Community Events

18 Jul

PoeFest | Student Writing Competition 2017

Announcing the PoeFest Arizona Student Writing Competition! Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is proud to sponsor the inaugural year of this statewide student contest celebrating the bard of Baltimore himself, Edgar Allan Poe. The competition is part of PoeFest, created by Arizona Curriculum Theater (ACT). ACT is a 501(c)(3) educational charity that connects the arts to curriculum in local schools. By integrating the arts into lesson plans, students become more engaged while learning about science, math, literature, reading, or history. The PoeFest Student Writing Competition is open to all Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2017-2018 school year. Submissions can be dropped off at any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange location or emailed to contest@poefest.org. A winner will be declared for each of two categories: short stories and poetry. All winners will receive prize packages supplied by Bookmans. For all the details, please keep reading below. But don’t delay, the submission deadline is September 1, 2017!

 

13 Jul

Bookmans About Town | Community Events

Bookmans is known for our fun and free family events at each of our stores. But we’re also out and about around Arizona, supporting the arts and connecting with the community! Come find us in your local neighborhood at some of the coolest cultural events that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. We’re presenting early literacy outreach storytimes at Phoenix Art Museum’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend on the second Saturday of each month. We’re hosting booths at Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines and Downtown Tucson’s Second Saturdays. Bookmans is also a part of Wednesday Wind Up, a free event on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month hosted by City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute at Civic Space Park. By bridging our stores with the surrounding communities, our goal is to circulate great ideas while promoting Arizona-grown businesses and non-profit organizations. Be sure to stop by one of our booths when you see us at a festival or event, you just might take home a rad prize.

07 Jul

#AwesomeAlert | Tucson Community Partners!

It’s no secret that Bookmans LOVES animals. We can’t help but get excited when a customer brings their lovable four-legged friend into one of our stores. From dogs to cats to lizards and birds, PETS ROCK! That’s why we allow friendly pets on a leash to hang at our stores and we dedicate the entire month of July to celebrating our K9 companions. We invite local pet adoption organizations and community partners to our stores for an array of free events geared towards a healthy and happy fido. We’d love to take some time and introduce just a couple of the awesome community groups and organizations doing great work right here in Tucson. So without further ado, here are some of Bookmans animal welfare besties.

05 Jul

Women Vs. Cosplay: The Calendar

The 2017 Comicon convention season may be over, but there’s still time to celebrate those amazingly talented geeks who make comic conventions entertaining and visually stunning. That’s right, I’m talking about cosplayers! Most of time, media attention focuses on only male cosplayers, particularly those of the “hero” persuasion. The Women Vs. Cosplay project seeks to balance that out by shifting the focus to talented female cosplayers of many skill levels.

01 Jun

Tune In This June | Free Events At Bookmans

Tune in this month for June’s Tunes at Bookmans! All month-long we host an orchestra of fun-filled events sure to be music to your ears. From instrument workshops to performances and giveaways, we’ve got you covered for the month of June. Our stores will embark on a state-wide celebration of the marvelous world of music, so stay tuned for events at Bookmans!

25 May

Flagstaff | Free Summer Kids Events

Everyone’s favorite used bookstore is hosting a cornucopia of family-friendly events all summer long at each of our six state-wide locations. Join us for Free Summer Kids Events with fun-filled activities like mad science experiments and lego build-offs. Meet real-life mermaids and pirates as you sail the seven seas. Settle in for a jolly storytelling experience with puppets, magic and more. Free Summer Kids Events take place Friday at 10am. Here’s what we have coming your way:

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25 May

Phoenix & Mesa | Free Summer Kids Events

Everyone’s favorite used bookstore is hosting a cornucopia of family-friendly events all summer long at each of our six state-wide locations. Join us for Free Summer Kids Events with fun-filled activities like mad science experiments and lego build-offs. Meet real-life mermaids and pirates as you sail the seven seas. Settle in for a jolly storytelling experience with puppets, magic and more. Free Summer Kids Events take place Thursday and Friday at 10am. Here’s what we have coming your way:

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25 May

Geeking Out | Phoenix ComicCon

This summer’s comiccon season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Phoenix Comic Con. There are an abundance of things to see and do at PHXCC. Here are some of the activities you can look forward to!

