Village Square Booksellers and the Schools
School Programming: Authorless Book Events with book-related activities, reading aloud, Literary Nights, Book Fairs. Pat read 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 on all professional book purchases, plus increased discounts for bulk purchases of individual titles. Just let us kow which of your purchases are for your school and we will give them a discount!
Educator's Materials: Village Square Booksellers carries workbooks in language arts and math. 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 was a member of the Bellows Falls Union High School - School and Community Relations Committee that met monthly for about 5 years. She is on the Advisory Board of the Bellows Falls Middle School 21c LEAP Program and thewas a founding volunteer for the Bellows Falls Boys and Girls Club. Alan Fowler has filmed the School Board meetings for FACTV. Alan and Pat volunteered for the Saxtons River Elementary School's Winter Sports Program. So the Fowlers are involved in our schools K-12.
Jessie Haas' newest novel - Shy Joni loves her family's Vermont sheep farm and her strong-willed horse, Archie. When ebullient Chess moves nearby, Joni is drawn to her big personality. However, Chess's opinions on animal rights, global warming, and responsible farming soon have Joni both questioning and defending her family's farm. But when Chess steals miniature horses from their neighbor to "rescue" them, Joni is challenged to find the courage to stand up to Chess. In this complex tale of bridging differences and finding your own voice, two friends nearly break their friendship before they can begin to rebuild it--