Want to encourage reading in Richmond?
World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23 – apply 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!
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:
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.
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
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.)
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 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
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
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.
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:
*Super double coupons (up to $2) continues at Kmart through 11/1