VSB & Schools

Village Square Booksellers and the Schools

School Programming: Authorless Book Events with book-related activities, reading aloud, Literary Nights, Book Fairs. Pat has been reading during the breakfast program at Saxtons River & Central Elementary Schools for several years. During a Literary Night several years ago, Westminster Center School had Pat read Dr Seuss’ Lorax to a cafeteria filled with students and their families.

Winnie the Pooh Appearances (includes Pat Fowler reading in her Winnie the Pooh Costume): Windsor Elementary School has had a Winnie the Pooh Day, with Pat reading Winnie the Pooh stories to K-3 students. Winnie the Pooh has participated in Awards Ceremonies, Reading Challenges & Holiday Programs.

Author events: Village Square Booksellers has arranged for authors to visit local schools, sometimes in conjunction with a Book Fair. Poets Laureates Grace Paley and Marie Harris visited VT & NH schools as part of the Voices of the Connecticut River Project in 2003. Maine author Lea Wait visited Bellows Falls Middle School in 2007. Jessie Haas and Michael Daley have visited Bellows Falls Middle School several times. Michael L. Wexler and John William Hulme IV, creators of The Seems series, visited Putney Center School Library and appeared in the Bellows Falls Middle School Auditorium in Fall 2008.

Educator's Discount Program: Teachers and school librarians can save 20% off of all professional book purchases, plus increased discounts for bulk purchases of individual titles.

Educator's Materials: Village Square Booksellers carries workbooks in language arts and math, as well as Bar Chart Guides. We have teacher's guides for many children's books and authorless event kits. Posters are also available for your classroom.

Summer Reading Lists: Please ask at the front counter to see if Village Square Booksellers has a copy of the Summer reading List for your school. (BFUHS, BFMS)

Volunteers: Pat Fowler is a member of the Bellows Falls Union High School - School and Community Relations Committee that meets monthly.  She is on the Advisory Board of the Bellows Falls Middle School 21c LEAP Program and the Bellows Falls Boys and Girls Club. Alan Fowler films the School Board metings for FACTV. Alan and Pat volunteer for the Saxtons River Elementary School's Winter Sports Program. So the Fowlers are involved in our schools K-12.

The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781599902982
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - August 19th, 2008

Twelve-year-old Becker Drane works as a Fixer for The Seems, a secret organization that makes sure the world keeps running. When a Glitch is reported in the Department of Sleep, Becker is dispatched to Fix it, but he's not so sure this is a routine mission.

Book # 1 in The Seems Fantasy Series

Authors John Hume IV & Michael Wexler had a slide show to explain the world of The Seems when they visited our schools.


The Seems: The Split Second Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781599901305
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - September 30th, 2008

Book # 2 in The Seems.

In this follow-up to The Glitch in Sleep, a bomb explodes in the Department of Time, and 13-year-old Fixer Becker Drane is called in to repair the damage. He discovers destruction like he's never seen, and his faith in The Seems and his ability as a Fixer are shaken to the core. Illustrations. 

 


Stopping to Home Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689838491
Availability: Available from our warehouse - 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - January 1st, 2003

This is an exceptional debut novel by Maine author Lea Wait. After losing her mother to smallpox and her father to the sea, 11-year-old Abigail must build a new life for herself and her younger brother, Seth. But carving a future in the harsh 19th-century Maine seaport of Wiscasset proves difficult.


Finest Kind Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781416909521
Availability: Special Order
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 10th, 2006

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE TWELVE YEARS OLD AND YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART?

It's 1838. Jake's father has lost his job and his savings. Hearing of work in Maine, the family leaves their large home in Boston and heads north, taking with them a few furnishings -- and a deep family secret. In Maine they find only a dirty, isolated farmhouse, and a job for Father that takes him away from home.

"I'll have to depend on you," Jake's mother tells him. But how can Jake find food? How can he prepare for the dangerous cold of a Maine winter? How can he protect his mother -- and his family's secret?

Slowly, Jake learns the ways to survive, catching game and storing food for the long winter months. Nabby McCord, whose family also has a secret, helps him. So does Granny McPherson, who may be a witch. But when it comes to earning the money they need, Jake knows he's on his own. He shows his determination as the winter approaches, but does he have what it takes to bring his family together to face the future -- and their past?

Finest Kind is the powerful story of a boy who is forced to become a man and to learn the truth about courage, friendship, and secrets.


Seaward Born Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689848605
Availability: Available from our warehouse - 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - July 2004

Thirteen-year-old Michael knows he is lucky. Few slaves in 1805 Charleston are where they want to be. But Michael works on the docks and ships in Charleston Harbor, close to the seas he longs to sail. Life seems good. But when Michael's protective mistress dies, everything changes, and Michael's friend Jim encourages him to run away. Michael is torn. Should he risk everything for a chance at freedom in some unknown place? Or should he stay -- is staying safe worth staying a slave?


Wintering Well Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780689856471
Availability: Available from our warehouse - 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 2006

All Will Ames ever wanted to do was farm. But when he's injured in a farm accident, Will is left without a leg -- and without his future.

There's no place on a farm for a cripple. And so, after a long winter of healing, Will and his sister Cassie, who blames herself for the accident, go to stay in town with their older sister and her husband. There, as Maine becomes a state, Will learns that perhas even without his leg, there's another, brighter future in store for him. And Cassie, too, learns that maybe, in the changing world of 1820, Will isn't the only one with the chance at a different, exciting future. . . .


Shadows at the Fair: An Antique Print Mystery Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780743456203
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pocket Books - July 1st, 2003

Lea Wait also has a mystery series featuring an antique print dealer.  This is book 1:

In the world of antiques dealing, there are minor calamities...like accidentally selling a rare engraving for $170 instead of $1,700. And then there are worse tragedies -- such as the chain of suspicious deaths among dealers in the weeks prior to the Rensselaer County Spring Antiques Fair. For Maggie Summer, owner of Shadow Antiques and an antique print expert, the threat of murder is far from her mind as she displays her treasures at the prestigious show. Though rumors abound, security is tight, and Maggie has been in the business too long to be easily rattled, she can't help observing her colleagues with fresh eyes. And when sudden death claims a victim in their midst, Maggie will race to stop a killer -- if she can distinguish those she suspects from the real deal.


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