1 Jul
2017

Book Bingo 2017

IT'S TIME FOR BINGO!

Well, you've all been asking when Bingo starts, and IT'S TODAY! (July 1st!)  This year, we have A THEME! That's right! It's all about learning new things and reading books that are new and different than other books you might have read before. Are you pumped to get started??? WE SUPER ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!!
Keep reading on for the full explanation of the game. We're stoked you're joining us for 2017 Book BINGO!!

Crossing off squares!

Read a book that counts for the square you'd like to complete. (or, do the action it requires)
When you are finished with a book, post a picture of your book (or open kindle) on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and tag us! Make sure you tell us which square you're crossing off. Only one square per book, please!
One book per day! We know maybe you read faster than that so if you finish two books in one day, save one of the posts for the next day! And make sure you don't wait until last minute to post all your books. We are curious peeps and want to know what you're reading! :)
Each time you cross off a square you will get one raffle entry towards winning a $100 Gift Card to Kards! So, the more you cross off, the better chance you have of winning!

BINGO!

When you get Bingo, (5 squares vertical, horizontal or diagonal) you'll win a 10% off coupon for one item of your choice! Make sure you're keeping track at home. Just like in real bingo, you have to tell us you have a bingo in order to win. We'll be keeping track of your squares and will double check when you say 'BINGO!' on your Facebook or Instagram. (make sure you tag us, though. Don't be shouting into the internet randomly! We might miss it.)

The Rules:

-One square per book! Yes, we know that some books are on our summer pick list AND are Pulitzer Prize winners. but you have to read TWO books to cross of both squares.
-One book per day! Speed readers, just save those books for another post on another day!
-You have to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us, and include #KUBookBingo to get credit for your squares. Please take a picture of your book, post on Facebook or Instagram, tag Kards Unlimited, and make sure to say which square you're crossing off. Also, if you have a bingo, Say it LOUD! Here is an example: "(pretty picture of the book The Handmaid's Tale) Just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale for @Kards Unlimited book bingo! I've just crossed off the Banned Book square! #KUBookBingo"
-You have to post BINGO to get a bingo! While we'll be keeping track of your squares, you have to say it to win it! Just post on FB or Instagram that you've gotten a summer reading bingo and make sure to tag us! We'll get in touch with you to get you your coupon.

The Squares:

Show off your Coloring Skillz: Get yourself coloring book for grown-ups and do some ART! Post a picture of your creation to cross off the square.
Translation or Bilingual Author: Read something that was originally written in a different language, or by someone who speaks multiple languages.
RESIST WALL: Check out our display of Mind-Expanding Books and books about super rad resistors! Read any of those books to check off this square.
Dystopia or Utopia: This is pretty clear. There are so many books to choose that would count for this square. SO MANY.
Anisfield-Wolf Award: This award recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Check out their website for a list of options!
Your Pick: Been wanting to read something that doesn't count for a square? Well, read it to cross of this one!
Minority Superhero: Read a story (fiction or nonfiction, graphic novel or written word) about a superhero who is a minority.
Alternate Spirituality: We're talking Zen, Yoga, Mindfulness, Happy Thoughts, anything that makes you sit back and think for a minute, or sit back and NOT think for a minute. Want to read a book about how to deep clean your apartment. Totes counts. Want to read Eat, Pray, Love? We'll count that too.
A Good ol' Bad Book: Re-read your favorite guilty pleasure, that one book that everyone loves to hate on, but you secretly love. OR read a book that has TERRIBLE reviews and then tell us what you thought!
Follow us on Facebook: This one’s really easy! Just hit the ‘follow’ button! If you already follow us, just tag us in a status or picture to get these squares crossed off.
Newbery Award: Read a book that has won a Newbery Award!
LGBTQ+ Romance: It doesn't have to be the main plot, but like, it should be.
FREE SPACE: Just cross it off already! You're one square away from a 10% coupon!
Cook from a cookbook: Try out a recipe from your new favorite cookbook and share a picture of your delish results!
Different Life Story: Read a book about someone growing up in a different place or time than you did!
Follow us on Twitter or Instagram: Same as the Facebook square, except it’s Twitter and Instagram!
Graphic Novel: Read a Graphic Novel. It's really that simple.
Outside Your Comfort Zone: Do you usually always read one type of book? For me, it's Fantasy and fiction. Read something completely different from your usual! Maybe instead of those historical romances, read a space opera! Or instead of that biography, read a book of poetry!
Minority Author: Woman, POC, LGBTQ+, there are so many authors out there that ....aren't white men. TRY IT OUT.
Our Pick: Tweet us or message us on FB, and we will choose you a book that we think you might LOVE!
Current Events: Fiction or Non-Fiction, read something about things that have happened ....let's say from 2000. That's current, right?
Ask the Library: Tweet at Carnegie Library to get a great book recommendation! Make sure to tag us and use #KUbookbingo! Like this: "Hey @carnegielibrary! @KardsUnlimted says you can hook me up with a reading suggestion! What should I read next?"
Pulitzer Prize: Read a book that's won a Pulitzer.
KU Staff Summer Picks: Check out our summer reading display and choose a book that speaks to you! ...Or maybe don't choose one that talks to you because talking books doesn't REALLY happen and you might need help.
Hugo Award: Read a book that's won the Hugo which is an award for best science fiction or fantasy for that particular year. Here's a link!

