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04 Oct

How to Adopt a Shelter Dog in AZ

October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Did you know that approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year? Did you also know that Arizona has the highest rate of euthanasia in the entire country? Bookmans encourage you to adopt instead of shop for your next family member. Here are some tips to find your dog in Arizona.

Homeless dog behind bars in an animal shelter

30 Sep

4 Ways to Fight Censorship All Year Round

Throughout the month of September, Bookmans fought the good fight against banned books and censorship! You might have participated in one of our Banned Book events or even bought one of those mysteriously wrapped books at our stores from our Blind Date with a Banned Book displays. Just because September comes to an end, our rebellion against censorship does not have to. Here are some ways to celebrate resisting censorship all year round.

 

12 Sep

Fight Censorship: The Banning Of America’s Toys

Though Bookmans talks a lot about censorship, the truth is that censorship can rear its head in many facets of life. Although this month we celebrate the right to read and encourage getting caught reading with a banned book, we want to open up the conversation to include all censored media. The goal is to help spread the word about just how far-reaching censorship is. It’s time to talk about toy censorship during our Fight Censorship Month!

Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid doll eating a fake french fry

08 Sep

To Ban or Not to Ban

It makes me sad that, as a society, we need to have a month dedicated to recognizing the impact of ignorance on literature and education. What is worse, books are still being challenged today with bans. Like, right now. Literature has been a staple of self-expression since humans began to write. And there has always been (and probably will always be) someone who believes those words and thoughts should be locked away. With anti-censorship being one of our core values, Bookmans continues to fight for everyone’s right to read. With that, I give you five reasons why books are banned –  and four better reasons not to.

24 Aug

Great Reasons to Join a Book Club

Have you ever thought of joining a book club before, but not quite sure it’s for you? Well, I have to say that a book club can be for everyone and anyone. Truthfully, you don’t have to love books THAT much to enjoy yourself! Of course, the obvious reason to join a book club is a love of reading, but there are so many other wonderful opportunities you can look forward to when you join. Let’s talk book clubs, everyone!

Students Youth Adult Reading Education Knowledge Concept

26 Jul

Animal Adoption Urgency Rises With Summer Heat

If you have never owned an animal or you are currently in the market for one, NOW is the time to act. The are many rewards for adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect furever friend may be a long one. You start with a lot of questions. Why is adoption so important? Where should I adopt from? What are the pros and cons of adopting from shelters as opposed to breeders? We’ve collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

22 Jul

Dogs are the Best Companions

Whether you already have a dog or you’re in the market for one you probably already know that dogs are pretty great. Sorry for you cat lovers out there, but this post is going to be all about our furry canine friends! I could go on and on about the cliché reasons dogs are oh so fabulous, but this is going to be for the more humorous crowd who are just OBSESSED with their dogs. If you’re not already obsessed with your dog, here are some ideas to connect with your dog on a whole new level.

07 Jun

Ten Best Book Quotes of All Time

Nothing is more important than your favorite book. From the characters you fall in love with to the words that continue speaking to you even after you put the book down, the right book can stay with you forever. These magical words end up taking over your life, covering your walls, captions on social media, and some permanently etched on your body. Whatever the words, they stick with you through the darkest and brightest of times. Without further adieu, here are my top ten favorite book quotes of all time!

26 Apr

Recycle and Reuse: A Celebration Of Earth Month

Bookmans believes it is our responsibility as a business to be compassionate citizens of the planet. We are continuously striving to reduce our carbon footprint. We do this through recycling, reusing, embracing alternative energies, and spreading the word about how you can join us in our efforts. Awareness of environmental issues is part of our very business model and one of our core values. As Earth Month comes to a close, let’s take a look at how you and Bookmans together can make our planet greener.

Female hands holding ground with inscription Earth Day on wooden table

09 Apr

I’m With the Banned: Banned Musicians

Bookmans knows the importance of fighting censorship. Taking a stand against censorship is what keeps this nation free. Got a favorite musician from the good old days? From political rallies to terribly staged photographs, you may be surprised about some of these famous banned musicians!

25 Mar

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Bookmans!

Every year spring brings pastel and earth tones, fresh breezes, flowers, birds chirping our way. Life is good, isn’t it? Of course, once we turn away from the Disney splendor of it all and take a look at our own house, we quickly realize that we may have overdone it this past year. Adding new items to your home can be a thrill, but there comes a time when we need to take stock of our things and reevaluate their place in your home. And so begins the annual spring cleaning! Cleaning and organizing your house can be a major buzzkill, but don’t fear – Bookmans is here to help!

