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At Bookmans, the whole month of July is dedicated to man’s best friends… furry friends, that is! We’ve had lots of great events in our storeas so far, and we've got lots more coming up! From in-store events, animal organizations with adoption opportunities, animal fairs, to Christmas in July for pictures of your best fuzzy friend with the jolly guy, you're sure to find something fun for everyone. Check out the great upcoming events (and some cute pictures from our previous events):
Happy Fourth of July! On Sunday, July 4, all of our stores will have holiday hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We also have a great Fourth of July kids event at our Phoenix store, and we'll be appearing in the downtown Flagstaff Fourth of July parade.
At the Phoenix Bookmans, stop by at 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, July 1) for a Fourth of July-themed take-home craft for kids! In Flagstaff, we'll be pedaling our float through the parade, which starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and goes until noon. You can check out more about the Flagstaff float and parade in Kate's awesome blog.
Have a safe and fun holiday!
This Saturday, July 3rd, Bookmans will be pedaling our “We Will Return” homemade bike float through the streets of Flagstaff. The parade starts at 9am sharp in downtown, and it's going to be great! Bookmans will be giving away “We Will Return” tee-shirts, temporary tattoos, and Smarties candy to the crowd. We'll have five brave cyclists pushing our bat-book-cave up and down the hills, and we're going to need all the team spirit we can get to make it up the final hill. When a couple of our Bookmans employees were asked what they like about Independence Day, answers included “unalienable rights” “free speech” and “free candy.”
Bookmans in Flagstaff is making speedy progress toward reopening this fall, with a completed roof on the store, and a warehouse full of brand new shelves getting fuller every day. Check out the latest images of the store rebuild here. Bookmans is still buying and selling at the Chamber of Commerce parking-lot on Route 66 every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Saturday in August. Please keep in mind that we accept our last deal at 3:45pm, and will cancel if a true thunder storm moves through. Check back here, or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, for current updates. Also, for a detailed news article about the rebuild, see the business pages of the Arizona Daily Sun this Sunday, August 1.
Tomorrow at Bookmans Phoenix, join us for a documentary screening and discussion of "The Bridge" at 5:30 p.m. Viewer discretion is advised. The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure. An engineering masterpiece. A triumph of human ingenuity and muscle over the elements. A symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom – and something more, something almost spiritual but impossible to describe. More people choose to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.
School is out and the mercury is topping triple digits, so what better way to beat the heat than to join the Summer Movie Madness at MADCAP Theaters, starting June 2 through August 6. This week, they're presenting Shark Tale, airing Wendesday, July 7 through Friday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for just $2.00! And, on Thursday, July 8, Blue Bell Ice Cream will host a free ice cream treat from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Now that's a sweet way to cool off.
Join Bookmans in Tucson for 2nd Saturdays Downtown, this Saturday evening! We'll be selling vinyl, CDs, movies and much, much more from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in a very special location, right across from the Ronstadt Center at 45 N. 6th Ave. This July 10 2nd Saturdays Downtown will feature great music, street performances, arts & crafts vendors, killer specials from downtown businesses, and an outdoor screening of Rebel Without a Cause. The main stage off Scott Avenue will feature three bands:
Seashell Radio from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kate Becker and The Zodiacs from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.
We hope to see you all there!
We're a proud member and supporter of Local First Arizona. With over 1300 members, the LFA organization is currently the largest in the country. LFA provides a network of local, independently own Arizona businesses and supporters by hosting monthly mixers. Our Mesa location was the host of the July Mixer, where we provided a relaxing atmosphere for networking, conversations, and education to newcomers about what it means to have a support system such as Local First Arizona. Many enjoyed a sampling of items from our Bookmans Cafe menu. We were also delighted with the fabulous cupcakes from Kiki's Cupcake Service!
You can check out more photos from the event on Flickr
Join Bookmans in Tucson for 2nd Saturdays Downtown, tomorrow evening! We'll be selling vinyl, CDs, movies and much, much more from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in a very special location, right across from the Ronstadt Center at 45 N. 6th Ave. This July 10 2nd Saturdays Downtown will feature great music, street performances, arts & crafts vendors, killer specials from downtown businesses, and an outdoor screening of Rebel Without a Cause. The main stage off Scott Avenue will feature three bands:
Seashell Radio from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kate Becker and The Zodiacs from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.
We hope to see you all there!
Bookmans Flagstaff has renewed their tremendously popular MIC program for the entire 2010-2011 school year. Bookmans pays an instructor to volunteer in seven classes a week for thirty-two weeks, free to the Head Start classrooms of Flagstaff. Chuck Cheesman, the program instructor, has degrees in both music and elementary education, three commercially available CDs, and has taught elementary school for five years in Chicago. Chuck was a Wiggleworms instructor at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music where he had the Obama family in one of his eight week sessions!
