Byrd’s Books Summer Bookmark Contest- May 1st-31st

Design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book! You could win a Gift Certificate for $25.00 and 25 of your bookmarks in print for you to give to friends and WE will pass out the five winning designs all summer! The contest runs the month of May and will be judged by Bethel Arts.

ONE winning bookmark will be produced from EACH of the following 5 categories:

Pre-K – 3rd Grades, 4th – 5th Grades6th -8th Grades, 9th -12th Grades and an Adult category!

Note- the size of the space for the bookmark is actually 2 inches wide by 6 inches high.

Click HERE for form.

Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Byrd’s Books by Friday May 31st at end of day.

 

 

 

 

 

Byrd’s Books is closed Sunday April 21st

We are closed Sunday April 21st in order to spend the Easter holiday with family. We extend our best wishes to you this weekend, whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, Palm Sunday or simply enjoy the beautiful spring day. We will se you when we re-open on Tuesday.

Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose at Byrd’s Books

In Celebration of National Nurses’ Week, join us at Byrd’s Books for a reading from a new anthology “Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose” on May 10, 2019  7 p.m.

What is it like to be a student nurse? What are the joys, the stresses, the transcendent moments, the fall-off-your-bed laughing moments, and the terrors that have to be faced and stared down?  And how might nurses, looking back, relate these experiences in ways that bring these memories to life again, demonstrating how nursing education has changed and yet remained the same?

To save a spot, click HERE. The event is free, but registering does help me put out enough chairs!

Join these nurse-writers as they read from their work in this one-of-a-kind anthology from Kent State University Press:

Amanda Anderson, MSN, MPA, RN, Associate Director of Care Transitions, Mount Sinai Health System and Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing.

Cortney Davis, MA., APRN, Poet Laureate of Bethel; Editor and Annotator for the NYU Literature and Medicine Database.

Jeanne LeVasseur, APRN, PhD, Professor of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, CT.

Frances Smalkowski, CSFN, PMHCNS-BC-retired; BCC, Director of Pastoral Care at St. John Paul II Center in Danbury, Ct.

 

 

Tony Abbott brings The Great Jeff to Byrd’s Books May 11th at 2:00pm

Byrd’s Books welcomes Tony Abbot on Saturday May 11th back to Byrd’s Books to talk about and sign copies of his new book, The Great Jeff. To save a spot, or save a copy of the book, click HERE.

About the book:

Perfect for fans of Gary D. Schmidt comes the companion to the modern classic Firegirl.

Life hasn’t been great for Jeff Hicks. After years at his beloved St. Catherine’s, he’s forced to spend eighth grade in the public middle school, which he hates. He’s no longer speaking to his former best friend, Tom Bender, because of “that burned girl” Jessica Feeney. But worst of all, his family is changing, and it’s not for the better.When his mom comes home announcing that she’s lost her job, Jeff begins to worry about things far beyond his years: How will they pay the rent? Will his absentee dad step up and save the day? Is his mom drinking too much? And ultimately, where will they live? The Great Jeff is a powerful look at the life of a troubled boy who finds his life spiraling out of control. (ages 8-12)

The Great Jeff has received:

Publisher’s Weekly “Noteworthy Novel Sequels March 2019”

A star given to books of special distinction by the The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Goodreads reviews, Kirkus review, Review, and review.

About the author:

Tony Abbott is the author of over a hundred books for young readers, including the bestselling series the Secrets of Droon and the Copernicus Legacy and the novel, Firegirl. Tony has worked in libraries, bookstores, and a publishing company, and has taught creative writing. He has two grown daughters and lives in Connecticut with his wife and two dogs.

Note: One of Byrd’s Books staff pick favorites is Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott!

Easter Story Time & Craft Time Wednesday at 10

On Wednesday April 17th we will have Easter stories for little ones at Byrd’s Books is followed by Craft Time at The Toy Room.

No registration is required and all ages are welcome. We usually read to ages 2-5 years old, but will read stories catered to the ages that attend that morning!

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 27th!

Byrd’s Books is thrilled to participate in the 5th annual Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, refreshments, kids events, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

 

Some of the exclusive Independent BookstoreDay merchandise:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signings:

SIGNINGS: James Smith will be at the store from 1:00-2:30pm to sign his book, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits”. Sharon Struth will be here from 2:30-4:00pm to sign her chapter of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog: 101 Tales of Family, Friendship & Fun”

 

SPECIAL ITEMS: On Saturday April 27th, all day, we will have special merchandise and store specials throughout the day in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.

FREE LISTENING: Also, Libro.fm will be giving away FREE digital audiobooks to folks who visit us during the day- wow!! Learn more by asking at the store.

CT BOOK CRAWL: In addition, Connecticut Bookstores have a scavenger hunt that could get you a total of $850 in gift certificates to Connecticut’s bookstores! Visit all 17 stores in two days to get qualified!! (see details below).

 

Connecticut Book Crawl RULES AND PRIZES:

• This event takes place over IBD weekend (Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th) during each bookstore’s business hours.

  • Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 17 bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day.
  • Participants must visit ALL bookstores to qualify for the passport prize and gain entry to win a Grand Prize.
  • No purchase is required to participate.
  • Each participating bookstore will issue an original stamp/sticker in the passport during your visit.
  • Upon completion of the passport, a bookseller at the final stop will review the stamps and confirm your eligibility to win. You will be asked to fill out a form with your contact information, which will be used to mail Passport Prizes and for entry into the Grand Prize.

• Participants can finish their passport at ANY of the stores and are welcome to keep their passports.

Passport Prize: A coupon from each of the 17 participating stores for 20% off a purchase on a future visit (some exclusions apply). Awarded to everyone who completes the passport by visiting ALL 17 participating bookstores!

