Hear here! Audiobooks are now an option

We are delighted to have found a great way to connect our customers with inexpensive, download-friendly audiobooks.

There is a company called Libro.fm which partners with small book stores like ours to offer a wide array of audiobooks individually or with a membership subscription. You can find us there, or our friends at Snowbound Books, and a number of other bricks and mortar shops around the country. Check it out: https://libro.fm/canterbury

Perhaps you have tried Audible but do not care for the aftertaste of Amazon, or if you just want to make purchases from small businesses and local taxpayers - well, try it and let us know what you think.

(PS - If you would still prefer an audiobook on CD, we do have a small selection at the store and the Escanaba Public Library keeps plenty in stock. Easy listening!)

Neighborhood Talks - community building series

We love our community, as a business - sure, but also as a couple of human beings hoping to learn and grow alongside our friends and neighbors.

Since we took over the Canterbury Book Store we have had so many interesting and inspiring conversations, meeting everyday people with remarkable lives and interests. We feel so rich to have this social life, and would like to share it with our customers. Rebecca is reading the recent biography of Fred Rogers and moved to ask, “how can we be good neighbors?”

Starting this Wednesday we are going to open our doors after-hours and lure you in with coffee and snacks. The first discussion will be based on The Good Neighbor (available in-store, but under no obligation), and we hope to grow into a small group series based on the interests of our community. Science cafe? Reading group? Storytelling? Consider yourself invited!

Early childhood support continues at the Escanaba Public Library - plus special events in October!

Early childhood is such a precious time to spend with stories, books, and socializing. The Escanaba Public Library is a champion of this important effort, and I remember visiting several times a week when I was young. I wish I could be there now, attending these great events, so please take your kids there, for my sake...

Toddler Time is Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am, a free event (with pre-registration) for stories, songs, movement, puppets, and crafts for 2-4 year olds and their parents.

Lapsit is Fridays at 10:30 am for babies 3-23 months old, another free event (with pre-registration) with stories full of singing, rhyming, bouncing and clapping.

Saturday Story Hour will be once a month; the next story hour will be October 20 at 1:30p pm for fun stories, silly songs, special guests, and themed activities. Family Games will take that time slot on October 6th, when you can bring your own games or try something from the Library’s collection.

There are a few other special events n October focused on grown-ups, including Growing U.P. with Storyteller Pete Griffin about his life, natural history, leadership, and learning as a (former) forest ranger, and the What’s It Worth appraisal event with author and antiques expert Mark Moran on the 18th.

We stole this information right out of the local newspaper (thanks Daily Press!), but you are welcome to call us if you have any additional questions or if you would like us to hold activities like these at our store. Thanks for being with us!

Amazing Race wrap-up

The Amazing Race event, held in support of the Child Advocacy Center in Delta County (https://www.mikids.org/), wrapped up a couple hours ago, and it was amazing! Everyone, both participants and volunteers, looked like they were having a grand time, and we had a lot of fun watching people scramble around the book store looking for clue to their next destination. Hopefully we didn't cost anyone the gold medal :|

For those who were directed elsewhere at the split, here's a little example of what you missed:

 The initial clue

The initial clue

 And some of the books hidden around the store . . .

And some of the books hidden around the store . . .

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We hope to be another stop along the race next year! Major props to all the organizers and volunteers who made the event possible who do the valuable work at the Child Advocacy Center itself.

Construction Junction

Some big changes on our little 900 block of Ludington Street! Our neighboring building, which had been leaning precariously to the right and had been condemned, was torn down over the past weekend!

Now you see it:
 

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Now you don't:

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This was all the fine, delicate work of Brunette & Son, Inc. It requires a steady hand to pluck a building out from between two others, and they managed to do it with no damage to our building and only superficial damage to its other neighbor (which it was directly leaning against). Plus, the laid down some topsoil and seeded it with grass!

We don't know what the future plans for the lot are; a lot of people are throwing around the idea of a pocket park, which would be awesome! But, as far as I know, no one is taking concrete steps to make that happen. I'd also be down for another, more structural sound building there too, so who knows?

Find a field guide - then find everything else!

We hope everyone is enjoying this amazing weather! Bring along a guide for bird identification, wildflowers, mushrooms, constellations, boats and whatever else is getting you excited about the outdoors. I guarantee that learning names and patterns of the things around you can open your eyes to new joys (and new flavors!)

Try it out - RB

P.S. Cindy Bender has an eye for morels. She is a great person to know.