About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Monday, June 30, 2014

No Ordinary Sunday Drive

the Bookstore
330 Main Street
Frankfort, MI 49645

Yes, Michigan, there is a summer. Finally! So on a glorious Sunday in June, I decided to take a drive. Now before your mind conjures up a stereotypical picture of a little old lady librarian out for a pokey, rubbernecking Sunday drive, let me just say that this was no ordinary Sunday drive. This was a drive on a gorgeous, sunny Michigan day. This was a drive unmatched for scenic beauty. This was a drive along the picturesque Michigan Highway 22. This famed stretch of roadway meanders along the northern Lake Michigan coastline through the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, recently voted the Most Beautiful Place in America. If you're new to my blog, you may want to read my earlier posts about this spectacular part of the country and some of its bookstores.

I took the opportunity to stop at one of the scenic overlooks along the route to oooh and ahhh and take a few pictures. In addition to the unparalleled beauty to be seen along M-22, Sunday drivers will also encounter several charming, small tourist towns. One such town is Frankfort, just south of Sleeping Bear. This lovely town is practically surrounded by lakes, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan to the west, Betsie Lake to the south, and just a few miles away from the Caribbean blue waters of Crystal Lake to the north and east. You may have guessed by now that on this day, there was more to my Sunday drive than just scenery, and you would be right. Frankfort is home to an endearing little bookstore called simply the Bookstore.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Update, Storybook Village

Last fall I enjoyed a visit to this wonderfully creative bookstore/imagination place. If you didn't see my post about it, you owe it to yourself to check it out, (click here) especially if you are ever near the town of Pentwater. Storybook Village is back in full operation for the summer, and according to Barbara Sims, there are even more activities than ever. Since my visit, she says that people have been discovering the special activities in Starlight Theatre: classroom visits, birthday parties, baby showers, and even a tea party for the Council on the Aging in Oceana County! The store has even partnered with Michigan Great Start to be the host for Family Play Groups every Thursday morning throughout the school year, for children birth to five, so these families can enjoy some special time with their children and learn some great ways to engage them in story and creative play.

 Here are some ongoing daily activities and upcoming special events:

 Ongoing Activities this Summer:
-Open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
-Special Puppet/Story Time and Clay Craft activities for children three times a day. Children become the stars of the puppet shows, and they make a clay craft afterward which can be baked at home for more storytelling adventures! The shows are: Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
-Older children, 7 and up, will enjoy the “Imagination & Improv” Workshop Theatre with Lori Cargill, on Tuesday and Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., June 24 through August 29. In this wonderful workshop, children will utilize props to develop new theatre and perform their masterpiece for friends and family in Starlight Theatre!
-Pilates Class – every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Upcoming Special Artist and Author Visits:
-June 27, 3-5 p.m.: A Visit/Book signing from Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
-July 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: A Visit/Book signing from Carl Sams and Jean Stoick, authors of Stranger in the Woods. They will be presenting their newest book: I am Africa and will be talking about their exciting journey to Africa where they took over 40,000 photos for the book.
-July 11, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Gisbert von Frankenheusen and Robbyn Smith, authors of the Michigan Legend Books, will be on hand to sign books and give children drawing lessons.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Happenstance

The Bookshelf
438 E. Edgewood Blvd.
Suite B108
Lansing, MI 48911

Thursday, June 5, 2014, the night before the theatrical release of The Fault In Our Stars. As you know by now, I have been eagerly anticipating this event. (See previous post.) I was on my way to my son's place in Lansing. As a birthday gift for me, we were driving to one of the select theaters in the country hosting "The Night Before Our Stars," a pre-release of the film followed by a live-stream event featuring author, John Green, as well as the movie's director, producer, and three of its stars. An early viewing of the movie adaptation of a book I love plus a live feed of key people from the movie and an evening with my wonderful son--it doesn't get any better than that. Oh wait! It did actually get better than that. What could make it even better? If you guessed something to do with a bookstore, you would be correct. Allow me to explain.