Grand Prize: One $50 gift certicate to each of the 17 participating bookstores (a $850 value), awarded to five, randomly-drawn Passport Prize winners.

Click HERE for the passport and have two days of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closed due to weather

We are closing early Tuesday February 12th at 3:00pm due to weather conditions. We hope you have plenty of books to read on your snow day!! Our website is open 24/7 for special orders, or you may call the store and leave a message. Remember, our audiobook service Libro.fm has audiobooks that work on all devices, no matter what the weather!

See you on Wednesday when we open regular hours.

Love Poetry February 15th at 7:00pm

Come to Byrd’s Books for Read a Love Poem Night! We will gather Friday February 15th at 7:00pm to read poetry that celebrates love: love of another, love of the Earth, love of a pet…any love. Pick a poem or two by ANY poet that you would like to share and we will read them out loud. If lots of folks attend, each person reads one poem. If only a few show up, we will each read 2-3 poems. We love poetry.

Light refreshments- Literary tea (Simpson & Vail) and cookies.

Registering helps me put out enough chairs, but doesn’t commit you to reading…:-)

Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits on March 7th

We welcome James Herbert Smith for a discussion and signing of his book, Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits on Thursday March 7th at 7:00pm. Joining Jim will be three women profiled in the book, Linda Tuccio-Koonz, Jacky Smith and Jane Stern. To save a spot or pre-order a book click HERE.

About the book:

Newspaper columns by women journalists published in Connecticut newspapers from the 1950s to the present day (including a flashback to 1828) cover a spectrum of topics, including art, fashion, nature, open government, politics, health care, sports and high society events. Each is a singular voice. Collectively, the voices glimmer with facets of recent history, revealed with clarity, honesty, humor and vision.

 

 

 

About the women from the book attending the author event:

Linda Tuccio-Koonz, photo taken April 30, 2009 by Carol Kaliff

Linda Tuccio-Koonz followed her father into journalism. As a cub reporter in Maine in 1984, she helped the FBI solve a coed’s murder. In 2013, she was part of the writing team that captured a national award for a narrative on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Much of her career was at The News-Times in Danbury, where she served as the longtime features editor. She now writes entertainment features for Hearst Connecticut Media based in Norwalk. Her writing also has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday, as well as in “Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul.” She and her husband, Brian Koonz, have two sons. She feels lucky to have had the chance to record and reflect on some of their early shenanigans in a series of parenting columns.

 

Jacqueline (Jacky) Smith, Danbury News-Times managing editor
April 30, 2010

Jacqueline Smith, Hearst Connecticut Media editorial page editor of The News-Times in Danbury and The Norwalk Hour, began her journalism career as a part-time Hartford Courant correspondent with a high school education. Mid-career she earned a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University, summa cum laude; and a master’s degree in writing with honors from Wesleyan University. She has taught Journalism at the University of Hartford and SCSU. Her first full-time reporting position was with The Day of New London, where she won first place in the New England AP News Executive Association for her investigations into wrongdoing in the management of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp. in Groton. Jacky was a business writer and columnist for the New Haven Register. As a reporter at the Record-Journal in Meriden, her investigation into the dearth of minority teachers in the Wallingford School district, outlining how officials skipped over black and Latino candidates, earned her first place in the National Education Writers annual competition. She also served as city editor and assistant managing editor at the Record-Journal, managing editor of The News-Times and editor of the New Milford Spectrum. Her columns and editorials have won several first, second and third place awards from CT SPJ and from New England journalism organizations. She and her husband, James (the editor of this book), have four daughters.

 

Jane Grossman Stern specializes in books about travel, food, and popular culture. She writes a regular column for Hearst CT Media. With her former husband Michael Stern, they are best known for their Roadfood books, website, and magazine columns, in which they find road food restaurants serving classic American regional specialties and review them. Starting their hunt for regional American food in the early 1970s they were the first food writers to recognize that this food was as worthy to report as was the haute cuisine of other nations. Their book Square Meals (Knopf 1985) put comfort foods like mac and cheese, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes on the culinary map. Jane grew up in New York City where she attended the Walden School and received a BFA in graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jane earned an MFA in painting from Yale. In addition to their food writing, the Sterns have written books on American popular culture, including The New York Times bestselling Elvis World (1987) and The Encyclopaedia of Bad Taste (1990). In all, they have written over 30 books. They were staff writers for Gourmet magazine for 18 years. They are regular guests on American Public Media’s public radio program, The Splendid Table. They have won numerous awards, including James Beard awards. The couple divorced in 2008. Jane Stern now lives in Ridgefield. They still write as a team. In 2011 they published The Lexicon of Real American Food and Jane Stern published a book on her little known but long-standing career as a tarot card reader. cuisine of other nations. Their book Square Meals (Knopf 1985) put comfort foods like mac and cheese, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes on the culinary map. Jane grew up in New York City where she attended the Walden School and received a BFA in graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jane earned an MFA in painting from Yale. In addition to their food writing, the Sterns have written books on American popular culture, including The New York Times bestselling Elvis World (1987) and The Encyclopaedia of Bad Taste (1990). In all, they have written over 30 books. They were staff writers for Gourmet magazine for 18 years. They are regular guests on American Public Media’s public radio program, The Splendid Table. They have won numerous awards, including James Beard awards. The couple divorced in 2008. Jane Stern now lives in Ridgefield. They still write as a team. In 2011 they published The Lexicon of Real American Food and Jane Stern published a book on her little known but long-standing career as a tarot card reader.

 

 

Attracting Birds By Season

Have you ever wondered what to plant to keep birds coming back to your garden? Did you ever wonder what is their favorite food to plant? Kate Pratt from The Audubon Center at Bent of the River with share with us the secret of favorite bird plantings!
Open to all, please register.

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