New This Spring: The Bookworm Club

The Spellbound Bookworm Club is a book-of-the-month club that we’ll be launching in the spring. The perfect gift that keeps on giving… each month your child or teen will receive a book personally selected for him or her by Spellbound staff. It will arrive, gift-wrapped, with a card from you.

Subscriptions are available for either hardcover, paperback, or board books and with 6-month and 12-month options.

Details about the Spellbound Bookworm Book-of-the month club:

  • Each enrollment will begin with a questionnaire to find out more about our new member for future selections and an announcement card describing the book club to the new member and acknowledging the gift giver. Of course, a self-addressed, postage paid envelope is included to return the questionnaire to Spellbound.
  • Each selection arrives gift-wrapped and with a gift tag reminding the member who (you!) sent this wonderful gift.
  • Each delivery includes a postage-paid reply card to keep in touch and let us know the member’s opinion of the book. It will help us make better selections for that member and is also a chance for the member’s review to be published in our newsletter.
  • Each enrollment includes subscription to our quarterly Bookworm Club newsletter filled with book trivia, activities, and members’ reviews of the books they are reading.
  • We custom-select a book for each child—one that matches the child’s stated interests and reading level.
  • The child receives presents in the mail throughout the year!
  • We include a postage-paid reply card with each selection. Members can use the card to review the book they just received, make a special request, let us know they’re moving or just say “hi.”
  • If a family wants to return a selection for any reason, they just send the book back to us and we will arrange for a refund for that book, credit to your account or an exchange. (The book must be in brand-new, unread condition and we must be contacted within 2 business days of receiving the unwanted book.)
  • We’re always available to talk to families about their children’s reading.

A perfect gift for:

Children

Grandparents

Teachers

Adults who love books for kids & teens

The bookworm in your life!

Membership Options (Introductory Pricing)

Prices include shipping and handling. Tax will be added.

Hardcover Edition for 12 months $250.00

Hardcover Edition for 6 months $125.00

Paperback Edition for 12 months $140.00

Paperback Edition for 6 months $70.00

Board Book Edition (perfect for babies & toddlers!) for 12 months $140.00

Board Book Edition (perfect for babies & toddlers!) 6 months $70.00

Another option: HOLIDAY BOOK OF THE MONTH

You select 5 holidays + the recipient’s birthday month for a customized selection of 6 books to be delivered throughout the year. $125 Hardcover Edition / $70 Paperback or Board Book Edition

Please Note:
For contributions to our crowdfunding campaign at the $250 level and above, you get a free subscription for the new Spellbound Bookworm Club, in addition to other free goodies. Please visit http://igg.me/at/spellbound/x/2170700 before May 15th, 2013 to learn more and claim this fabulous free gift!

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Launch Day!

Today is the official launch of Spellbound’s crowd funding campaign on IndieGogo. Please visit the campaign home page at http://bit.ly/GrowBks to watch a super cute video starring some of our young customers, read more about our plans to expand space, inventory, and programming, and to learn about all the cool, free gifts we can send you in thanks for contributing.

SpellboundVisionSketchSmall (2)Here is a sketch by architect Liz Dion illustrating what we envision for the new store space, including a separate event room that can be closed off for private birthday parties, baby showers, workshops, and more. When not in use for events, this room will house the large inventory of used and bargain books we plan to add, as well as lots of comfy seating.

Our funding goal is $18,500 by May 15th, 2013. Any size contribution is helpful, especially if you share with your friends and community that you have contributed and ask them to consider contributing as well. Spreading the word is one of the easiest ways to help… lots and lots of small contributions are just as good as a handful of large ones. Better, even…it shows how much support there is out there for locally owned independent bookstores that support local communities economically and culturally.

Our goal is to raise enough funding to cover the moving costs so that we can expand into a larger, stand-alone space with more room for events and more great books for kids of all ages. We are also responding to overwhelming customer feedback since our move downtown: you want Spellbound back in location that is easier to get to when shopping with your kids and that has free parking that is easier to find. We are focusing our search on the West Asheville neighborhood, extremely convenient to shoppers from all over the area and yet with less traffic and easier parking than downtown.

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed on Day One, and please help us spread the word for the next 44 days!

Ladybug, Ladybug / Fly Away Home

Don’t be alarmed if you spy some unusually large ladybugs downtown today; there hasn’t been an accident at the atomic power plant or anything–just Ladybug Story Time at Spellbound!

Everyone got name tags when they came in, then we read a couple of stories: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas (and narrated by a very bossy ladybug!) and Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jackie Davis.

       

Then it was time to make our costumes. First, we drew spots on our wings and Elisha helped everyone secure them with red ribbon…

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more story, the new book by Julia Donaldson (author of the story time fave The Gruffalo) called What the Ladybug Heard. This book has it all: farmyard animals (and noises), a couple of hapless crooks, and a very smart ladybug to foil their dastardly plans!

Then we gave out the goody bags, which included stickers, paper dolls, take-home coloring sheets and other activities, PLUS… everyone got a set of ladybug antennae to complete their costumes!

 

Thanks to all the kids who came and were such good listeners… and the parents who brought them and helped them keep their wings on straight!

 

Published in: on June 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Getting a Facelift

No, not the Book Witches…. We both prefer the natural look, even as time marches on far too quickly. No, the facelift is for the bookstore. If you follow us on Twitter then you know that we announced a while back that some prettifying was in the works. As promised, here are some pictures.

We’ve got new slate tile in the entryway…

… and also on the front of the building:

The tile work is getting finished up today, but it’s all outside–nothing that should interfere with shopping. So come on by and see it for yourself!

Next item on the list: a new awning!

Almost forgot… in case you haven’t been here in a while (and if not, shame on you!), here is a “before” shot:

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Listen Up!

As mentioned in the April newsletter, here’s your chance to win a free audio CD of the first chapter of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles Book One: The Red Pyramid.

The first ten people to comment on this post or email me and mention the blog give-away get a free CD!

More to come on Tuesday’s release party… hope to see you there!

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Award-Winning Writer Allan Wolf Has Accordionist, Will Travel

Today Asheville’s own Allan Wolf gave us a behind the scenes look at the writing of Zane’s Trace, winner of the North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award for Middle School. Reading, discussion, slides, amazing Hors d’Oeuvres :-)… this man pulls out all the stops to get readers engaged.

Here is Allan posing with his very large award alongside his very tall son, Simon, with accordion in hand. Now I am trying to find a way to work accordion music into the Red Pyramid party in May…

Raising Kane [Chronicles]

Okay, it’s official. The Percy Jackson party in February was a big hit, so now Spellbound is hosting a release party for Kane Chronicles Book One: The Red Pyramid, the first book in a new series from Percy author Rick Riordan. The book releases on Tuesday May 4th, so it will be an after school affair. More detailed plans will be posted on the website and in our newsletter as they develop. And yes, we are still giving a 20% discount on pre-orders, through the end of March. With a free Percy Jackson pen that lights up (sometimes, if you’re nice to it) while supplies last! 

Admission to the Kane Chronicles party will be free with purchase of the book  or $5 at the door. 

Oh zephyr winds which blow on high, lift me now so I can fly!

Of course, one highlight of the Percy Jackson party was the Greek mythology bee and, although it may change by the time the Kane Chronicles is in full swing, I’m betting most kids don’t know as much about Egyptian mythology as they do about Greek. My personal exposure to Egyptian mythology as a kid was pretty much limited to watching “Isis” on television Saturday mornings. 

So this party may involve more learning games than knowledge contests. Stay tuned for more info!