05 Mar

Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter

19 Dec

50 Creative Ways to Be Kind During the Holidays

‘Tis the season of giving! The holidays can be a rough time for everyone. With shopping, family gatherings, traveling, and the festivities, things can get a little crazy out there. So let’s stop for a second and think about what we can do to give back. With the right amount of care and kindness, it is so easy to turn a stranger’s day around.

29 Nov

4 Very Good Reasons to Trade at Bookmans

It is not uncommon for people new to Bookmans to have a “wow” experience when they come through the door. Who wouldn’t with all the incredible items the local community stocks our stores with? Way more than shelves jam-packed with books of all kinds, Bookmans trade includes vinyl records, musical instruments, movies, video games, home goods, collectibles, and gift items. Since you never know what you’re going to find, every visit is like a treasure hunt.

The only thing that makes scouring shelf after orange shelf all the more enjoyable is having a Bookmans trade slip in your pocket. What is it about that little yellow trade slip that makes shopping so much more exciting?  

books, Batman comic book, and Bookmans trade slip on wooden desktop

16 Nov

Bookmans Recommends Fave Local Eateries

November is all about shopping local, and Tucson makes it so easy to be impressed by local offerings! Every year, we highlight some of our fave places to get our grub on, shop, and chill in our communities. Tucson is full of AMAZING places to dine. After all, we are the first UNESCO-designated City of Gastronomy. From tamales to epic sandwiches to Sonoran hot dogs, we’ve got hands-down some of the best food around. That’s why we simply had to devote an entire post to some of our favorite places to dine in Tucson.

14 Nov

Spread the Local Love

Every November, Bookmans celebrates supporting locally owned businesses with Shop Local Give Local Month. We believe independently owned businesses are the key to creating and maintaining cultural diversity. This is what makes Tucson, Arizona so unique. Our lovely city is stuffed with unique local businesses making a name for themselves, each store just as diverse as the last. We could not be more proud! Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite hard-working local businesses and share some local love.

07 Nov

Five Great Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Hey there! You probably clicked on this post because YOU are an animal lover! Well we can tell you one thing – you are in good company! Bookmans has a ginormous animal welfare family! From golden retrievers to greyhounds, we support all animal lovers! ‪November 5th through November 11th‬ is National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week! In celebration, here are five great reasons to adopt a pet. (Cue the Sarah McLachlin song… )

22 Sep

Bookmans Flagstaff | Cafe Dreamin’

Did you know that Bookmans Flagstaff has a café? That’s right! Fantastic coffee is served to go with your binge reading and watching. With the cold weather moving in for fall and winter, Bookman’s Café is the perfect place to spend your day-off indoors. Our Café also carries a selection of yummy snacks made by local food artisans and coffee roasters. Read on to learn more about our partnerships with other local businesses that make our café extra delicious!

 

14 Sep

#ArrestedReading | Top 5 Ladies of Banned Lit

As we continue to fight censorship during #ArrestedReading Month this September, we want to highlight those characters who bring girl power to the conversation. Today, we count down our top five heroines in banned or challenged fiction. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself a timeless story. Not only do these characters represent life, love and coming of age, they show the world through the eyes of a young lady. How is it possible to so accurately capture the essence and adventure of growing up as a girl? These protagonists are written by some of the most ground-breaking authors of all time, who are also women.

11 Sep

#ArrestedReading | Banned Books for All Ages

By Guest Blogger and Bookmans Enthusiast, Megan Maiden

Every year, the American Library Association releases a list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books. These are titles that were forced to be removed from libraries and schools for various reasons. Like most rebellious children, I never liked being told what to do. I never liked being told that I couldn’t watch a certain kind of movie, couldn’t listen to a certain kind of music or couldn’t read a certain kind of book. “Don’t tell me what I can’t read!” I would screech while causing a scene at the public library. Nothing has ever stopped me from reading what I wanted, whether it was appropriate or not (says the girl that used the novelization of Sleeping with the Enemy for her 4th grade book report). Bookmans opposes censorship of any kind all year, but September is #ArrestedReading Month which includes Banned Book Selfies, Blind Dates with Banned Books and a pretty all-around awesome Fight Censorship campaign. Fighting censorship is never about cramming scandal down people’s throats, but instead about allowing people to read whatever interests them. Banned books, shmanned books! Today, we are highlighting banned books for every age.

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