Reading Roundup Book Fair

Hi everyone,

For those of you close enough to attend, Reading Roundup is holding a book fair at Springfield’s Barnes & Noble, at the corner of Battlefield and Glenstone, on Saturday, August 23. Here’s the program.

Saturday, August 23rd
Barnes & Noble-Springfield, MO

11 am-Cookie, Mouse & Hometown Hero storytime
11:30 am-Noon-Byron Biggers Band
Noon-1 pm-Louie, from the Springfield Cardinals.
1 pm-3 pm-Author Linda Barboa will be signing: Stars in Her Eyes.
3 pm-5 pm-Author Steven Law will be signing Sonora.

Stop by the Café and order the “Book Worm”
Vanilla Bean crème based Frappuccino with special toppings.

This will be our second book fair of this year for Reading Roundup and we’re hoping for a good turnout of people who will shop at the store that day to support us. A percent of store sales on that day through August 28 will be donated to Reading Roundup and all the money we receive goes to fund grants requested by librarians in Springfield Public Schools to meet special needs of their students. FOR YOUR PURCHASES TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST TELL THE CHASHIER THAT YOU WANT TO SUPPORT READING ROUNDUP!! THIS APPLIES TO THE SNACK BAR TOO.

Bring your young Springfield Cardinals fans to the store on the 23rd to meet the team mascot Louie. Buy books by authors Linda Barboa and Steven Law so they can sign them for you. Listen to musical renditions of poems by Byron Biggers Band, which consists of Chris Craig, Gale Clithero, and me. Here are two links to our last performance at Barnes & Noble. Thanks to SPS Foundation Director Jana Bachus for recording and posting us on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl10ZXyM8g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG8SxShyjrY

And by all means treat yourself to a Book Worm drink at the snack bar. It’s wonderful. I think I had two last time and bought one for someone else.

Please come if you can and tell others about the event. We’re working pretty hard to earn the funding!

Byron Biggers Band

Hi everyone,

Thanks (?) to Jana Bachus who, among other things, serves the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools as its Executive Director, the fabled Byron Biggers Band is now on YouTube!

During the Reading Roundup book fair at Barnes & Noble this past Saturday, Jana, who also serves as chair of Reading Roundup, took pictures of our group performing. If you think you’re strong enough, here’s the link. You’ve been warned. This is serious music!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl10ZXyM8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG8SxShyjrY

 
A reminder that the book fair extends through May 1 and a percentage of store sales during the fair goes to support Reading Roundup’s goal of funding as many as possible of the grants submitted by our public school librarians to buy needed materials for their students.

Reading Roundup Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

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Hi everyone,

We had a wonderful event yesterday. I’ll post pictures when I get them but I took this one myself after ordering the drink of the day at the snack bar. Yes, it’s called The Book Worm. What else would you expect in a book store during an event to raise money for books for libraries? I think I ordered the first one of the day, judging from the smiles of the young women who concocted the masterpiece. I ordered two more before the day was over. Yep. That good.

Dozens of families came to the store to enjoy readings by boys and girls from four Springfield elementary schools: Disney, Field, Harrison, and Pershing. Special treats included Bellatones and Brotones (acapella singing groups from Central High School) and Sequiota Singing Sensations from Sequiota Elementary.

My gratitude to Chris Craig and Gale Clithero for joining me in a thirty minute performance of Byron Biggers Band! Jana Bachus swears she recorded us on her phone and intends to put us on YouTube. If that happens, I’ll post the link.

We’re all grateful to Jim Troye and Renee Hunt for hosting us at Barnes & Noble and working so hard to make everything run smoothly. This is an event of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools so thanks go to Jana Bachus and Natalie Murdock for their perfect orchestration of the day’s events.

So a good time was had by all and I’m sure that we raised some money for Reading Roundup that will help fund requests by school librarians in our public schools.

The event lasts through May 1 so a percent of all sales in the store continue to go the benefit of Reading Roundup. You need to present a free voucher at the register but if you don’t find one, tell the person at the register that you want your purchase to count toward Reading Roundup. A couple of days ago I also showed you how you can order online from the Springfield store to help.

Reading Roundup Bookfair at B&N

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow (Saturday) we’re having a Bookfair in Springfield at Barnes & Noble. Store manager Jim Troye and community relations manager Renee Hunt are hosting the event to benefit Reading Roundup. A percentage of sales on nearly everything in the store through May 1 will help Reading Roundup fund requests from our public school librarians in the fall round of grants.

You can help by ordering online or by coming to the store. Reading Roundup vouchers should be available for the asking but be sure you mention at the register that your purchases are for the Reading Roundup Bookfair. If you come to the store, I hope you can time your visit to enjoy some of the planned entertainment.

Schedule of Events:

12:00 to 1:00- David Harrison presenting and signing and the Byron Biggers Band. The trio (Chris Craig, Gale Clithero, and David) performs David’s poems set to music with raucous and sometimes silly results.

