share her book "Zuri Pi Wonders Why: Do I Have to Go To School?" during morning story hour at Bank Street Book Store on Sunday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for family fun.

The Write Stuff

Thanks to two special guests, it was a wonderful weekend at Bank Street Book Store. On Saturday, October 3, author, gentleman farmer, and canine connoisseur Victor Joseph read his book "Danes Are Great! Follow the Adventures of Brando and Kruger into the City" to other dog lovers during morning story hour. On Sunday, October 4, author/artist Ida Pearle shared "The Moon Is Going to Addy's House" and showed original art collages she created to illustrate the pages of her book. Both guests were generous with their time and talent, and it was a pleasure introducing them to our awesome audiences.

Success in School

Meeting with favorable outcomes in school is a goal author/educator Todd Feltman sets for elementary and middle school students in his book "Student-Friendly Handbook to Navigating Success." Todd shared some of his strategies at Bank Street Book Store on Wednesday, September 30, explaining that the objective is to help students "own" their educational responsibilities. Copies of Todd's book, filled with worksheets, tips, techniques, and timelines are available by calling (212) 678-1654 or visiting www.bankstreetbooks.com.

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Neighbors and Friends

When Bank Street Book Store learned about Camp Rhythmo, a new program for kids in the community, we knew we had met friends in kind. The Camp Rhythmo goal is to inspire young people to find self-confidence, health, and creativity through music, creative arts, and literacy. Co-directors Michael Bodnyk and Ciaran Grant reached out to introduce themselves to the book store recently and we found we were able to pass along reading materials and toys to help them reach the goals they have set. Below, Ciaran and Michael load books for the Camp Rhythmo location on Broadway between 104th and 105th Streets. For more information, visit www.camprhythmo.org.

Banned Books Week at Bank Street Book Store

Don't pass by Bank Street Book Store's front window this week without noticing the titles on display that have "earned" banned-book status through the years. Though perhaps controversial in various ways, these books deserve to be read for deep understanding, reflection, and shared conversations. And what a conversation we had on September 29 when Kevin Pyle and Scott Cunningham, authors of "Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun," appeared at Bank Street Book Store. Their slide show encouraged audience members to consider what is banned in literature -- and why. Below, Kevin and a young listener are captivated by an image that documents what the authors call "the campaign against fun."

Musical Fun

CC and Mallory, our resident rock stars for the toddler set, performed Tuesday, September 29 at Bank Street Book Store for an overflow crowd of music and book lovers. Their next appearances are Tuesday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 27 -- both concerts at 10:30 a.m. These events are free of charge, but reservations must be made by calling the book store at (212) 678-1654 the day before each event.

Story Hour Warm-Up

Young readers heard "Red Car, Red Bus" by Susan Steggall before daily morning story time on Monday at Bank Street Book Store. "Never too many books!" they seemed to say.

Fran's Fans

Young readers and their families who attended Bank Street Book Store's morning story hour on Saturday, September 26 had a special treat when author Fran Manushkin read her new book "Happy in Our Skin." Fran even took the time to sign copies of her book, a lovely ode to what makes us unique -- and holds us together.


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