 

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23 May

Devour Arizona | Geeking Out On Gastronomy

Arizona restaurant street-cred is on the rise. Just this year, The Guardian published an article about the eclectic and culturally diverse culinary scene in Phoenix. This city’s evolution into a foodie oasis is thanks to the growing local businesses of Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent restaurants working with our friends at Local First AZ. At Bookmans, May is our month to geek out over all of your favorite things. Gather up those collectibles & comics, but don’t forget to show some love to the the most delicious of pastimes. From tacos to antipastos to pizzas, these local Arizona restaurants offer some of the best fare in the state. And even better, supporting local businesses keeps more funds here in our communities. Studies have shown that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, roughly $42 remains right here in Arizona, while for the same $100 spent in a national chain, only $13 remains here. Get those forks & knives ready and head out on a local culinary adventure. Today, we’re highlighting five of our favorite Arizona restaurants. Luckily, each of the top five are moments away from Bookmans Phoenix. This summer, get on the road and explore one or all of these local gastronomic gems. Then, stop in at Bookmans to peruse our awesome cooking section for some rad finds.

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09 May

Bookmans Tucson | Free Summer Kids Events

Everyone’s favorite used bookstore is hosting a cornucopia of family-friendly events all summer long at each of our six state-wide locations. Join us for Free Summer Kids Events with fun-filled activities like mad science experiments and lego build offs. Meet real-life mermaids and pirates as you sail the seven seas. Settle in for a jolly storytelling experience with puppets, magic and more. Free Summer Kids Events take place Tuesday through Friday at 10am. Here’s what we have coming your way:

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03 Apr

Pop-Up Bookmans: Phoenix Community Outreach

Support the arts and connect with the community! This spring, Bookmans is out and about in the local neighborhood at some of the coolest cultural events that Phoenix has to offer. We’re presenting early literacy outreach storytimes at Phoenix Public Market on the last Saturday of each month. We’re also a part of Phoenix Art Museum’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend on the second Saturday of each month. And to top it off, Bookmans is a part of Wednesday Wind Up, a fun and free event on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month hosted by City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute at Civic Space Park. By bridging Central Phoenix and the Downtown area with our Bookmans Phoenix neighborhood in the Northwest Valley, our goal is to circulate great ideas throughout our metropolis, while promoting Arizona-grown businesses and non-profit organizations.

Fridays In the Park

30 Mar

Bookmans Midtown Housewarming Party

Have you heard the news? Bookmans Grant has moved and is now Bookmans Midtown. Located at 3330 E. Speedway Blvd, just east of Country Club in Tucson, our new Midtown store is open with all the Bookmans bells and whistles, including great deals on new and used books, movies, games, instruments and more!

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22 Mar

Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run | Bookmans

Attention Super Heroes of all ages!

Don your capes because…

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It…it…it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure Runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

 

21 Feb

Food, Shows & Crafts, Oh My! Arizona Renaissance Festival | Bookmans Recommends

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of my annual “must go” local events. I’ve been going to the Renaissance Festival since I was in high school and it was the first geeky event I ever attended, long before I started going to Phoenix Comicon. The Renaissance Festival is also accredited with sparking my interest in cosplay. I made my first costume, a purple cloak out of crushed velvet, for the Renaissance Festival nearly ten years ago. Years later I eventually went all out and made a full on Elizabethan gown which ended up being a hit at the festival. Bookmans is very happy to partner with them again this year.

While there are tons of things to look forward to at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, here are a few things I particularly love to experience every time I go:

The food.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is most known for its smoked turkey legs and copious amounts of beer, however my particular favorites are the Steak on a Stick (a thick piece of tender steak on a stick), dessert crepes and funnel cakes, and the numerous variety of pastries at the Cottage Bakery which is conveniently located right at the entrance of the festival.

This year I stopped by the Cottage Bakery for a delicious sticky bun for breakfast, along with some coffee from the Cappuccino Inn (always nice to have on a cool, cloudy and potentially rainy day). Later in the afternoon, I munched on some fish and chips from the Queen’s Kitchen. I also make it a point every year to chase down the pickle guy who always has a bucket of crunchy, ice cold pickles which are especially refreshing after a beer, although this year it was a pickle lady.

