February 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

world book night

Want to encourage reading in Richmond?

World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23apply online to receive 20 copies of a paperback (your choice from a list of 30 titles) to hand out to non- or light-readers in the community!

Deadline to apply is Monday, February 6. I can’t find a list of Richmond pick-up spots, but Fountain Bookstore and bbgb tale for kids are participating.

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January 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains


Did you receive a Kindle or Nook for Christmas? Now you need something to read, and it’s tempting to drop a small fortune on Amazon loading up on literature. Save some money by taking advantage of eBook lending programs through your local library!

eBooks can be borrowed for a lending period of several weeks, and you’ll need a library card to check them out.

Lists of titles available:

Here is how the process works to borrow a book for your Kindle through the Henrico County Library:

    Visit our OverDrive collection.
    Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
    Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in.
    Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.
    If you are using a Kindle app on a mobile device you may have to check for your book in the ‘Archived Items’ option.
    If you are using a Kindle your book will automatically sync with your Kindle when it is connected to wi-fi.

There is not nearly the selection that one can enjoy with print books, but more will be added all the time.

Tip: You don’t need to have an e-reader device to read eBooks. Many are available in general eBook formats, such as Adobe PDF which you can read by installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.

I’m just starting to learn my way around eBooks. I know there are websites that list free eBooks available – do you have a site you use? What about tips for saving money on eBooks?

I’ve added a number of free titles to my Kindle as bloggers post about books that Amazon offers free for a limited time. Also, every day, Amazon offers a Kindle Daily Deal at a big discount – you can sign up here to be notified what the deal of the day is.

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November 21st, 2011 by RichmondBargains

From the County of Henrico Public Library:

Are you interested in eBooks? Don’t know what to make of this format? Thinking about buying an eReader for someone this year? Have an eReader but not sure how to use our digital collections? Well, we’ve got something for you!

Beginning [tonight] we will be hosting eBook Clinics at each of our libraries. These clinics are an informal way for you to ask your questions about eBooks and eReaders. Library staff will be available to answer your questions.

Monday, November 21, 2pm-4pm @ Sandston

Tuesday, November 22, 2pm-4pm @ Glen Allen

Monday, November 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Varina

Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Dumbarton

Wednesday, November 30, 2pm-4pm @ North Park

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Tuckahoe

Tuesday, December 13, 2pm-4pm @ Fairfield

Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Twin Hickory

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November 16th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

Diary of A Wimpy Kid readers: Author Jeff Kinney will be at the Science Museum tomorrow (November 17) afternoon, speaking and signing his new book Diary of A Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever!

The event is sponsored by bbgb books; the event is free, but to get a ticket to get a book signed, you will need to pre-order the book through bbgb (Phone number 353-5675)

3:00 – event opens in front of the thalhimer pavilion with snow activities and hot chocolate (!)

4: 00 – jeff kinney speaks in the thalhimer pavilion

4:15 – book signing begins

now for the important fine print:

*the event- is free! come for the fun and to see kinney speak. but, if you want a book signed (super for xmas gifts!) you need a ticket…

*tickets for book signing – these are available only thru bbgb. purchase a copy of diary of a wimpy kid: cabin fever before november 17th and score a ticket for your family while supplies last.

*buying a book – call the shop or come by. no books can be ordered by email. and, since it doesn’t release until november 15th, all orders are pre-sales. how do you get your book then? well…

*book pick-up – pre-purchased books can be picked up in shop on november 15th and 16th or at the event on the 17th. please bring your receipt to the bbgb table in the thalhimer pavilion. no pre-purchased books will be in the shop on the 17th. (we have to get them to the event!)

*number of books – jeff will sign all books purchased from bbgb, so be sure to bring your receipt. he will also sign 2 from home. he is only putting his signature, not personalizing (due to the size of the crowd.)

*photos – yep! jeff will take photos with fans as they stand in front of the table.

*parking – enter from dmv drive, not from the front of the museum.

(the first 500 cups of hot chocolate are on jeff, so get there early.)

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May 17th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

barnes & noble

Elementary schoolers who read any 8 books this summer can receive a free book from Barnes & Noble through the Imagination Destination summer reading program.

Complete the Reading Journal (can be downloaded online). Turn the journal in at a store between May 24th and September 6th to choose your book from the following list of options:

    GRADES 1 & 2
    Clifford Makes the Team – Norman Bridwell
    Diving Dolphin – Karen Wallace
    Jorge el curioso: Huellas de dinosaurio – H. A. Rey
    New Kid in Town – Mercer Mayer
    Scat, Cat! – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

    GRADES 3 & 4
    Braving the Lake – Erin Falligant
    Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig – Kate DiCamillo
    Sleepover Sleuths – Carolyn Keene
    Stanley, Flat Again! – Jeff Brown
    Summer According to Humphrey – Betty G. Birney
    La telaraña de Carlota – E. B. White

    GRADES 5 & 6
    The Batboy – Mike Lupica
    Extra Credit – Andrew Clements
    Gregor the Overlander – Suzanne Collins
    Ida B – Katherine Hannigan
    James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
    Liberty Porter, First Daughter – Julia DeVillers
    Pandora Gets Jealous – Carolyn Hennesy

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November 24th, 2010 by Alison

borders 50% off

If you’re buying any books as gifts this year, or just have your eye on a big-ticket item, take advantage of this rare printable coupon for Borders: 50% off the list price of any one item, valid 11/24 only. Free Borders Rewards membership is required.

You can save an additional 10% if you upgrade to Borders Plus Rewards membership ($20/yr) but with all the printable coupons Borders offers, I don’t think it’s worth it unless you find yourself frequently shopping at Borders and paying full price.

Update: Borders is also running some great sales on movies! (Can’t be combined with coupon)

$2.99 for kids shows like Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney (reg $7.99 to $9.99)
$4.99 for movies like the Blind Side, Juno, and Devil Wears Prada (reg $14.99)
$7.99 for newer releases like Where the Wild Things Are, Hancock, Fame (reg. $19.99)
$14.99 for DVD box sets of TV shows such as Mad Men and the Office

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March 30th, 2009 by Alison

book sale

Like Bug needs any books. Between Goodwill and consignment sales, his board book collection rivals that of some small libraries. But $.50 for kiddie lit is very tempting.

Bibliophiles rejoice, the Friends of Richmond Public Library’s Spring Book Sale starts this Friday at 2pm:

Give in to your book buying addiction and attend the Friends’ Spring Book Sale. The sale will offer thousands of great hardbacks and paperbacks at bargain prices with most priced at $1 or $2, CDs at $1, and children’s books at 50 cents.

The sale is open to the public:

Friday, April 3rd from 2 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, April 6th from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

A preview sale for Friends members only will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. before the sale opens to the public. If you are not a member and would like to join the Friends, memberships may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call the Friends office at 646-3411 or 646-4256.

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October 31st, 2008 by Alison

Take 40% off the list price of one book at Borders using this printable coupon, Friday Oct 31- Sun Nov 2. (A Borders Rewards membership is required, but is free to sign up)

Borders has % off coupons out every weekend, but this is the best one I’ve seen in a while – Most are for lower percents and/or require a minimum purchase.

Some other deals du jour:

*$5 off $25 purchase coupon at Babies R Us through 11/1, plus other discounts

*Super double coupons (up to $2) continues at Kmart through 11/1

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