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What's on Your Hot Summer Reads List?

It seems as if everyone has a summer reading list: Bill GatesPBS, and Novelists Who Own Bookstores. Well, we're also excited about the summer season when publishers let loose with great reads. We've started a list of what we're hearing - and reading - as some of the best reads of the season. Keep checking in for updates to our Hot Summer Reads List here. And tell us what's on your list this summer.


Get Caught Reading, Brain Quest and More

This summer, join us at The Bookstore for a few activities to keep children and adults engaged. Our Get Caught Reading challenge, starting June 1, invites kids and adults to read 10 new books. Our Summer Brain Quest Party on June 17 will test your trivia knowledge for children 5 and up. And July 1 kicks off our Find Waldo Local scavenger hunt in participating stories during the month of July. 

  • Get Caught Reading, our summer reading reward program, begins June 1. Stop in to pick up your reading form and read 10 books that are new to you. When your form is all filled in, exchange it at The Bookstore for a paperback book of your choice from our store stock! Not just for kids, this program welcomes adults to also participate in our summer reading challenge. 

  • Calling all adventurers! The Bookstore is hosting a Summer Brain Quest Party on at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at The Bookstore. Ideal for kids ages 5 and up. In conjunction with Brain Quest's release of new books this month, our kick off party will celebrate that it's fun to be smart. We'll test your trivia knowledge, make a craft and do some workbook-themed activities. And we'll even award Summer Brainiac certificates. Please RSVP for this event by calling The Bookstore at 630-469-2891 or email us at info@justthebookstore.com.

  • Find Waldo in Glen Ellyn is coming again in July. Watch for Waldo walking around town, and start your hunt for the tiny Waldo figurines at participating businesses beginning July 1. Forms to fill out for entry in our prize drawing will be available in July. 


What's in our Store Window?

Have you noticed the fun, creative displays in our store window? In June, we have dad in mind when we picked these featured titles as well as our theme.

Bookstore Gives Back

Here are the nonprofit organizations we supported in May: Glenbard West High School Theatre, Four Winds Waldorf School, Garwood Foundation (Glenbard West Volleyball), Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center, and Edward Hospital Foundation.


Author Appearances

BETH FINKE will sign copies of her book Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Beth is a local author and friend of The Bookstore, Beth is a commentator on NPR and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. She also happens to be blind. She is also the author "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound," a children's picture book told from the viewpoint of Beth's seeing eye dog, Hanni. We will have copies of "Hanni and Beth" too.


What's in Jane's Book Bag?

the women in the castlethe Scribe of Siena The Chilbury Ladies' ChoirTestimony

If you're like us, you probably already have a book bag that you're loading up for summer vacation reading. This month, Jane tells us what's in her book bag. Find more titles in Jane's Book Bag here.


Tournament of Books

The Morning News' Tournament of Books. And the winner is: The Underground Railroad. 

But the real news is that our very own Jenny Fischer and Sue Kowalski were featured on the national platform as judges. They provided guest commentary on March 16 about "The Nix" vs. "We Love You, Charlie Freeman." Check out their full commentary here


Reading Club Night recommendations

Did you miss our 2017 Reading Club Night when we offer suggestions for book clubs? No worries, we have our complete list of 2017 Reading Club Night recommendations saved here. We had a lively chat with book group members that night so be sure to watch for our next Reading Club Night. In the meantime, stop in the store and our knowledgeable staff will share some discussion topics for these books.


Decomposition Books

New at The Bookstore this month: spiral and clothbound notebooks from Decomposition Book® in a variety of decorative covers, from teacups to peacocks to sloths. All have 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages printed with soy ink, and are made in the USA. A must-see item for those tween and teen Easter baskets!


Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address: info@justthebookstore.com


Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.


What We're Talking About This Month

► June Staff Picks: Gail chose "Eleanor Oliphant."

June Book Club Picks including our book club's pick "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk."

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

Books Heard on NPRIll Will, Rigor Mortis, Lucky You, All Grown Up

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide


Coming Attractions

 Capt Underpants  Wonder Woman  The Circle  dark tower     

We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 

 


Summer Brain Quest Party

Calling all adventurers! The Bookstore is hosting a Summer Brain Quest Party on at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at The Bookstore. Ideal for kids ages 5 and up.

In conjunction with Brain Quest's release of new books this month, our kick off party will celebrate that it's fun to be smart. We'll test your trivia knowledge, make a craft and do some workbook-themed activities. And we'll even award Summer Brainiac certificates. 

Wine and Finds

Wines & Finds is coming back to downtown Glen Ellyn on Tuesday, June 15 from 5 to 8 pm, just in time to finish up your Father's Day gift shopping at The Bookstore, with wine! Hosted by the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, Wine & Finds offers samples of wines at your favorite downtown stores. This is always a very popular event, so be sure to grab your tickets early. You can buy them here

Book signing with Beth Finke

BETH FINKE will sign copies of her book Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Beth is a local author and friend of The Bookstore, Beth is a commentator on NPR and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. She also happens to be blind. She is also the author "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound," a children's picture book told from the viewpoint of Beth's seeing eye dog, Hanni.

Find Waldo

The Bookstore is proud to bring back a Glen Ellyn tradition: Find Waldo. Starting July 1 and running the month of July, children are invited to participate in this fun scavenger hunt.