Check it out! Bookmans Phoenix has achieved internet fame, and is now the topic of an eHow article. Thanks to Yvette Y. from our Phoenix store for the find. Now, if they could just take that apostrophe out...
How to Visit Bookman's in Phoenix, AZ
By Claire Bush, eHow Contributing Writer
Book lovers searching for a one-stop shopping experience can head for Bookman’s on their next trip to Phoenix. The store features used books, magazines, music and board games in a welcoming and friendly environment that encourages browsing. It’s worth a stop to check out what’s new in fiction, on CD or in audio books, and the ever-changing selection guarantees a fresh shopping experience each time.Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange is located at 8034 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, about a 20 minute drive from downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor airport. For directions, store hours and other information call (602) 433-0255. Here’s how to visit Bookman’s in Phoenix.
Bookmans Flagstaff is excited to be part of the ever-popular Northern Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Foxglen Park! The festival is complete with caber tossing, whiskey tasting, oatmeal tossing, beer drinking, book reading, Celtic knot tying and loads of other highland fun! Bookmans will be there selling great used merchandise, providing Celtic story time in the kids area at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, and volunteering to help make the festival better than ever! The festival is complete with a kids area, food and drink, vendors and free workshops, a Diana Gabaldon book reading and so much more. Since this is not a free festival, Bookmans will not be buying books this weekend, either at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot or at the festival. However, if you would like to sell us your stuff, we'll be back out at the Chamber next Saturday, July 24 and taking deals from 10am to 3:30pm. For our entire buying and selling schedule, please see here.
Join us at Bookmans Speedway on Friday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a great author event. Local author John Lyman will be signing his mystery thriller "God's Lions" -- which has rave reviews on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. You can get a sneak peek of the book through Google Books, and check out more about John Lyman on his website.
Summoned to Rome by an old friend, a Jesuit scholar finds himself using a code discovered in the Bible to unearth an ancient, hidden chapel in the catacombs under the city. When a rogue force of Vatican security officials are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue ... a clue that will lead him and a team of Israeli Christians to a much larger secret in the middle of the barren Negev Desert.
Meticulously researched and drawing on scientific fact, John Lyman's intriguing story takes us into the world of scholars, archaeologists, code-breakers, and intelligence specialists who have discovered a prophetic code hidden within the Old Testament that authenticates the Bible as a book of supernatural origin and points to a divine plan. This gripping novel is truly a thought-provoking and action-packed thriller with implications for our future.
We need your gently-loved books! Bookmans Phoenix and Bookmans Mesa are currently hosting a book drive for Children First Academy of Phoenix and Tempe. Please bring your gently-used children's and young adult books to our stores for donation.
Children First Academy is the nation's largest school for homeless children, offering more than an education. The students who enroll in Children First Academy are not typical public school students. Many of the children routinely go without life's basic necessities - food, clothing, air conditioning, water, and most importantly, a stable home life. Although many of the students never spend more than one night in the same place, they always have their school to attend each day. It fulfills much more than the typical school's role; it is the sense of stability these children so desperately need. For more information on Children First Academy, and for other ways that you can help, check out their website.
Bookmans is giving you a chance to go see dinner and a show at the Broadway Palm in Mesa! We're giving away five pairs of tickets to Andrew Lloyd Weber & Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat--all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page or send us a tweet and tell us why you should be one of the five lucky winners for a pair of tickets (which includes a buffet meal). We'll pick the five best answers on Friday at noon!
This internationally acclaimed musical/dance extravaganza is featured at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre from July 8 through August 23 in Mesa. This lively and colorful musical parable travels through ancient Egypt as a boy, Joseph, blessed with prophetic dreams, is sold into slavery by his conniving brothers. But in true rags to riches fashion, Joseph overcomes these tremendous odds, and dares modern audiences to dream of doing the same. A blazing cornucopia of musical styles, and featuring such song favorites as “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph,” this Old Testament romp emerges as both a timely and timeless tale of tragedy and triumph.
What has educational workshops, whiskey tasting, highland games, tasty treats, dancing, book readings, beer gardens, vendors and so much more? The Northern Arizona Highland Celtic Festival of course! Bookmans is a proud sponsor of the festival, and will be out selling new and cool merchandise and providing Celtic kids storytimes at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm each day. The festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Foxglen Park, but it kicks off downtown tonight with Celtic music opening for Movies on the Square in Heritage Square at 6pm. For more details about the festival, please see here.
