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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 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.

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