Independent Bookstore Day at Bank Street Book Store

 

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When I think about what makes my Upper West Side neighborhood so special at the tippy top of my list is Bank Street Book Store. Where else can you enjoy free story time, meet your favorite authors and illustrators, and help your children explore cultures and worlds far beyond the Upper West Side?

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Nothing makes me happier than to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Bank Street.

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Here are a few photographic highlights of this very special store on this special day.

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Peter Ackerman, Chris Grabenstein, Bill Wurzel & Claire Wurtzel

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Carol Weston 

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Elizabeth Zunon

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Me & Chris Ewald 

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Chris Ewald

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Chris Ewald sketching 

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Bank Street Book Store is a treasured gem of the Upper West Side. It is one of two children’s bookstores in all of Manhattan. That’s right. Two.

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The next generation of authors and illustrators

So, please be sure to make Independent Bookstore Day more than an annual event. At your next visit to Bank Street Book Store, don’t forget to buy lots of books and shout out a very big THANK YOU to this incredible bookstore for enriching both our children and community.

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Bank Street Book Store

Celebrating INDIES FIRST at Bank Street Book Store

 

It was a day of celebration at Bank Street Book Store, an INDIES FIRST select store. INDIES FIRST is a special day of reading in recognition of neighborhood bookstores. The date coordinates with Small Business Saturday by encouraging holiday shoppers to support independent booksellers, a most precious and valuable resource for all.

An all-star lineup of authors and illustrators came out in droves to support Bank Street on this very special day.

Here are some photographic highlights:

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Robie Harris

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Amy Hest 

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Chris Grabenstein 

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Vin Vogel 

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Gail Lauren Karp

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Todd Tarpley

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Patricia Lakin 

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Mike Curato and Steve Light

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Steve Light 

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A sneak peek of Steve Light’s new book, Swap! 

(Ahoy, Mateys! Swap! sails onto bookshelves February 2016)

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Yippee Skippee Puppet Theatre, starring Andrew Laties

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Julie Gribble from KidLit TV

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The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake on a shelf at Bank Street Book Store.  🙂

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Karin Lefranc and Dan Gutman 

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Monica Wellington 

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Daphne Benedis-Grab and Laura Pedersen

Thank you Bank Street Book Store for a terrific day.

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During this holiday season, please remember to support your neighborhood independent bookstore.

 

Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening

 

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It was a day of celebration for the Upper West Side, as Bank Street Book Store cut the red ribbon and opened its doors at its new location on 107th Street and Broadway. Children, parents, authors, illustrators, politicians, and friends of Bank Street from near and far came out in droves to show their love and support for the bookstore.

I am thrilled beyond words to have been a part of this great day.

Here are some highlights (contributing photography and videography by Zoe Newman Sachs, Donna Marie and Eric Pearl).

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 (Left to right) Council Member Mark Levine, Borough President Gale Brewer, Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky

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 A dream come true to see my book at Bank Street Book Store

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Jerry Pinkney 

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Rebecca Stead and me 

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Deborah Heiligman and Andrew Laties

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Betsy Bird 

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Robie Harris and Amy Hest

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 Shael Polakow-Suransky and Cynthia Weill

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Todd Tarpley

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Vin Vogel and me 

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Sandra Jordan 

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Donna Marie 

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Peter Lerangis 

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Me and Chris Grabenstein 

My niece, Zoe, is a HUGE fan of Chris Grabenstein. She couldn’t make it in time for his reading so he was kind enough to make this video for her.

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Jill Davis and James Grimaldi 

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Jill Davis and her adoring, super adorable fans

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Me and Jill Davis 

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Nina and Leslie Zampetti

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Mawrters in the House!

Annina Luck Wildermuth (Bryn Mawr ’84) and me (Bryn Mawr ’89) 

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Francoise Newman, Vanessa Rule (Bryn Mawr ’91), Hilary Newman (Bryn Mawr ’89) and Zoe Newman Sachs (Bryn Mawr Year T/B/D) 

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Rory Deutsch, Judith Meehan, and me

If you love Bank Street as much as I do, please show your support for the bookstore. Become a frequent customer, encourage friends, neighbors and family to become frequent customers, and become a friend of Bank Street Book Store. To learn more about how you can become a friend of Bank Street, please contact the store.

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Three cheers for Bank Street Book Store! Congratulations and thanks so much for a wonderful day!!!

Mark Your Calendars for Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening

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On March 7, 2015, Bank Street Book Store is having their Grand Opening at their new location at 2780 Broadway (corner of 107th Street and Broadway).

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am will be followed by an all day Story Time Festival featuring over twenty children’s book authors. Please come by to check out the new space, schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

Guest Authors:

Peter Ackerman

Meg Akabas

Betsy Bird

Jill Davis

Alix Delinois

Monica Edinger

Tim Federle

Isabel Gillies

Chris Grabenstein

Robie Harris

Deborah Heiligman

Amy Hest

Nina Jaffe

Sandra Jordan

Susan Kuklin

Patricia Lakin

Peter Lerangis

Carolyn Mackler

Robin Newman – Reading at 4:00 pm!!!

Jerry Pinkney

Doreen Rappaport

Chris Raschka

Jill Santopolo

Eliot Schrefer

Rebecca Stead

Rachel Vail

Cynthia Weill

Carol Weston

I will be reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015), at 4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!