Bluebird Houses

Do you want to know how to maintain bluebird houses? Do you want to know why? Learn why bluebirds can be your most wonderful feeder friend without a huge amount of effort. Byrd’s Books welcomes Kate Pratt on Tuesday March 20th at 7:00pm from the Audubon Society at Bent of the River to explain how to attract bluebirds and how to maintain their houses. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

Light refreshments will be served. Related books will be available.

Art Exhibit with Polly Castor through Valentine’s Day

You are invited to view the art at Byrd’s Books by Polly Castor. This exhibit will be up through Valentine’s Day.

About the artist:  Polly is a Christian Science Practitioner, an Artist, a Photographer, a Poet, a veteran homeschooling mother, a wife, a cook, a thought leader, a traveler, a nature lover, a reader, a peacemaker, and a former Structural Engineer.

Shop & Sip

Do you like to shop for the holidays at the last minute? We’ve got you covered!
Enjoy a relaxing evening of shopping and sipping….wine or soda….and we will wrap your purchases for you. So, join us on Friday (12/22) evening any time between 5pm and 8pm and we will take care of your last minute shopping needs. Oh, and did I mention that you will have in-store specials for just that evening at the same time?
Click on the link to register so we have plenty of refreshments on hand…thanks.

Holiday Hours

Our Holiday Hours are:

Sunday 12/31: 12-3pm

Closed New Year’s Day (private event in the store)

We resume regular hours on Tuesday January 2nd.

Of course our online ordering is open 24 hours-a-day and ALWAYS 20% off ALL titles. Need a digital audiobook? We have them with– and it works on all devices! Want to order a book for store delivery? Click the tab on the top right side of the page!







About The Great Backyard Bird Count in the Year of the Bird!

Do you want to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count? Would you like to find out why it is important? Join us on Tuesday February 13th at 7:00pm to learn about and prepare for the bird count that takes place from February 16-19th. Kate Pratt from the Audubon Center at Bent of the River will help us understand just how important this is to the future of birds in our area. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

*How is the information from the GBBC used?
Bird populations are constantly changing. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to keep track of the complicated patterns of movement of species around the world. The information from GBBC participants, combined with other surveys, helps scientists learn how birds are affected by environmental changes.  Read more…

Two great articles in the News Times by Robert Miller helped give background on the movement to help our bird friends. One article is on the Bird Count and the other discusses how birds and other animals manage to survive in cold weather.

Also, it is the Year of the Bird according to National Geographic Society! We are all-in to celebrate birds….or Byrds….:-)

We will have related books in stock for the event. Light refreshments served.

Byrd’s Books Celebrates our 6th birthday with The Fearless Baker!

TODAY!! Please join us for an afternoon of birthday fun on Sunday December 10th at 1:00pm. as we celebrate Byrd’s Books 6th birthday! Author Erin McDowell (Fearless Baker, Food52 food column) will join us to discuss her book, The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro.

If you choose to bake for the event from the book, you will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Byrd’s Books when you bring your goodie to the event. The author will get the chance to sample your efforts, as will the rest of the group! Boxes will be available for taking home the fruits of your baking efforts. It’s the holidays!! Books will be available October 24th for sale in the store, and through the link below. Boxes can be purchased for a $10 fee, which will be directly donated to DAWS, our local no-kill shelter.

The event is free, but registration is strongly suggested. We reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. Save a spot and register HERE.

About the book:

Read the New York Time article calling the Fearless Baker one of the ten best baking books of 2017!!!

When people see Erin McDowell frost a perfect layer cake, weave a lattice pie crust, or pull a rich loaf of brioche from the oven, they often act as though she’s performed culinary magic. “I’m not a baker,” they tell her. But in fact, expert baking is not at all unattainable, nor is it as inflexible as most people assume. The key to freedom is to understand the principles behind how ingredients interact and how classic methods work. Once these concepts are mastered, favorite recipes can be altered and personalized almost endlessly.

With the assurance born out of years of experience, McDowell shares insider tips and techniques that make desserts taste as good as they look. With recipes from flourless cocoa cookies and strawberry-filled popovers (easy), through apple cider pie and black-bottom creme brulee (medium), to a statuesque layer cake crowned with caramelized popcorn (difficult), and “Why It Works,” “Pro Tip,” and make-ahead sidebars with each recipe, this exciting, carefully curated collection will appeal to beginning and experienced bakers alike.

About the author: 

Erin Jeanne McDowell writes a biweekly baking column for Food52, where she is a Baking Consultant at Large. She is the recipe editor for PureWow and a food stylist for Sift. She has styled desserts for more than sixty cookbooks and dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as for billboard and TV ads. She lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.





