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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.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Let me just say right off the bat that this is not a shameless commercial promotion for Kellogg's cereals. Yes, I am a cereal lover; and yes, I do buy Kellogg's cereals from time to time. But that's not what this is about. More of an "atta boy!" That's what this is about. Kudos to Kellogg's and Scholastic Books for creating a program that puts free books in the hands of young readers. How could any self-respecting school librarian turn that offer down.

I just went online and ordered my first free book. After it arrives in my mail in about 8 weeks, I will head to my old school and donate it to an English teacher friend who is always in need of more books for her classroom library. I also had the option to donate the book directly to a school.

The promotion information on the back of the box rightly points out what every librarian already knows: Reading can boost self-confidence and improves a child's ability to think creatively and critically. Librarians also know that reading can improve vocabulary and writing skills along with a host of other benefits. Good readers are better students.

Free books? Count me in on this deal. Hats off to Kellogg's and Scholastic. If you are interested in this deal, look for specially-marked boxes of Kellogg's cereal, and check out the Fuel for School promotion at www.freebookoffer.com.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Score One For The Little Guy

Round Lake Bookstore
216 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

What do you do when you've just opened a small independent bookstore in a charming Lake Michigan tourist town and one month later the Book World chain opens a store just down the street? Well, if you're the owners, Dianne and Bill Dupont, you carry on and do everything you can to make your store a success. Six years later it would appear that they have done just that. Round Lake Bookstore in Charlevoix, Michigan, by my observation is thriving.