Further entertainment will be provided by students in grades 2 through high school as follows:

1:00-1:15 Bellatones – Girls Acapella Group from Central perform

1:15-1:30 Disney and Field Elementary students reading poems from David’s works.

1:30-1:45- Brotones- Boys Acapella Group from Central perform

1:45-2:00- Harrison and Pershing Elementary students reading poems from David’s works.

2:00-2:15-Sequiota Singsations perform

Here are some helpful shopping instructions.
New To BN.COM?
1. Shop from the entire site – almost everything is eligible for our bookfair*
2. Set up a new account when you are ready to check out
3. On the very bottom of the Payment Page, check the box Check This Box If This Is a Bookfair
Order
4. Type our Bookfair ID in the space provided and continue with checkout

Signed In To Your Existing Account?
1. Shop from the entire site – almost everything is eligible for our bookfair*
2. From the Checkout page, go to the Payment Tab and click the Change button on upper-right of the tab.
This expands the full Payment Page.
3. On the very bottom of the Payment Page, check the box Check This Box If This Is a Bookfair
Order
4. Type our Bookfair ID in the space provided and continue with checkout

Reading Roundup is an event sponsored by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. Our thanks to Executive Director Jana Bachus, her staff, and the Reading Roundup committee for creating this opportunity to support our public school libraries. For additonal information, contact Jana at jgbachus@spsmail.org

Places to visit during April Poetry Month

I know that many of you enjoyed my guest yesterday, Nile Stanley. There is always something new to learn and Dr. Stanley is a good teacher. Nile, thank you.

Last year during the month of April, Tricia Stohr-Hunt wrote a series entitled Poetry Makers. Each day she posted an interview with a children’s poet. By the way, not everyone might know that our friend and frequent contributor to the Word of the Month challenge is also Dr. Patricia M. Stohr-Hunt, Chair, Education Department, University of Richmond, VA.This year Tricia is continuing with her interviews and began posting the results yesterday on her blog site, which you can find at http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/search/label/poetry%20makers . Go there if you want to enjoy an entire month of poets, poems, and interviews. Thank you, Tricia, for bringing this all together for us to enjoy.

Another busy person is Greg Pincus, as in http://gottabook.blogspot.com , http://www.thehappyaccident.net , and http://twitter.com/gregpincus
Last year Greg celebrated Poetry Month by introducing a series of 30 poets, beginning with Jack Prelutsky on April 1, ending with Pat Mora, and throwing in a few “beginners” like Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Janet Wong, Pat Lewis, Mary Ann Hoberman, and 23 other fine poets along the way. You can read about last year’s poets and enjoy their work at: http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2009/03/announcing-30-poets30-days.html

This year Greg is back featuring another lineup of 30 poets. He says that his goal is to create an event that gets attention outside of just committed poetry fans and offers something of value (and fun!) too. The fun began April 1 with Alice Schertle and continued on April 2 with Joseph Bruchac. As Greg says, “I hope you’ll join in the celebration.”

This just in from Ralph and Lisa in England:
Hi David,
A quick note to tell you that the response to the launch of smories.com has been nothing short of overwhelming, and we have had fantastic submissions from across the globe. We want to thank you for helping us spread the word – which of course we appreciate.

We will be announcing the 50 shortlisted stories for the March competition on the 5th of April. On the 1st of May, films of these stories will go live on the website.The April competition is now open until the end of the month. The format is slightly different this time:We will have 5 prizes:

First Prize: US$500
Second Prize: US$400
Third Prize: US$300
Fourth Prize: US$200
Fifth Prize: US$100

Stories will be restricted to 750 words.

Please take a look at the site for further info.

As ever, we welcome your feedback.

Best wishes,

– Ralph & Lisa
http://www.smories.com/
More Stories at Smories

Mark your calendars for one week from today, April 10, when Beth Carter will be signing books from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Borders in Springfield, Missouri. I asked Beth about the book and this is what she told me.

The book is a compilation of 1,000 six-word memoirs and is entitled IT ALL CHANGED IN AN INSTANT, memoirs from authors famous and obscure. It’s sold on Amazon.com and will be at Borders and Barnes & Noble soon.The book was edited by Smith and is published by Harper. It includes memoirs from famous authors like the late Frank McCourt, Amy Tan and James Frey, as well as memoirs from Pulitzer Prize winners and several celebrities like Marlee Matlin, The Fonz, Ann Coulter, and many others). I attended the last leg of the tour in NYC a few weeks ago and got to read onstage. Quite exciting.Smith received over 200,000 submissions worldwide so I’m quite honored to have been selected. In fact, I’m the only one with two memoirs in the book, according to the editors, and one of mine is on page one!P.S. Another person in this book is celebrity Bob Barker. Contains memoirs from Dave Barry, and many celebs like Marlo Thomas, Neil Patrick Harris, Marlee Matlin, Molly Ringwald, Dr. Oz, Kenny G, Melissa Ethridge and many more.Congratulations, Beth. I hope your fingers get cramped signing on April 10!

David