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.

 

Fresh from Children's Institute - Books for Beginners

You may have noticed Jesse all alone in the store last week (except for a certain Summer Reading Program companion who dropped in ....). I was in New Orleans at the American Booksellers Association Children's Institute with my mom (we got a scholarship to go) and I tell you what - it was amazing.

Hundreds of booksellers and scores of authors and publishers were there. We had a crash course in finances, exciting new books, some heavy-hitting keynote speakers, an envigorating dose of networking, and all kind of ideas for events we would like to try right here in Delta County.

Keep an eye out for teacher appreciation events, story hours, game nights and author visits starting this fall. In the meantime - get your kids into the Summer Reading Program at the Escanaba Public Library! Your kids and I have so much to learn! - RB

New Shelves

We recently scooped up some of the nice wooden shelves that still remained behind from Book World and replaced the metal shelves with them. The difference is quite dramatic:
 

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We're able to hold about the same number of books, but now our patrons will have little more room to maneuver! Wherever possible, we tried to adhere to 3-foot wide aisles.

Anyhow, come check them out in person when you get a chance! And if you know anyone who might like our old metal shelves, tell them we are giving them away for free.

Madison Doppleganger

So, we were walking in downtown Madison this past weekend (thanks, Brad, for minding the store!), when we looked down a side street and saw this sign:
 

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Someone stole our store! And relocated it to Madison!

But then we investigated a little closer:
 

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Turns out, it was just a coincidentally named B&B next to the fine independent book store A Room of One's Own. We stopped in and talked with the staff, who were funny, pleasant, and knowledgeable. They gave us a few pointers that we are going to try out at the Canterbury (like having a bed and breakfast above it! Just kidding. Maybe.).

The physical space of A Room of One's Own is amazing too! It is well decorated and arranged, with a series of rooms containing different genres niched off from the main entrance hall. If you are ever in the Madison, WI area, you should totally check it out. Becky left with a compilation of Native American oral histories, and I left with the Hugo Award winner Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor.