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Paper Bag Princess Day!
March 6

To celebrate, Jen read the storyon Facebook Live! (Because of copyright restrictions, the video had to be removed March 7.)

Hear Robert Munsch reflect on his book.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
March 20

We welcomed spring by sharing sticker sheets related to the beloved book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children were welcome, but we also gave stickers to parents or grandparents to take home.

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Night In was virtual this year, and it was fun to have people from all over the country join us! Folks from Florida, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio, California, and all over Minnesota were part of the group. Half of Jen and Sally’s book talks are in February newsletter's Staff Picks; the rest will be in next month’s newsletter. Books are available in the store and at our online store. Special thanks to Jason Gobble, a Random House rep, for joining us, and to Tom Geraedts, our tech guy!
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Small Business Saturday
November 28

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. At Beagle and Wolf, we rolled out the blue carpet! We bagged purchases in a free tote (while supplies lasted) and offer a free book with any purchase. As always, we offered complimentary gift wrapping.

2018 tree in Park RapidsPark Rapid’s traditional tree lighting
November 27

The store was open for an hour after the conclusion of the tree lighting.

Our first virtual event: An Evening with Lin and Tom!
November 12

Minnesota authors Lin Enger (Undiscovered Country and The High Divide) and Tom Maltman (The Night Birds and Little Wolves) each have a new book which was released in October. The books have similar settings—extremist religious groups in northern Minnesota—we enjoyed a lively conversation. Lin’s book is American Gospel; Tom’s is The Land.

Signed copies of both books are available at the store. We’d be glad to ship them to you.

American Gospel book coverLin EngerThe Land book coverTom Maltman

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Banned Books Week

September 27 to October 3, 2020

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

During Banned Books Week we displayed a variety of banned books, some of them quite surprising!

book coverIndependent Bookstore Day
August 29

More than mere stores, independent bookstores are community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Sally and Jen wearing 2019 Independent Bookstore t-shirts
In a world of tweets, algorithms, and digital downloads, bookstores areliving, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. And they are at your service.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Oops, this year it was postponed to August 29! It was different from previous years, but still an important celebration of independent bookstores.

book coverAlison McGhee
May 4

It was a Facebook Live event, and we’re selling her new book in conjunction with it. Contact us if you’d like a copy.

The Opposite of Fate is an intense and moving exploration of the decisions we make—and don’t make—that forever change the course of our lives.

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Dennis E. Staples
March 7

We welcomed Dennis Staples to celebrate the publication of his first book, This Town Sleeps.

Dennis StaplesStaples is an Ojibwe writer from Bemidji and a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in fiction. He is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation. Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways story, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

The Paper Bag Princess
March 7

Pam in paper crown book coverPam threw a party for our 40th Anniversary of the beloved children's book The Paper Bag Princess! The book is an empowering story about a Princess who embarks on a journey to save Prince Ronald from a fearsome dragon! We read the story and shared in fun activities!

Seven paper bag portraits by kids

Here’s a trailer for the 40th anniversary celebration!

Night In logoNight In/Morning In
Saturday, February 8/Sunday, February 9

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Night In/Morning had everything you love about the event:

Recommendations of great books! 
The company of other booklovers!
Goody bags filled with bookish swag!

Ssave the date! February 5th 2020: World Read Aloud Day illustration, LitWorld, and Scholoastic 100 logos
Jen holding books that should be read aloud!World Read Aloud Day

February 5

We celebrated World Read Aloud Day by reading aloud with each child who came in the store. Go here for ideas on how to celebrate at home or school.


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We do inventory the first Sunday after the new year. Family, staff, and volunteers combine to get everything counted and have some fun. We provide lunch and give volunteers the staff discount for the day.

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