Renaissance Festival

23 Jan

#TreatYoSelf for #LoveOfReading Month | Bookmans

It’s the perfect time of year to recharge and really focus on that certain special someone – YOU! Get away from the everyday grind and try a new adventure close to home. Who says luxury has to be expensive and time consuming? Delve into relaxing activities, revel in local retreats, and live it up like a real-life royal. This month, we encourage you to explore the Valley of the Sun’s best rejuvenating hidden gems. We’re counting down the top five local ways to #TreatYoSelf for #LoveOfReading month!

#TreatYoSelf

16 Dec

Gift #LocalLove This Season! | Local Gift Ideas From Bookmans

This time of year is perfect for being thankful for friends, family and Arizona weather. We like to remember the best parts about being an Arizonan by throwing shout outs to the local organizations that make our communities unique. This holiday season, take advantage of these unique ways to shop local and give local to those on your gift list. You might meet new friends, discover a favorite hangout or find that perfect holiday gift!

01 Dec

Deck the Halls this Season During our Month of Merriment at Bookmans!

Tis the season for holiday cheer at Bookmans! From the winter wonderland of Flagstaff to the city sidewalks of Phoenix and the Sonoran beauty of Tucson, all six Bookmans stores offer free events during our Month of Merriment this December. From visits from Kris Kringle himself to food drives and holiday craft events Bookmans has got you covered all month long to get you in the spirit to think about all thing St. Nick and get obsessed with peppermint everything. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the magic of the holidays at Bookmans with events that will tickle your holiday hope and fill your cup with cheer. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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08 Nov

Wednesday Wind Up in Phoenix

Do you find yourself looking for things to do to break up the monotony of the ‘day in, day out’ routine? Look no further, Bookmans and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation has partnered up to keep you covered through December 7. It’s called Wednesday Wind Up and it’ll cheer you up right in time for hump day. Did we mention that it’s located at Civic Space park and is set directly around your lunch hour? You aren’t going to want to miss out on all of this fun! If you were wondering what kind of shenanigans you can find at these fabulous pop-up Wednesdays, keep on reading!

Wednesday Wind Up

27 Oct

Pickin’ In The Pine’s Was a Bluegrass Blast – Bookmans – Written by Paul Lee

In case you missed it… our Pickin’ in the Pines review. What a wonderful weekend!

The weekend of September 18-21, Flagstaff hosted Pickin’ in the Pines, an amazing bluegrass festival held at the amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park that was about 3 miles from our store. Bookmans was one of the sponsors and vendors at this rip roarin’ event and I along with some of my cohorts got to work our booth and attend this cool event. I was a newbie at Pickin’ and I had no idea what to expect. Usually my idea of festivals are overcrowded outdoor venues with long lines at the bathrooms and the acrid smell of bad beer and body odor.

I have to be honest, I had trepidations about attending Pickin’ in the Pines as I wasn’t a bluegrass fan even though I could appreciate the artistry of the music. The most exposure I had to this classic American music was when I went with my family to car shows back East where there were often bluegrass bands pickin away. I enjoyed what I heard but I never felt the need to pursue bluegrass any further.

Pickin' in the Pines

At Pickin’ In The Pines I fully expected to be trapped under our tent fighting off mosquitoes and fielding questions from customers who would try to talk to me about a subject I knew little about. When I asked on of my coworkers what kind of people we’d meet at the booth, he said: “We’re going to get a whole lot of boring white dudes who are going to talk our ears off about stuff we don’t care about,”. That didn’t help my enthusiasm as I already was afraid that I’d be out of my comfort zone. My girlfriend and another co-workers told me to buck up and go to the show with a positive attitude so I put my big boy Event Liaison pants on. It turned into a fantastic experience, of which I won’t soon forget. 

01 Oct

It’s Frightfully Falltastic At Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Is there something strange in your neighborhood? Did you light the black candle at the old Sanderson house? Is your name Dracula or Frankenstein? Does the full moon cause you to grow hair, sprout fangs and be really, really good at basketball? Well my friend, you are in luck because it is Frightful Fall at Bookmans! All month long we are celebrating the creepy, the ghostly and the down right monster-y as we host free hallowonderful events in our stores.  So grab some candy corn and your “Eleven” from Stranger Things costume and head to your fave used media store for frightenly falltastic fun.

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Bookmans Entertainment Exchange buys, sells and trades used books, music, movies, video games & musical instruments.
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