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Join us for a family friendly event celebrating the publication of Tinyville Town, a new preschool series published by Abrams/Appleseed.
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.
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!
AMELIA CAT DAY 2017
SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 11AM – 8PM
Our darling Amelia Cat has been with us for almost five years now and we don’t need an excuse to celebrate her warm and fuzzy existence. So, we are happy to announce our Second Annual Celebration of all things Amelia – AMELIA CAT DAY 2017, coinciding with PA’s official Independent Bookstore Day!
So much joy in just one day! Stop by to help us shower Amelia with all the adoration she deserves. Check out the details and schedule below!
11am : Treats & Coffee – to start the day off right!
11am – 8pm : special gift with each purchase (while supplies last)! ++Every purchase receives a raffle ticket for the Amelia Gift Basket* ++Spend $25 & receive a goody bag with your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card and other fun treats. ++Spend $50 and receive your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card & the exclusive Out-of-Print Bookstore Cats Button Set (see below).
1pm – 3pm : Local children’s book author and illustration Brian Biggs will be in-shop to sign copies of his latest book, Noisy Night, & sing the praises of Amelia. Also, be sure to pick up a special Amelia coloring sheets to color in-shop or take home.
11am – 8pm : Show some love! Take your photo with Amelia (perhaps using our cute photo booth props?) and tag us @spiralbookcase #ameliacatday2017 on Instagram & Facebook to show everyone that you know how to party with the best bookstore cat ever!
*Raffle : Amelia Gift Bag Buy a ticket to win two catastic books – Star Trek Cats & I Could Pee on This, Too, a Bookstore Cats Button Set, and a pair of tickets to A Quiet Passion, a biographical film about the life and work of iconic American poet Emily Dickinson, and a $25 Spiral Bookcase gift card. >>>Ticket Sales go towards Amelia’s Medical Fund – donations help to manage her feline hyperthyroidism treatments. >>1 free ticket per purchase, additional tickets $1 each or $5 for 10.
Our furry feline is ready to PARTY WITH YOU! RSVP here.
Be sure to visit other PA bookshops to celebrate the big day!
Exclusive Button Set!
celebrate galentine’s day with us!
saturday, february 13th, 10am
Join us at The Spiral Bookcase on February 13th at 10am for our inaugural Galentine’s Day celebration!
It’s time to celebrate all the ladies in our life – my dear beautiful, tropical fish! Wear that special outfit that makes you unstoppable and sashay to the shop!
Mingle with other remarkable local ladies, while enjoying coffee and some tasty treats. If you want to show off your sweet baking skills or your favorite local pastry – more treats are always welcome! Bonus points for waffles.
WHAT IS GALENTINE’S DAY?
The “ladies celebrating ladies” holiday on Feb. 13 honors friendships between women and was first introduced by Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope in a 2010 episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
So get down to the shop and TREAT YO SELF!
love story : open mic
friday, february 12th 5pm-8pm
Please join us for a special Valentine’s Day open mic. Bring your deliciously joyous, heart-breaking, and hilarious love stories to share. (If you are filled with angst, decry love in all forms, and can’t bear to write about such matters – well, you can join us too.)
Chris DiCicco is our special Arcadia MFA Alum guest of the evening – he will be reading from his newest collection : So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds, which will be available to purchase.
Sign up & Meet and Greet : 5pm – 6pm
Readings Begin : 6pm
Cozy up with Amelia the cat and a good book! We can’t wait to fall in love with your stories and poems! ?
The Great Cookie Swap & Cookie Contest : Sun, Dec 11th, 3-5pm
*Please note -this event is limited to 12 people. To participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-482-0704*
What’s tastier and cozier than sharing cookies with friends and neighbors? Join us at the bookshop to participate in a fun, traditional cookie swap.
We will also be picking our favorite cookie – and that baker will receive a special $25 gift card for their delicious efforts. We will provide coffee and tea for the event.
2) Bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookie as well as the recipe to share. One dozen to sample, one dozen to swap!
3) Feel free to bring ribbons or boxes to package the goods – We will also supply some cookie bags and plates.
Win a chance to be the face of our Holiday Greeting Card, meet the infamous Krampus, and create a unforgettable holiday portrait!
HOLIDAY PORTRAITS : DEC. 22nd 5PM-8PM
Using fun props, a comfy chair, and a cat if you’d like, sit and have your photo taken. Bring your neighbors, your family, or pose alone in all your magnificence!
If we love your mug, you’ll be featured as the poster child for our Holiday Greeting Card & a $15 gift card. PS – If you make us laugh you’ll have a good chance of winning.