Victoria Price joins us to share her new book, “The Way of Being Lost”

Please join us on Saturday February 17th at 3:00pm as we celebrate the release of Victoria Price’s new book, “The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self

To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:

Despite doing “all the right things” to successfully rebuild her life and her finances after a period of deep personal and professional turmoil where she lost almost everything, Victoria Price still felt something profoundly missing from her life. Her new book, THE WAY OF BEING LOST: A Road Trip to My Truest Self (Ixia, February 14, 2018, Hardcover, eBook), is a heartfelt, candid account of rediscovering her joy and purpose after years of struggle, confusion and hopelessness.

As a child, Victoria’s mother was terrified of her daughter’s free-spirited-ness, and tried to rein it in with common sense and tough love. As an adult still following her mother’s “rules”, she not only had lost her money, her home, and her relationship, she had also lost her self. Realizing she literally had nothing left to lose, Victoria understood that in order to live her truest life, she had to be willing to find a way to let go of her fears and the nagging voice in the back of her head.

Embarking on a metaphoric and literal road trip to find her way home to her truest self, Victoria chose to become intentionally homeless. Along the way, she learned how to reprogram the messages she had internalized, taking inspiration from her father Vincent Price’s example: his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life. As she got to know her father again through attending horror conventions and celebrations of his life, Victoria decided to live as what she came to call THE WAY OF BEING LOST. Victoria learned how to reincorporate her father’s joie de vivre into her own life journey.

About the author:

Victoria Price is the author of the critically acclaimed Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography. A popular inspirational speaker on topics ranging from art collecting and design to creativity and spirituality, as well as the life of her famous father, Price has appeared on Good Morning America, A&E’s Biography, and NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Her work has been featured in USA TodayPeopleTravel & LeisureArt & Auction, and The New York Times.

Reviews for “the Way of Being Lost”:

“Discovering the religious perspective of interspirituality proved to be decisive in Price’s growth and healing, and she offers a five-step process to help others “release qualities that may once have served us but no longer do. Heartfelt testimony of an arduous search for self-affirmation that will appeal to fellow seekers. “ – Kirkus Reviews

“As one who’s lost his way more than a few times, I found this book true to the bone, hopeful to the core, and wonderfully well-written. Victoria Price tells a personal story so brilliantly it allows her readers to shine a bright light on their own experiences of getting lost. In a world of so many lost souls, she points the way to true north.” – Parker J. Palmer, Author of Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, and On the Brink of Everything

“The Way of Being Lost takes us on the most exquisite journey that one can take—the road home to one’s true self… told through the particular lens of the author’s life. Though it takes great courage to make this trip, the rewards are beyond measure. And in the case of The Way of Being Lost, the journey is beautifully told, universally relevant, and deeply meaningful.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age

“Too often we think that to lead a spiritual life requires doing everything right. That is not just a tall order, it is an erroneous one. Spirituality is about a quest for a home in love, which we will find when we finally recognize that our truest selves are calling us home. As Victoria Price knows, this journey may come later than we hoped, but it bears the fruit of our life experience, and takes its own time to ripen. This beautiful recounting of Victoria’s voyage shows us a path for discovering the Third Way and living it fully.” – Fr. Richard Rohr, Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

Our 2017 Holiday Catalog is here!

Our Holiday Catalogue is HERE– follow this link to check out these great book ideas for the holidays!!

Bethel Community Earth Day

Join us as we participate in Bethel’s town-wide celebration of Earth Day. Initiated by the First Congregational Church, we will host activities and specials throughout the day. The shops along Greenwood Avenue will have in-store specials and activities to coincide with the activities throughout Bethel.

From the church:

Join our Bethel community on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as we celebrate Earth Day by coming together to build and support a healthy environment.

The Bethel Community Earth Day event, which will be hosted on the lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center, will include local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, craftspeople, farmers, animals and animal lovers, and others who are dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet.

Bethel Community Earth Day will be a day for fun, learning, growth, and community-building for people of all ages. It is co-sponsored by the Town of Bethel, Bethel Parks & Recreation, and the First Congregational Church of Bethel.

Winterfest (11/24) and Small Business Saturday with Indies First (11/25)

Winterfest takes place in Bethel’s downtown throughout the day on Friday November 24th. To learn more about the schedule for the day check out here.

#ShopSmall in Bethel on Small Business Saturday-Saturday November 25th.

Here is a link to the page to tell you about all the special sales and events of the day!