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It's the final round of gathering your resolutions. Week four was just as strong as the first and now it's time for us to get to work. These creative and honest responses from you are a result of our call for your New Year's resolutions. All three Tucson locations chose their top 10 resolutions this week that most closely met the criteria of positive phrasing and nothing about debt or weight. We hope these resolutions have inspired you to create some of your own or to follow suit. Good luck and God speed to all who have their resolutions to keep them in the new year.
It's on like Donkey Kong! Announcing Family Game Night done right from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at Bookmans Speedway. We know families like to save money while splurging on fun. If that hits close to your home, come on down for family game night where the games are provided. With no cost to play, you can splurge on fun while keeping your wallet fat.
Can you believe we have done the reading challenge for 5 years? Whew, and boy oh boy do we have a treat for you this Saturday. For this celebration we pulled out all the stops to keep you entertained while at the same time mind you, kicking-off the 2011 Bookmans Reading Challenge. If anyone knows how to juggle fun it's us. This Saturday, Feb. 5 at all three Tucson locations we are celebrating the love of reading in all sorts of fashions. Pick one or go to all three -- they're just that cool.
Our favorite Hodge Podge heroine Megan hosted our monthly in-store craft workshop on Saturday, Jan. 22. Armed with ideas, bursting with creativity and trimmed in an ultra chic cupcake apron, Megan set about teaching others her love of decoupaging and mad craft skills. In acknowledgement of the New Year the focus was on organizing and putting those resolutions in motion.
Bookmans Flagstaff will host Read-To-Me storytime for babies, toddlers and tots Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., beginning Feb. 4. Ideal for the baby-through preschool crowd, the storytime will be held in the kids’ area and will include snacks, juice boxes and a coloring activity to go with the reading! This is a great way to meet other parents, let the young ones socialize and introduce your kids to reading and literacy outside your home. All the events are free and everyone is welcome. Each week will have a theme, like music, colors, ABCs, 1-2-3s and other fun and educational topics. We hope to see you there!
This week in Ticket Tuesdays, The Loft Cinema presents another wacky 1980s cult classic in Repo Man. Odd that on the one hand Repo Man is considered wacky and on the other an essential punk culture film, but that's the nature of late-night cult classics.
You don't need sand, an umbrella and a beach blanket to enjoy a trashy read and neither do we. For Bookmans Love of Reading month, we've polled staff members at a few of our locations about their guilty pleasures. Let's see if the vibe you get at your favorite store is reflected in the tastes of our staff.
Guitars In the Classroom (GITC) provides educators an opportunity to integrate music-making in their daily curriculum. GITC aims to train teachers to integrate musical learning in lessons to encourage student engagement while promoting student achievement. As a long-time supporter of music in all forms and everywhere, we are pleased to announce that the next Beginners I sessions will be held in the community room at Bookmans Phoenix starting this Saturday, Feb. 5. Through this partnership, GITC can provide free classes to interested teachers. You are welcome to sign up here.
Westbound travelers on Grant can't help but notice the largest Happy Birthday card we've ever given. Bookmans Grant sports a huge mural commissioned for Bob Oldfather's 60th birthday as a surprise, which he discovered this morning on his way to a meeting. Clearly he appreciates the gesture.
Bob kisses his wife Amie Sue in front of his birthday mural created by artist Rocky Martinez.
After the meeting, we lured Bob to the Resource Center where we lay in wait for another surprise featuring food from Chaco's on Craycroft and the best darn raspberry lemon cheesecake made by Amie Sue, master of raw foods.
In a toast, we reflected on how closely-knit we are as team and a family. This leadership comes from the top. As we wish Bob Oldfather the best birthday thus far, we also thank him for all he has done for each of us and for our communities.
Now that we have settled into our gorgeous new store and everyone is learning their way around, we’re initiating a handful of events that folks can count on each week or each month. Here’s the shortlist:
* Every Friday at 10 a.m. -- Toddlers and Tots Storytime and coloring activity with Miss Kate.
* Every first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. -- Chuck Cheesman’s Dancing with No Shoes On children's interactive music show for toddlers and tots.
* Every second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. -- Knit Wits knitting group -- beginners are welcome and yarn is free!
Fall in love with this week's Ticket Tuesday offering as The Loft Cinema presents 1989's cult classic Say Anything. Oh, the trench coats, the high tops, the darkly mysterious sport of kick boxing! Let's not forget the boom box that melted the heart of every rooster banged teenager in the theater and set an impossibly high standard of romance for their potential beaus.
In the lavish world premiere comedy of Ten Chimneys, we discover what every Broadway star already knows -- the real drama happens when the curtain is down. We want you to be our guest at an Arizona Theater Company's production of Ten Chimneys where you can witness what can happen behind the scenes.
The Ignite phenomenon setting this and other countries on fire will light up Phoenix this Friday, Feb. 11 and Bookmans will be there with smart phone in hand. Ignite Phoenix, where passionate speakers have five minutes to share what has set their hearts, minds or souls ablaze, is recognized as one of the more tech-savvy groups, connected via Twitter and having a killer iPhone application. Some time back we had the opportunity to talk with Matthew Petro and Sara Dobie who volunteer their time to Ignite Phoenix.
Our Bookmans Mesa staff has crazy mad skills beyond stocking one of the finest gaming sections in town, meeting your reading requirements and providing the dulcet sounds for the perfect headbanger's ball. We can and will cook up our finest chili recipe for a good cause! Join our team of talented chili chefs this Saturday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Chester's Harley-Davidson's 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off.
Nerd or Geek? The question hangs in the air, but not for long. "Geek," says Mike Cox, the center of attention. Employees crammed into the breakroom at Bookmans Ina to celebrate ten years with Mike contemplated the question as we feasted on Italian food from local eatery Bianchi's. As it turns out, geekery suits Mike particularly well in his work behind the deal counter.
Geeking out is half the fun. But don't worry, we won't judge you. In fact while we are cool and hip on the outside, inside we are geeking out right along side you. Even the most literate among us find words fail when realizing success in the book/game/movie/music hunt. With this in mind, Bookmans Media Producer Harrison Kressler crafted our Ignite Phoenix 9 sponsorship video.
Bookmans beloved Chuck Cheesman, instructor for our popular Music in the Classroom (MIC) program, releases his latest recording this month with CD releases parties coming soon.
Bruises, bloody noses and black eyes. These ladies like it rough but they practice safe sacks with helmets, knee pads and mouth gear, and they proudly don their fashionably required uniforms. It's okay folks, these ladies are butt-kicking professionals. This Saturday with the first of three bouts starting at 4 p.m., the Tucson Convention Center is the place to be for the Tucson Roller Derby's whopping triple header. Tickets to this babelicious bout are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Don't forget to purchase their commemorative button.
OY! Where did the time go? Apologizes to all you Ticket Tuesday fans who expect to see your favorite feature of the week first thing Tuesday mornings. To make it up to you, this Ticket Tuesday we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at The Loft Cinema. (Really, that's still a pretty sweet deal.) This weekend we present the ground-breaking zombie flick 28 Days Later.
Bookmans proudly sponsors the 2011 Blues Blast Festival, an annual event hosted by the Phoenix Blues Society. We're so proud, in fact, that we want to take you with us and have two pairs of tickets to give to you. This year the Blues Blast has special significance as the Phoenix Blues Society celebrates 20 years as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting local and national music, Blues culture and heritage and arts education.
Coming off his band’s four wins at the Blues Music Awards for Band of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year and Hard Believer’s win for Contemporary Album of the Year, the Tommy Castro Band is back to headline the 20th anniversary of Blues Blast.
Here ye, here ye! For all of ye marooned on an island during last month's treasure hunt, in January we had five clever pirates use the clues and figure out that "X" marked the spot at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles. We've gained momentum since last month, so climb aboard before you're passed by. Here is the information you will need to get started:
Supporting local businesses strengthens our local economy, and a strong economy means a stronger community. As part of our committment to local businesses and the community, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a member of Local First Arizona. Their ShiftAZ campaign encouraging shopping at local businesses has inspired us to use our noggins, crank up our creativity and find a fun way to support other companies while bringing you added value. So here we go folks Bookmans' Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty. All aboard me mateys because we have set sail for adventure and prizes that even a scallywag wouldn’t hawk.
Parrot the Pirate made especially for Bookmans by Cartoonmonger Extraordinaire Ray Friesen.
One of the men behind our instantly recognizable orange bookshelves is Construction Assistant Lynn Steele. He’s not just a carpenter, he’s a general can-do man who also works on our electric vehicles and gives each of us a little cursing out now and then.
Bob Oldfather personally presents Lynn with his anniversary swag and shares stories not fit to print.
Join us tonight in the Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe for our monthly book chat with Regina and Desiree. This month’s theme is apocalyptic literature, and the discussion will focus around Margaret Atwood’s Orynx and Crake and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. We hope to see you at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 23) for the discussion!
Familiarity with these titles is preferable but not necessary. An interest in the topic is. Regina and Desiree anticipate that other texts such as Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and other books dealing with post-apocalyptic themes will enter the conversation.
If you've already made plans for tonight, make room on your calendar now for our next book chat in Flagstaff. We will host a themed discussion the last Wednesday evening of each month at 5:30 p.m in Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe. Regina and Desiree's book chat will focus on one adult book and one young adult title. If you have a theme or books you'd like to discuss, leave us a comment and we will address as many of your ideas as possible.
We've tracked over 350,000 books read by public school students in the state of Arizona in only one month. You guys knocked our socks off! We are impressed and humbled by the dedication, passion and hard work put forth by the students, teachers and parents to promote literacy and love of reading with the added bonus of the chance to win $15,000.
Click on image for individual school results.
[Drum roll please] The first-stage winners in all three markets with the highest average of books read per K-1 student in Tucson is Carden of Tucson, Weinberg Elementary in Mesa and Mountain School in Flagstaff! [Confetti rains from above, the horns blow and everybody cuts loose]. The party has only just begun because there are two more months to this challenge and you can bet these kids will read over one million books by the end of this party.
Continuing to promote literacy and a love of reading, we kicked off the fifth Bookmans' Reading Challenge on Jan. 17. This contest is Arizona statewide and open to any public or charter school that wants to participate. Schools are competing in this three month challenge to read as many books as possible and the school with the highest amount of books read per student wins $15,000.
T for Ticket Tuesday. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at The Loft Cinema. This weekend come see V for Vendetta, "an uncompromising vision of the future from the creators of 'The Matrix' trilogy" at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25 or Saturday, Feb. 26.
Chuck Cheesman will play his famous interactive kids’ music show Dancing With No Shoes On at 10 a.m. this Saturday in Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe. Toddlers and tots between one and five years old will love this event. Chuck keeps the kids dancing, singing ABCs and laughing. If you’ve never seen your two year-old pay attention to something for more than five minutes at a time, this is a chance to see Mr. Chuck’s magic at work. Parents can get coffee and snacks in the cafe while their toddlers enjoy a fun educational music and dance experience.
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