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witch week @ spiral
october 22nd – october 31st
weird books / peculiar gifts / spooky events / spiral enchantments
Celebrate the spooky vibes of October with us during WITCH WEEK! Dates and details below.
All Week : 10/22-10/31 : Witch Hunt: A mysterious in-store scavenger hunt- solve the riddles & receive 13% off your purchase.
Uncover a selection of peculiar gifts & books throughout the week in-store or on-line. Special Gift with every on-line purchase & Free Shipping with any purchase over $50.
10/22-10/23: Halloween in Manayunk: Witchy Goody Bags with $25+ purchase while supplies last, Coloring for Kids, Trick or Treating
10/26 5pm-9pm : Witch’s Night Out : Cocktails, Witch Zine Launch, Tarot Reading
10/29-10/31: Good JuJu Spell with $25+ purchase while supplies last
Happy Halloween! Join the Coven here.
Saturday, September 10th, 4pm – 7pm
Plan a trip to Tinyville Town with Brian Biggs!
Join us for a family friendly event celebrating the publication of Tinyville Town, a new preschool series published by Abrams/Appleseed.
Hello Amelia Admirers!
We wanted to share some good news and offer a huge THANK YOU for donating to Amelia’s medical fund.
In the spring, Amelia was diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder that affects cats. It creates a wide range of symptoms resulting from the overproduction of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland. A common disease for senior kitties (Amelia is a whopping 15 years old!) it can be maintained by a special diet and medication. When Amelia was diagnosed she began a special prescription diet and needed several blood tests to determine if her treatment was working. That was when we asked for your help.
You gave generously and raised enough money to cover food for the past four months as well as for one appointment and blood test. We are so touched by your love and concern for our little Amelia. She brightens our days and we know what a cuddle of comfort she is to everyone who walks in the door.
Amelia just had a follow up appointment and she had great results! The blood test deemed that the prescription food was doing its job and her system has stabilized. This is a life-long disease, so we will maintain her health through regular blood tests and through her special diet.
Thank you again for your beautiful generosity. We always tell people we have the best customers and friends, and once again – it’s pretty obvious that we do. Come give Amelia a snuggle and a “job well done.”
Love, Amelia’s dedicated minions.
Maybe you have noticed some talk about zines in the store and on our social media pages. If you’re not familiar with zines, prepare to have you mind blown because they are awesome.
Zines are independently written and produced pamphlets made by anyone about anything. Zines are most closely associated with the punk rock community, but historically lots of sci-fi fans have made zines about the books, tv shows, and movies they loved. And maybe you’ve heard of an obscure little piece of literature called Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Zines are most commonly made by cutting and pasting your work (art, fiction, poetry, essays, basically anything) into a master copy and then reproducing them on a photocopier. This is commonly called cut ‘n paste and because of the DIYness and the limitless possibilities, it is as much fun as you can have playing with office and school supplies.
Philadelphia has a huge zine community! There’s Philly Zine Fest once per year, the Secret Admirer, and tons of cool zinesters who make and distribute their work at a local and national level.
Predictably, since we love authors and artists and believe in supporting our community in any way possible, we’re really excited about making our store a hub for zines in Philadelphia. We’ll be having a monthly zine making party on the last Thursday of every month as part of Manayunk’s Stroll the Streets celebration. (We’ll be donating a portion of our sales on Thursdays to support a local literacy organization, and there are tons of cool food trucks, sidewalk sales, and discounts of food and booze. Definitely worth a trip!)
Additionally, we’ll be hosting our first ever zine reading on Saturday, August 6th from 7-9PM, with readings from local voices and an opportunity to share work from your own zines afterward.
And THEN, if you’re reading to start putting your work out there but don’t know where to start, we’ll have a zine making tutorial for beginners on Sunday August 7th, from noon until 2 PM.
We’ll see you there, right?
A Philadelphia Story!
Book Signing with Lori LitchMan
Thurs, Aug 11th 6pm – 730Pm
How well do you know Philadelphia? Find out more about our nation’s first city from Lori Litchman, author of “A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love”.
Lori Litchman is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She grew up near coal country in the Pocono Mountains before making Philadelphia her home. She writes about Philadelphia, nature and the environment, law, and social and urban issues. When she’s not writing, she is usually teaching English to non-native speakers.
Lori received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her personal essays have been published in Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and the online literary magazine, The Fiddleback.
She has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. While there, she won first place in a statewide writing competition for her article hashing out the details of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. She has also published a variety of science and environmental pieces. Her work has appeared in national and local print and online publications.
Books and Broads is a feminist book club that will focus on intersectional identities in fiction. We prioritize the writing of women of color, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and women with disabilities. We welcome feminists of all gender identities to our reindeer games and believe that talking about our perspectives and experiences around a story helps us to understand it, ourselves, and one another better. Club members get 10% off their order of the book and 15% off by ordering three month’s worth of books in advance. Books and Broads will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. You can join our facebook group here.
July: Dietland by Sarai Walker (Facebook RSVP)
August: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
September: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
October: Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
November: Southland by Nina Revoyr
December: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Thursdays 12pm-8pm + June 9th – Sept 1st
Every Thursday in the summer (June 2nd to Sept 1) Main Street Manayunk will be alive with music, food trucks, artists, and other wonderful fanfare. The Spiral Bookcase is happy to use this weekly event as a chance for us to open our shop to you & fundraise for a local literacy organization.
Please join us – swing by the shop, purchase a coloring book, relax, color, and enjoy the company of our bookish community. BYOB. When we get together, The Spiral Bookcase gives back. 10% of all Thursday Sales (6/9-9/1) and 10% of all coloring book sales will be going to two indispensable Philadelphia literacy organizations.
For the first half of the summer we will be raising funds for the Children’s Literary Intiative. Founded in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to improve instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI envisions a nation where every child has the power of literacy and the opportunity for a lifetime of success.
CLI partners with community organizations, educators and district leaders to provide teachers and principals with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction, and stocks classrooms with collections of high-quality children’s literature. By focusing on educators’ professional skills that improve over time, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.
Last school year, CLI worked in 190 schools nationwide – in Chicago, Denver, Passaic, N. J., and Philadelphia, for example – to train and coach more than 1,600 educators and improve the reading achievement of more than 40,000 pre-k- 3rd grade students. In the Philadelphia region alone, CLI is working in over 90 schools (public, private and parochial) during the 2016-2017 school year, while also providing 22 pre-kindergarten and early childhood education centers with professional development and CLI’s Blueprint for Early Literacy pre-kindergarten curriculum. For more information, visit www.cli.org.
Book launch party with april reigart!
thursday, june 16th + 630pm – 830pm
Ever find yourself feeling stressed about making dinner? You want the kids to enjoy it, but you want it to be healthy, too? Sick of feeling like a slave to the fast food industry? There’s a book for you!
Join us and check out Holistic Health Coach, April Reigart’s, NEW BOOK—Dinner Rush: A Busy Parent’s Guide to Better Nutrition (with recipes)—which helps busy families get clear on good nutrition, and offers up some quick and easy recipes, too!
Chat with the author, check out the book, meet like-minded parents, enter to win a free dietary consultation…!!! RSVP HERE.
See you there!