Bookmans in Flagstaff had a blast at the Northern Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this last weekend. We saw lots of familiar faces, did Celtic kids story times, sold lots of books, and Book Man entertained kilted boys and sweet lasses! Our employees volunteered as “shaggers” for the highland athletics, they slung beer, carried boxes, took tickets, did security and more. See the fun pictures of the festival here.
And, if you would like to sell us your stuff, you don't need to wait for our store to reopen! We will be buying and selling in the Chamber of Commerce parking-lot every Saturday from now through the end of August (weather permitting) from 10am to 4pm. Please come by, say hi, browse the great deals, and maybe bring us a box of stuff. Even if you'd only like to trade a single book or CD, we're happy to take a look. No deal is too small for Saturdays at the Chamber of Commerce. Remember, as much as you miss Bookmans Flagstaff, Bookmans Flagstaff misses you!
At Bookmans, we believe that the fun of learning should continue all year long and we know how hard it can be to find reasonably priced entertainment for your kids throughout the long, hot days of summer. That’s why every year we offer 10 weeks of FREE Summer Kids Events at all of our Bookmans locations throughout Arizona, and we've got just a few weeks remaining until our famous Back to School parties in August!
This week, we're welcoming the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in our Tucson stores with a presentation on reptiles in the desert. In Flagstaff, we'll be exploring earthworms this week, in Phoenix, we're throwing a beach party, and in Mesa we're celebrating Superhero Day! Each store has a different schedule, so be sure to check out the flyers for Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff to find out what’s happening at a Bookmans near you for the last couple weeks of summer!
We've sealed the deal on a new warehouse in Tucson for our online sales. Check out the story from the Arizona Daily Star this morning:
Bookmans buys space on south side
Tucson-based Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has purchased a 140,000-square-foot warehouse on the city's south side to accommodate its growing online business.
The sale price on the transaction - filed Tuesday in the Pima County Recorder's Office - was $4.375 million.
Bookmans sells used books, music, movies and video games at three local stores. It expanded its operations to the Internet several years ago, said Bookmans Chief Financial Officer Jim Lubinski.
At Bookmans we believe that every animal should have an opportunity to find their forever home, which is why we work with a variety of animal welfare groups throughout Arizona. Nearly every weekend we feature an adoption event in one of our stores, helping to connect our customers with the wonderful animals in need in our community. Unfortunately, HOPE Animal Shelter, a Bookmans favorite and Tucson’s only no-kill dog AND cat shelter, is struggling to keep their doors open.
Coda is just one of many loving animals at HOPE.
HOPE Animal Shelter is unique in that it provides a loving, no-kill haven for unwanted or abandoned cats and dogs. The animals at HOPE are provided with plenty of space and comfort, from climbing trees and beds to a large play area, and this setup helps reduce the stress the animals experience during their transition to a new forever home. HOPE makes sure that all feline and canine guests are well cared for emotionally, medically, and physically during this uncertain time in their lives.
Last year, over 375 animals found their forever homes through HOPE, and there are currently 80+ animals who depend on HOPE to provide them with shelter, food and love until they too can find the perfect family to take them home. The cost of the tremendous amount of care and comfort the animals at HOPE receive is somewhat daunting; Susan Scherl, executive director of HOPE, estimates that it costs around $12,000 per month to provide for the animals. She emphasizes that no donation is too small and even $5 will make a difference to the animals at HOPE. To learn more about how you can help HOPE, please visit their website - and be sure to check out the animal adoptions at your local Bookmans, there may be a kitty or puppy just waiting to come home with you! You can also follow them on Twitter.
Bookmans in Flagstaff will return, and now they have lots of visible progress. The store has a nice new roof, and the builders are hard at work with bricks and mortar. The warehouse is also a bee-hive of activity; the new orange shelves are spread out over half the warehouse and folks are filling them with great merchandise so they'll be ready to put right into the store when the remodel is complete. As you may have heard, Bookmans Flagstaff will have all the same elements you came to expect from the old store including: books, music, magazines, cafe, electronics, video games and more, but will also have a fancy new floor plan. It is going to be a huge party when they reopen!
Check out the pictures of the store rebuild progress here. See here for pictures of Bookmans Flagstaff employees processing and pricing and shelving, oh my! Also, the Arizona Daily Sun will be running a big story on the buying, selling and rebuild Sunday August 1st. Keep an eye on the Arizona Daily Sun website for details. If you are looking for us, we'll be in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot every Saturday through the rest of the summer from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, barring storms. We take our last trade deal at 3:45 p.m., so come early! See our summer buy and sell schedule here.
