Cakes and Candles and Costumes -- Oh, My!

This week at Bank Street Bookstore we're counting down to Saturday, March 1, the grand opening of the new birthday party room on the store's second floor. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., enjoy refreshments, meet entertainers and performers, learn about party packages, and try on a costume or two as we introduce the newly created party space. We are happy to be your best resource for safe fun and happy learning on your child's special day.


Bank Street Bookstore Is Among the Best: Just Ask Racked!

The editors at know a thing or two about shopping so when they chose Bank Street Bookstore as one of the absolute best places in the city for children's books and toys, we were especially flattered. Take a look at the #1 pick on their list of children's stores:

Angel Author Awards Cash Grant to Bank Street Bookstore

When Bank Street Bookstore learned it had won a grant from author James Patterson, it felt like winning the lottery -- but it was better because it was an earned honor, not a random selection. Store manager Andy Laties, pictured below with some of James Patterson's novels for kids and a New York Times clipping announcing the news, was notified by Hachette, Patterson's publisher, this week.

Patterson promised $1 million of his own fortune to independent book stores, allowing them remain true to the mission of supporting literacy and literature in communities across the country. While many book stores struggle against competition from online sales and e-books, Patterson knows the importance of neighborhood booksellers -- and so do Bank Street Bookstore loyalists.

With the grant, Andy says he will be able to post and stream online videos of in-store events, a service much valued by customers who enjoy watching puppet shows and story times for young children, whether live or online.

Thank you to James Patterson, a generous writer who is truly a gentleman and a scholar!