Celebrate Earth Day With Used Books!

Add a little bit of body textEarth Day is once again upon us, the one day each year set aside to celebrate, honor and learn about our Mother Planet. It’s the only home we’ve got so we have got to take care of it.

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Bookmark Contest Winners

Bookmark WinnerThe results are in, and we have a new design for the next bookmark in our series created by kids as part of our annual Bookmark Contest.

Inspired by Youth Art Month, we collect entries from kids from all over the Yakima Valley during the month of March. From these entries we choose one to be the basis of a new bookmark. We started this program in 2010 and currently have 3 designs available at Encore Books. This year’s winner will be the 5th design in the series.

First Place Artwork by Keala Eldridge

Artwork by Keala Eldridge

First Prize, including a $20 gift certificate, goes to Keala Eldridge, a 5th grader at West Valley Middle School. for her artwork advising a Dive into a good book. Her favorite book is Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. 

The runners-up each receive $10 in trade credit. in no particular order they are:

  • Isavel Bautista, an 8th grader at Wilson Middle School: Eat Sleep Read
  • Payton Burkett, a 3rd grader at Robert S. Lince Elementary School: Let Your Imagination Soar
  • Ramon Mendez Orozco Jr., an 8th grader at Wilson Middle School: Read a Lot of Books
Runner-Up Artwork by Isavel Bautista

Artwork by Isavel Bautista

Runner-Up Artwork by Payton Burkett

Artwork by Payton Burkett

Runner Up Artwork by Ramon Mendez Orozco Jr.

Artwork by Ramon Mendez Orozco Jr.

 

 

 

 

Update: Operation Paperback

Plus a special request

Thank You - Operation PaperbackWe’ve been filling boxes with books for Operation Paperback for a good while now and we could not have done it with out the help of your donations to pay for postage. To date we’ve shipped over 5000 books and paid over $1500 in postage from your contributions. These books go to active duty service men and women, veterans, and their families, both in the US and overseas.

Of course we do everything possible to send these heroes the books they will appreciate most, and the majority of the time we are able to fill all requests. But there are some books the troops keep asking for that we just don’t have enough of: audio books and puzzle books.

We do have some audio books, but our supplyis limited and most of what we have left we’re saving for our customers. We’re asking for additional donations. We can give you store credit for them or if you would prefer them to go straight to Operation Paperback, let us know and we’ll set them aside for that purpose exclusively.

In the case of puzzle books, we generally don’t have any. This is simply not the sort of thing that our customers bring us, typically. We’re looking for crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word search… any kind of puzzles, really… and we’re hoping that you have some lying around, at least partly unused, that you won’t mind giving them to a good cause.

Our participation in Operation Paperback has always relied on the help our customers give us with paying postage. Now we need another kind of help. If you have some used books on CD or some slightly used puzzle books, please consider bringing them in to share with the men and women in uniform who have pledged to protect our nation. You will have our thanks, and theirs.

Something New at Encore

New Bestsellers, now at Encore Books

Last week we told you about something new coming to Encore Books. This week it’s here….  Continue reading

A short announcement.

new_bannerDid you see our announcement yesterday about a small change coming in April? Today we got some other news about something new coming to Encore Books later this week.

We’re not saying what it is, but there’s a hint in the graphic above and its scheduled for late this week or early next week.

We’ll announce all the details once its happened, but we think you’re going to like it!