Good Luck! Read Hard!

For Book Suggestions, follow this link! 

 

1 Jul
2017

Bingo 20017 Book Suggestions


If you don't have a stash of coloring books at home, we have SO Many! Here are just some of the ones we have in stock. 
Pro tip: If you're the type of person who doesn't want to color in the book over those pretty pages, photocopy a page! Then you can color it over and over again until you GET IT PERFECT.

- American Gods Coloring Book
- Narnia Coloring Book
- Swearword Coloring Book
- Star Trek Coloring Book
- The Enchanted Sea Coloring Book
- The Pittsburgh Coloring Book
- The National Parks Coloring Book
- Color Me Jane
- The Serenity Coloring Book (as in, Firefly!)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coloring Book

 

We're not asking you to, like, go and learn another language here. (Although everyone should maybe at least try?) There are plenty of options to check off this box, but here are a few ideas!

- The Litte Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Visit us in the store to see our full "Read without Borders" collection! Just ask at the counter and we'll show you the way. For those of you that can't make it in, here are a few choice selections.

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

 

Dystopia is, like, so fetch right now. There are some pretty great classics that fit in this box, but plenty of new things as well!

- Utopia by Thomas More
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
- Divergent by Veronica Roth 
- 1984 by George Orwell 
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
- The Giver by Lois Lowry 
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau 
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Here are some of the books that we know and love! For the rest of the award winners, visit their website!

- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Invisible Man Paperback by Ralph Ellison 
- The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
- Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

It doesn't have to be a comic or a graphic novel, and we're pretty stretchy on the definition of Superhero....

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and  Amy Reeder 
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Sara Pichelli -                                                                                             --    -Black Panther by Ta Nehisi Coates
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Huck by Mark Millar

 

We're going to be pretty darn flexible about this square. Gardening books, yoga books, organization books, they all count! Step out of your comfort zone and read something that will enrich your mind AND spirit.

- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Zen and Tonic by Jules Aron
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
- The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
- Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

You know the ones. They're the books that you're kind of embarrassed about reading, but also really can't stop yourself. We swear we won't judge. Most of us have probably read all of these books already.

- 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- The Tommyknockers by Stephen King                                                                                                                           -The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Don't discount these books just because they're for a younger audience! There are some really amazing books in here, and they're probably a quick read too! Which means more time for more Bingos!

- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Holes by Lois Sachar
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- The High King by Lloyd Alexander
- The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil by E. L. Konigsburg
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

It doesn't have to be a ROMANCE book. It can be any book that talks about LGBTQ+ love!

- Far From You by Tess Sharpe
- Y; The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- The Fifth Season  by N. K. Jemisin
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Parrotfish Ellen Wittlinger 

Don't forget to take a picture of your yummy food!!! We want to see your fab food creations!

- A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer
- Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl
- Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver
- The Redwall Cookbook by Brian Jacques
- The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
- Leon: Baking & Puddings by Henry Dimbleby
- The Bob's Burgers Burger Book by Loren Bouchard
- My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
- Big Gay Ice Cream by  Bryan Petroff, Douglas Quint, and Anthony Bourdain
- Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan

We don't necessarily know how YOU grew up, so here are a whole bunch of different life stories. Surely one of them is dissimilar to your own!

 

- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Anne of Green Gables by  L. M. Montgomery
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
- The Secret Garden by E. White
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Here are some graphic novels that we LOVE!!!! Incidentally, we carry all of these and EVEN MORE in the store.

- Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
- Lucifer Vol. 1: Cold Heaven by Holly Black
- Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, James Jean, and Alex Maleev 
- Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg
- Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
- Wonder Woman: War of the Gods by George Perez
- Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
- 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
- Spider-Gwen: Greater Power y Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez

Here is a list of books that cross a variety of genres. We don't know what you're usually into, but there's probably something on this list you never thought you'd try to read.

- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
- Little, Big by John Crowley
- Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
- The Adventures of Tin Tin by Hergé 
- The Once and Future King by E. B. White
- A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
- Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
- Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda

The definition of Minority: a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part.

- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                                                                                                                   -The book of Night Women by Marion James

We SAID anything from 2000 on, but we're not actually going to get that picky.

- Anything by Chuck Klosterman
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
-Bossypants by Tina Fey
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

You're sure to be able to pick a book that you've been meaning to read from the list of Pulitzer prize winners. Here are some of the ones we think are gems!

-  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
-Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

There are SO MANY CHOICES!!! Here are some that we highly recommend and probably have on our shelves!

- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

 

1 Jul
2016

Summer Reading Bingo 2016

Summer Reading

Summer started like weeks ago, we know. Are your reading pants on yet? Because it's TIME FOR  SUMMER READING BINGO.

Our summer reading display hit the shelves last week, so we're ready to rumble! BRING IT!

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Everyone loves to win!

 

SUMMER READING BINGO!
Because we freaking love books, we've decided to make a game out of summer reading! Join us for an epic game of Summer Reading Bingo! There are prizes! 

So here's all the info you need on our Summer Book Bingo! JOIN US. 

How To Play

Crossing off squares!
Read a book that counts for the square you'd like to complete. (or, do the action it requires)
When you are finished with a book, post a picture of your book (or open kindle) on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and tag us! Make sure you tell us which square you're crossing off. Only one square per book, please!
Each time you cross off a square you will get one raffle entry. So, the more you cross off, the better chance you have to win an amazing prize!

BINGO!
When you get Bingo, (5 squares vertical, horizontal or diagonal) you'll win a 10% off coupon for one item of your choice! Make sure you're keeping track at home. Just like in real bingo, you have to tell us you have a bingo in order to win. We'll be keeping track of your squares and will double check when you say 'BINGO!' on your Facebook or Instagram. (make sure you tag us, though. don't be shouting into the internet randomly! we might miss it.)

The Rules:

-One square per book! Yes, we know that some books are classic fiction AND Pulitzer prize winners. but you have to read TWO books to cross of both squares.
-You have to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us, and include #KUBookBingo to get credit for your squares. Please take a picture of your book, post on Facebook or Instagram, tag Kards Unlimited, and make sure to say which square you're crossing off. Also, if you have a bingo, Say it LOUD! Here is an example: (pretty picture of the book The Handmaid's Tale) Just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale for @Kards Unlimited summer reading bingo! I've just crossed off the Banned Book square! #KUBookBingo
-You have to post BINGO to get a bingo! While we'll be keeping track of your squares, you have to say it to win it! Just post on FB or Instagram that you've gotten a summer reading bingo and make sure to tag us! We'll get in touch with you to get you your coupon.

The Squares:

Specialty squares: 
Your Pick: You can read ANYTHING for this one!
KU Staff Favorite: Stop by the store to check out our Summer Reading display! Each of our Staff members has a whole shelf full of recommendations! Can't come to the store? Tweet or Instagram us and we'll set you up with something you'll love!
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter: This one’s really easy! Just hit the ‘follow’ button’! If you already follow us, just tag us in a status or picture to get these squares crossed off.
Ask a KU Employee: Tweet us and we'll challenge you to a random book or our choosing!
Free-Spot: Clearly, this means this spot is already x-ed off for you…. But if you want to read a book for this square anyway, we sure won’t stop you.
Follow KU on Instagram: Same as Facebook and Twitter square, except it’s Instagram!
Ask the Library: Tweet at Carnegie Library to get a suggestion! Like this: "Hey @carnegielibrary! @KardsUnlimted says you can hook me up with a summer reading suggestion! What should I read next?"

Regular book squares:
Need some suggestions?
We put together some lists of our favorite books from each genre right here!
Something with History: Non fiction or fiction, we don't care! Read something about a time that's not happening right now!
Poetry Collection: Get your verse on! Read a collection of poems. We sure don't care if it's Pablo Neruda or Shel Silverstein!
Young Adult: Read a Young Adult book.
Newberry Medal: Read a book that has been awarded the Newberry Medal!
Banned Book: Read a book that has been banned!
Something with Dragons: Komodo Dragons count!
Now a Movie!: Read something that's been turned into a film!
Something with Superheroes: Don't feel limited to fiction, guys! Real life people are superheroes to!!
Classic Fiction: Pick up a classic. You know the one. The one you've been putting off for ages. That one.
Manga or Graphic Novel: Read one! We have so many suggestions.
Non-Fiction: Read something REAL. But don't feel trapped into reading something boring. Non-Fiction is super fun a lot of the time!!
Now a TV Show!: Read a book that's been turned into a TV series. Or the other way around. That works too.
Hugo Award: Read something that's won the Hugo award!
Hot New Title: Read that new release that everyone is talking about. We won't judge if it came out a few years ago. >.>
Kid's Book: Read a book for kids!
Biography: Read about someone's life!
Continue a Series: Read the second or third or whatever book in that series you started a while a go and put down.
Something with Crime: Real crime or imaginary crime, it don't matter!

