Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Drive for BookSpring

We were recently approached by the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (http://austin.scbwi.org/) and asked if we would help them raise books for BookSpring (http://www.bookspring.org/), a local Austin based charity which promotes childhood literacy.  We thought it would be a great idea and wondered if some of their members would be interested in coming out and helping us.  They said they would be happy to and a plan was hatched.

We have recently created a display of Austin SCBWI member books at the shop and we are working on having all of the authors over for a book signing to celebrate.  You can come in at any time and purchase a book off the display to donate BookSpring and not only will the book get donated, but The Book Spot will be donating proceeds, from the sale, to BookSpring as well.  Then you can also come to the book signing and pick up signed copies for yourself, family and friends!  Proceeds from those sales will also go to BookSpring!

Help us bring the gift of LITERACY to kids in the Austin area this Holiday Season!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Hours

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have so much to be thankful for this year, but we are most thankful for the wonderful customers that have made this year our best year yet! We are also very thankful for all the new help we have been getting around the shop. The shop looks awesome and is full of great gift ideas. We will highlight some in the weeks to come, but first we want to let you know about this weekend.

We are closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We know you will be camping out at the Best Buy on Friday, so we'll sleep in and rest up. On Saturday we will open at 9 am and be giving away 20 of our new shopping bags to our first 20 customers. We are also going to stuff a coupon in each bag. Be one of the first 20 people on Saturday and see what you get!

We have been busy stocking up the shop with calendars and great gift books.  We have also been busy taking half off more than 50% of our new book inventory. That's right, this weekend, you can buy most of our new books at used prices! Shop and save at The Book Spot this small business Saturday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lee Bacon - Oct 30 @ 6:30pm

Earlier this year, I got a call from my friend Adam Gidwitz and he said I had to meet this author friend of his, Lee Bacon. I had seen Lee's book, Joshua Dread, around the shop, so I knew about him a little, but this made me pick up the book and check it out.  Right from the beginning, I was hooked.  I passed the book around to a couple of our librarian fiends and they insisted that we get Lee into Round Rock for some school visits.

As luck would have it, he was going to be down in Texas in November and he was fine piggy backing a few more visits, just so long as we had an awesome event in our shop for him.  He is here visiting our schools this week, so now it's our turn to do our part and have an awesome event for him.  Grab all of your friends and come out to The Book Spot on Thursday at 6:30 to talk about Joshua Dread and meet Lee Bacon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Grandfather Gandhi Texas Tour 10/27 @ 6:30p

After spending a great weekend at the Texas Book Festival, Arun Gandi and Bethany Hegedus start their Texas Tour at The Book Spot on Monday Oct 27 at 6:30pm.  We will have a short discussion with Arun and Bethany, then take a couple of questions before we hold the signing.  In order to get a book signed, please plan on buying it at The Book Spot.  Buying author books at The Book Spot helps insure that authors keep coming back the Book Spot and helps us keep the lights on.  Thank you for your support!

Monday, August 11, 2014

End of Summer Middle Grade FUN! - Aug 18 @ 6:30pm

This summer has gone by way too quickly!  Before the summer totally slips away, we wanted to have one final Hurrah! for all of middle grade Top Spotters!  We've gotten in touch with five (yes 5!!) awesome authors to come talk to us and each other!

Tara Dairman, debut author of All Four Stars is coming in from Colorado, while Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice, is making it to the Book Spot from New York!  We've also invited three of our local favorites, Jennifer Ziegler (Revenge of the Flower Girls), Nikki Loftin (Nightingale's Nest), and KA Holt(Rhyme Schemer)!  This will be a great time for all of our readers from grade four and up with a little something for everyone.

You can find out more about the event on our facebook page at:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1518337081714969/

If you can't make it, but would still like to get a book signed, you can call us or swing by our on-line store at:  http://shop.juliesbookspot.com/collections/824362-middle-grade-fun


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Story-time starts Monday @ 11am

Join us for our summer story time at 11am at the shop.  To kick things off, we have Janee Trasler, author of the Chickies Series including the latest, Dinnertime for Chickies. 

These are fun stories and the story time will include a little puppet show, some singing, and a lot of good times. 

Join us each Monday at 11am!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Great Greene Challenge

Rarely do we see people get really excited about books, but once in a while THAT book comes around.  We're excited to know the author of THAT book that comes out this May... our very own local author, Varian Johnson.  His new book, The Great Greene Heist has gotten the twitterverse aflutter with excitement and the promise of a great Middle Grade book. 


There is even a Great Greene Heist Challenge that was first issued by author Kate Messner.  Now you won't see our name thrown around in a lot of the articles about this Great Greene Challenge, because frankly, although people like to talk about "Indie" bookstores, they still love to see really big chain-like stores, like our friends at BookPeople, and often overlook the truely unique mom and pop style independent bookstores like us, BUT HERE IS WHERE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We have the best customers in the world!  We have a great audiance for Middle School and Middle Grade books! We can pre-sell and hand-sell a lot of Varian's books.  We can spread the word on how WONDERFUL a book The Great Greene Heist is and how easy it is to get a signed copy at The Book Spot.  With your help, we can make the Top 10 locations of books sold.  Can you help?  Will you?  You can pre-order a copy of The Great Greene Heist at the shop or if you aren't around Round Rock & Pflugerville, you can order online and we will ship it for just $0.99 cents. 

Want to read the story behind The Great Greene Heist??  You can here: The Kelsey Job

Finally, late this summer or early in the fall, we will have a big party to celebrate The Great Greene Heist and our TOP 10 FINISH (will we be #1??).  Any spoils we get, we will share at the party.  There is some pretty sweet stuff up for grabs! Share a great book, support books with people of color and a wide range of diversity AND support your local book shop! 

Please share!