Family Event

Fun and educational events for the whole family

Join Us at Bank Street Book Store for Indies First

Event date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

A wonderful annual tradition returns Saturday, November 25 when Indies First takes place at Bank Street Book Store with special books and guests throughout the day. This literacy event celebrates authors, illustrators, readers, and publishers by focusing attention on independent booksellers. The date coincides with Small Business Saturday, a retail shopping date supporting local neighborhood businesses starting November 25 and continuing throughout the entire holiday shopping season.

At 10:30 a.m. storyteller/musician Esther Crow kicks off the day with some lively tod rock for families with young children. At 11:00 a.m. author Dan Gutman ("My Weird School" books, "Flashback Four" books, and "Baseball Card Adventure" books) reads -- and perhaps raps -- some of his favorite bestselling titles. At 11:30 a.m. meet author Chris Grabenstein ("Mr. Lemoncello's Library" books and "Welcome to Wonderland" books) and hear him present some of his most popular (and hilarious) titles. At 1:00 p.m. author Renée Watson shares her most recent titles for older readers, including "Piecing Me Together," a highly lauded book for kids from 11 to 17 years old.

For more information about Indies First through the words of author and spokesperson Jason Reynolds, visit

Future Hits Band Combines Music and Education

Event date: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Matt Baron's Windy City-based band Future Hits specializes in creating family-friendly concerts for young rockers. Hear Matt perform at Bank Street Book Store on Saturday, December 16 during the 10:30 a.m. story time and experience how he encourages all kinds of learning through the power of words and music. Kids sing and move along with Matt's songs, then have fun exploring his book "Songs for Learning Playbook." This special weekend event promises to make you and all of your family members glad to get up and dance early on Saturday morning. The event is free of charge and full of fun so we hope to see you at 2780 Broadway!


Judy Blumesday for Kids and Families at Symphony Space

Event date: 
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Help the reading world celebrate the 80th birthday of favorite author Judy Blume at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, on Sunday, February 4. Judy's books will be admired, discussed, and performed in tribute to a groundbreaking writer who portrays contemporary young characters with honesty and humor. The two-part event (one for kids at 3:00 p.m. and one for grownups at 6:00 p.m.) includes a creative writing project, audience discussion, and toasts and tributes to a forever-young author. For ticket information, visit Bank Street Book Store is proud to be this event's official bookseller.