Good Luck! May your bedside table lamp ever shine in your favor.

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31 Mar
2016

Harry Potter Midnight Release Party!

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!!!!! WE ARE SOLD OUT OF MIDNIGHT BOOKS !!! 
If you still need a copy of the Cursed Child, we will be getting more books in stock on Monday, Aug 1st.
!!!!!!!

We are SO EXCITED about this guys.

On July 30th at 10:30pm, we will be hosting a MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY for the new and upcoming Harry Potter book: The Cursed Child. 

All you have to do to get an invite is Pre-Order The Cursed Child through us! For just the cost of the book, you will get the book AND an invitation to bring how every many people you would like to our Midnight Release Party. 

There will be plenty of fun at the party: we promise costumes, atmospheric music, Harry Potter Trivia and silly games like 'Guess How Many Every Flavor Beans Are In This Jar!"

If you're interested in getting more information send us an email today. Or stop in the store, even! Or give us a call! We don't recommend sending Owls, as we've recently lost a few in our rafters.

SO EXCITED!

 

19 Oct
2015

Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, guys!!
Do you know what that means??? It means it's time for COSTUMES!

Here at Kards, we are kind of huge fans of dressing up in awesome costumes. This year, we're inviting you all to share your own costumes with us for chances to wins spooooooky prizes!

Here's the deal: 
You put on a super rad costume.
You take a picture post it to Facebook or Instagram and tag @Kards Unlimited. Include #KUIsSpooky!
You get all your friends to like your picture!!
There will be two winners: The player with the most points, and the Staff Favorite. Impress us.

Point system:
1 like = 1 point
1 share = 5 points
Adorable pet in costume included in picture = 10 points
Picture taken IN the store = 15 points
Picture taken with a celebrity that you randomly found on the street = 50 point

You can enter as many photos as you want, but only one of your photos can win, so choose wisely!
Good Luck!

27 Sep
2015

Banned-BookIt!

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Welcome readers! 
This year, in order to fully celebrate Banned Book Week, Kards Unlimited is hosting another fantastic Book Reading Contest: KU BannedBookIt!

If you were a child of the 90's you will remember getting your first personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when you met your reading goal for BookIt. It was a magical moment full of hot cheese and a sense of accomplishment.

So here at Kards, we're going to host our own BANNED Book It! The goal is to read as many Banned Books as possible! Reading books can win you prizes!

Here's how it works:
KUBannedBookIt will start on Sunday, September 27th, the first day of Banned Book Week! The final day will be November 10th!
During Banned Book It, you, the reader/contestant will read as many Banned Books as possible!
Each time you read a book, post about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (Picture of the book included, please), tag Kards and include #KUBannedBookIt
Each book/post will get you a sticker on our MAGICAL SCORE BOARD!
There will be two winners! The one who reads the most books will win a $50 Gift Certificate, and a RANDOM PLAYER will also win a $50 gift certificate! (So you all have a chance to win even if someone super ambitious starts playing!)
We will also be awarding Random 10% off coupons to notable players! So make your posts thoughtful/amusing! Or make a video acting out your favorite scene! Or send us a book report! Or come sing for us! You might win a Coupon!

In honor of our inner children, we will be concluding the contest with a PIZZA PARTY! It will be on November 15th at 6pm! We will want you there to party with us! Let us know if you'll be coming!

Are you excited yet?? START READING!

Here is a list of Banned Books we recommend!
Here are some Banned Books recommended by people on Goodreads!
Here is a handy little postcard you can print out to remind yourself of the rules or give to all of your friends! 

 

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23 Sep
2015

2015 Tolkien Week Quiz!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

10 Sep
2015

Summer Reading Bingo Wrap-up!

Congrats and Thanks go out to our Bingo Contestants! 
In total, we awarded seventeen 10% off coupons (That's 17 Bingos!!) and one $100 Gift Card!!! For our first ever Summer reading Bingo, it was a smashing hit! 

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Our Summer Book Bingo Winner!

We'll be back in the Bingo Swing next summer, so check back to play! In the meantime, our next book contest is right around the corner!