Bookmans in Flagstaff is having a blast hosting free summer kids events at the Orpheum Theater every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. We've had over a hundred people at each event, and every week is a party! We've hosted earthworm education from Willow Bend and raptors from the Arboretum.We've decorated reusable tote-bags and tee-shirts for father's day, and made cool collages of trees. See some pictures of a recent event here. This coming Wednesday, we'll host the Coconino Humane Society's educational program “How to Care for Your Pet” and the kids will get to play with and even name some puppies and kittens. August 4th is our final free kids event, and we're going all out with Chuck Cheesman's Kids' Show “Dancing With No Shoes On,” face-painting, balloon-sculpting, reusable tote-bag decorating, and free snacks. We hope to see you there!
This past weekend, we kicked off the fourth annual Tucson International Children's Film Festival at The Loft Cinema, and Bookmans is proud to once again be a participating sponsor. The Loft's TICFF is a nine-day celebration of great children’s cinema, with classic children's films, foreign features, and fun interactive activities – not to mention the awesome free popcorn for the whole family!
On Wednesday, July 28, Bookmans is pleased to present this year’s book-to-movie featured film – The Indian in the Cupboard! This award-winning young-adult novel by Lynn Reid Banks is a thrilling adventure tale of a lonely boy who discovers a magical wooden cabinet that can bring his plastic toys to life. We’ve been collecting copies of this wonderful children’s book all summer long at our stores, and we’ll be giving away 150+ free copies to the kids in attendance. We’ll also be raffling off two fantastic $100 Bookmans gift baskets, filled to the brim with book & movie pairs of our favorite children’s stories, special Bookmans merchandise, and a $50 Bookmans gift certificate!
Madcap Theatres and Bookmans Underground Cinema celebrate Movie Madness Month all throughout August with all kinds of never-before-seen on-screen craziness; including the best, the worst, the good, the bad, and the definitely ugly. Check out the schedule below:
Best/Worst Movie Double Feature
Friday August 6 & Saturday August 7 - The Room (8:00 p.m.) & Birdemic: Shock & Terror (10:00 p.m.)
$10 Double feature or $7 per film
The Room (2003) back by popular demand! The unintentionally hilarious steaming pile of relationship drama that been hailed as Floor Plan 9 from Outer Space and without a doubt, the worst film ever made, including movies made on Betamax cameras in special education high school classes. Gag me with a plastic spoon! This will be followed by Birdemic: Shock & Terror (2008). Perhaps the most discussed and anticipated avian-based disaster film since The Birds, Birdemic is equal parts both epochal tale and cinematic warning shot. It tells the story of a couple unexpectedly and unforgettably caught in the eye of a feather-based storm an apocalyptic attack winging down from the skies in a twisted morass of feathers, talons and blood-soaked claws. Officially rejected from Sundance 2009, it has to be seen to be believed!
We've had a blast hanging out with all of our great pint-sized customers and friends this summer during our free summer kids events... but it's almost time to head back to school! So, next week we'll be wrapping up our free events with our infamous back-to-school parties. Celebrate the end of summer with us with a huge party featuring games, prizes, snacks, contests, and, of course, the most important ingredient: fun! In Flagstaff, we're happy to welcome the incomprable Chuck Cheesman and his music for this extra-special event, which will be held at the Orpheum Theatre. All of our kids events have been a huge hit this summer, with more than 100 kids at many of the events -- we hope to see you at this last big bash!
Tuesday, August 3: Ina at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 4: Speedway at 10:00 a.m.; Flagstaff at 10:00 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre; Mesa at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 5: Grant at 10:00 a.m.; Phoenix at 1:00 p.m.
Join us at Bookmans Speedway this Saturday, as Santa Claus and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona team up for our end-of-July event. All month long, we've been celebrating our beloved pets through our Dog Days of Summer events. Bring in your furry friend (on a leash please) for photos with Santa Claus from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Haven't met your animal soulmate? The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be on hand with some wonderful animals to meet & greet; as well as information on adoption; volunteering; and building strong, healthy relationships between pets and their owners. We hope to see you there!
We had an amazing time this week at the fourth annual Loft Cinema’s Tucson International Children’s Film Festival! Kids of all ages were thrilled to receive a free copy of Lynn Reid Banks’ The Indian in the Cupboard and we gave away every single copy we had before the sold-out screening. We’ll also gave away two fantastic $100 Bookmans gift baskets, filled to the brim with book & movie pairs of our favorite children’s stories, special Bookmans merchandise, and a $50 Bookmans gift certificate! The lucky recipients were thrilled beyond words – just check out those smiles.
Due to concerns about the weather, the Chamber of Commerce buying & selling event in Flagstaff has been canceled for today, August 7th. We'll be back next weekend (weather permitting) for more buying & selling, but for now, stay dry & safe! Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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