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Open Mic Poems Honoring National Poetry Month

04/26/2014 4:00 pm

As April nears an end, help us celebrate National Poetry Month with one final event at Bank Street Bookstore to capture the joy and satisfaction of a good poem. Come read your favorite poem at our open mic event on Saturday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. 

So put a poem in your pocket and bring it to the bookstore's second floor for sharing. Musician Danna Banana will join the festivities!

If you want to attend, but forget to bring a poem, no problem! We will provide many fun poetry books so kids can pick and choose their favorites. 

Book List
ISBN-13: 9780064460934
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins, 1/1992

ISBN-13: 9781568462400
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Creative Editions, 8/2014

ISBN-13: 9780394850108
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 9/2000

ISBN-13: 9780786851119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 9/2005

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Lit Talks for Readers Ages 9-17

April 6 and 9

Come one, come all! Bank Street Bookstore's bookseller extraordinaire Regina Teltser leads biweekly read-alouds for ages 9 to 17.

Dramatized readings of middle-grade books, young adult books, classic fiction, and short stories make reading and talking about books a hoot!

Each week features a different short story or passage from a novel to be read aloud and analyzed by the group.

Meetings are held every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (Sunday performances and discussions are repeated and continued every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.).

Note: Some books may contain adult themes and are not recommended for children under 13. Please check individual calendar listings for details.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan will be read and discussed on Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. The first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the action-packed adventure book follows its 12-year-old hero on a quest to retrieve the stolen master lightning bolt of the god Zeus.

Doll Bones by Holly Black is the second book to be discussed and analyzed by Regina's readers. It is a great read, Regina promises, especially for young adult readers (and possibly slightly immature adults, she adds.)

The story deals with issues like friendship, identity, growing up, and loss. It is sure to keep the pages turning and the conversation interesting.

April 9 and 13

Book List
ISBN-13: 9780786838653
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 3/2006

Doll Bones (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781416963981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 5/2013

April 23 Is Book and Lovers Day

On April 23, Barcelona begins its annual celebration of chivalry and romance. It all started in the Middle Ages with the Festival of Roses honoring St. George, patron saint of Catalonia and a brave Roman soldier. When St. George allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful young princess, legend tells us a rosebush grew from the blood of the slain dragon. The soldier plucked its most perfect bloom to give to the princess as a remembrance.

In 1923 the Festival of Roses merged with UNESCO's World Book Day, established to draw attention to the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23. The day continues to be a celebration of culture, beauty, intelligence, and love.

Friend from Across the Pond

We make many friends at Bank Street Bookstore. Some have been visiting the store for years and others, like Alana (below), get to know us briefly. Alana's family completed their 2 1/2-month stay in New York and came to say goodbye today before packing her many books and boarding the plane back to the UK. We will miss you, Alana!


Keeping Earth Day Green

Earth Day is not just another date on the calendar. It is an opportunity to help kids understand that they are our planet's caretakers. Activities, events, programs, and workshops teach the value of keeping ourselves and our earth clean and healthy. Books also offer great ideas and information on acknowledging the importance of Earth Day -- on April 22 and every day. For more information, visit For book ideas from Bank Street Bookstore, see below:

Lit Talks -- A Don't-Miss Scene at Bank Street Bookstore

Ms. Regina continues to enthrall readers from ages nine to 17 with her Lit Talk introductions to fabulous books like "Will in Scarlet" by Matthew Cody. On Sunday afternoon, April 20, Regina captivated listeners with her reading of an excerpt that kept everyone wanting more. On Wednesday, April 23 at Bank Street Bookstore, Regina repeats and continues her "Will in Scarlet" presentation at 5:00 p.m. Join us for a great way to make literature come to life!

Rockin' Out on Easter Sunday

Kids of all ages enjoyed the Bank Street Bookstore dinosaur egg hunt on Sunday, April 20. And just where did we get dinosaur eggs?! Well, the kids created them using rocks, chalk, and lots of imagination. After finishing their rock-star work, the "eggs" were hidden on the shelves among books and toys for kids to find -- a fun, fine day for all.


Author Charles Zigman at Bank Street Bookstore

Last week listeners were treated to an excerpt from "The Belly Button that Escaped," read by author Charles Zigman. The book is an ideal (and funny) read for second graders through fifth graders. Signed copies are available at Bank Street Bookstore, (212) 678-1654.

Elephant, Piggie, Pigeon, and Mo

If you love books by Mo Willems (and who doesn't?), be sure to catch his interview on the CBS "Sunday Morning" show: Mo talks about his background, how he works, and what lies ahead. Browse Mo's many wonderful titles at Bank Street Bookstore at 610 West 112th Street or at


Lost-and-Found Belly Button

When fourth-grader Artie MacGivillray wakes up one morning to discover his belly button is missing, he also realizes it has left a hole in his stomach -- and his life. What does he do to solve the problem? He calls in Detective Fred Gurwitz, of course, who saves the day with lessons of how to live, love, and laugh. Meet author Charles Zigman at Bank Street Bookstore on Friday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of his book "The Belly Button that Escaped," ideal for kids from second to fifth grade.
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