Books have been some of my very best friends since I first learned to read by myself at the age of 4. Books promote imagination, expand the mind, comfort, encourage, and may even make you laugh or cry. What great entertainment value books have for all ages and ability levels! I feel strongly about promoting reading in any feasible way I can. Since I opened my humble shop in September 2011, I have been donating some books each month, in conjunction with Second Chances Thrift Shop (Chautauqua County Humane Society), to area after-school programs, non-profits, nursing homes, medical facilities, and laundromats. The opportunity to actively participate in this year’s BIG READ is an honor.
This year the chosen book for communities to read nation-wide is Jack London’s novel The Call of the Wild. Fredonia State University students have put together artwork, educational posters, and will be facilitating book discussion groups throughout the area. They will be at our location from 2pm.-3:30pm. on Saturday, February 23rd. Light refreshments will be provided. Since seating space is limited to 12, please call the book shop at 716-489-1496 or stop in to reserve your seat. Do you need a copy of the book? Stop by because we have free newsprint copies which have been provided by The Big Read. This is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Fredonia State University and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System have worked closely to make certain this happens on a local level. which have provided funding through grants. The NEA works on this worthy cause in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Arts Midwest.
In keeping with the other BIG READ events, I will offer the following special promotional activities from today through 3/1/13.
1. Stop in at Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium with proof that your dog friend is named Buck, Curly, or White Fang and you will receive a free bag of dog treats in honor of some of Jack London’s best-known dog characters.
2. Is your name either John Chaney or John Thornton? If so, you have won a free haircut, straight razor neck shave, and head, neck, and shoulder massage at The Clip Joint Barber Shoppe as long as you come in with proper ID. John Chaney was Jack London’s birth name. John Thornton was the kind, animal-loving character in Jack London’s novel The Call of the Wild who rehabilitated Buck, returning the dog to his prime condition.
Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium is located in The Clip Joint Barber Shoppe building at 177 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown, NY. 14701 [across from the SaveALot Food Store plaza] Both the book shop and the barber shop are open Monday through Friday, 9:30am.-5:30pm., Saturdays, 9am.-1pm., and closed Sundays.