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Do You Have Your Vacation Read(s)?

Summer! Are you going on vacation, sending the kids off to camp, or facing a few weeks with a wide-open calendar? (Don't we wish!) Come by and let us help you stock up on new books to read. 

With the hot weather, our list this month features steamy light reads, perfect for the beach or hammock! It's combined with our ongoing list of Hot Summer Reads. And be sure to stop by and tell us what's on your list this month.

Get Caught Reading and Find Waldo

This summer, join us at The Bookstore for a few activities to keep children and adults engaged. Our Get Caught Reading challenge continues throughout summer. And July 1-31 is our Find Waldo Local scavenger hunt in participating stories. 

  • Get Caught Reading, our summer reading reward program, begins June 1. Stop in to pick up your reading form and read 10 books that are new to you. When your form is all filled in, exchange it at The Bookstore for a paperback book of your choice from our store stock! Not just for kids, this program welcomes adults to also participate in our summer reading challenge. 

  • Find Waldo in Glen Ellyn is here. Come in to The Bookstore to get your passport with instructions. The little Waldo standees are "hiding" in 25 downtown businesses, and the Wenda standee can only be found  in The Bookstore. This family-friendly scavenger hunt will end on July 31.

  • Waldo Party on Aug. 2: Participants in the Find Waldo Local game are invited to join us for the Find Waldo Party at 2 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 2. We will award prizes to eligible participants. For details, stop in the The Bookstore or call us at 630-469-2891.

Sidewalk Sale July 20-23

Our Annual Sidewalk Sale is your chance to nab the best bargains from your favorite Glen Ellyn stores. It begins Thursday, July 20, and runs through Sunday, June 23. At The Bookstore, discover those can't-live-without books on sale at 25% to 40% off retail prices. You won't want to miss Jane's stupendous unannounced 2-hour flash sales, such as: All books with yellow covers are half price? Your age is your discount? We really never know what she'll think up!

Bookstore Gives Back

Here are the nonprofit organizations we supported in June: All Souls Church, Glenbard West High School Football, Wheaton College, Buttons & Bows Preschool.

Author Appearances

MICHAEL SHERECK will sign copies of hIs book "Berwyn Rules" at 1 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 5.  Mike will share the leadership secrets of 26th Street. He owns a performance, transition and leadership coaching business in LaGrange.

What's in Renee's Book Bag?

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If you're like us, you probably already have a book bag that you're loading up for summer vacation reading. This month, Jane tells us what's in her book bag. Find more titles in Renee's Book Bag here.

Tournament of Books

The Morning News' Tournament of Books. And the winner is: The Underground Railroad. 

But the real news is that our very own Jenny Fischer and Sue Kowalski were featured on the national platform as judges. They provided guest commentary on March 16 about "The Nix" vs. "We Love You, Charlie Freeman." Check out their full commentary here

Reading Club Night recommendations

Did you miss our 2017 Reading Club Night when we offer suggestions for book clubs? No worries, we have our complete list of 2017 Reading Club Night recommendations saved here. We had a lively chat with book group members that night so be sure to watch for our next Reading Club Night. In the meantime, stop in the store and our knowledgeable staff will share some discussion topics for these books.

Decomposition Books

New at The Bookstore this month: spiral and clothbound notebooks from Decomposition Book® in a variety of decorative covers, from teacups to peacocks to sloths. All have 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages printed with soy ink, and are made in the USA. A must-see item for those tween and teen Easter baskets!

Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address:

Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.

What We're Talking About This Month

► July Staff Picks: Jenny (who will never retire from reading) chose "Celine."

July Book Club Picks including the Historical Society book club's pick "Once in a Great City."

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

Books Heard on NPRHunger, You Don't Have to Love Me, The Changeling, So Much Blue

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide

Coming Attractions

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We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 


Find Waldo

The Bookstore is proud to bring back a Glen Ellyn tradition: Find Waldo. Starting July 1 and running the month of July, children are invited to participate in this fun scavenger hunt.