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"Marvelous but Weird," the 2nd segment of the TVCS puppet show, was a big hit!

Woohoo, a BIG crowd at our Special Storytime Saturday — and wow, what a performance by nearly 30 children with their own puppets and plays they wrote and dramatized in both English and Spanish! 

Congratulations to everyone who helped with Teton Valley Community School’s puppet theater project, including parents, students, Bonnie Krafchuk, Deirdre O’Connell, Deneen Frazier Bowen and Mike Peters.

Ruth Piispanen, arts-education program director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, came all the way from Boise to see the dress rehearsal Friday of the show; she was enthusiastic enough about the project to make a 700-mile round trip and I was pleased to see she was all smiles afterwards when she stopped by the store.  (The project was funded in part by an ICA QuickFund$ grant. )

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TVCS first and second graders took their bows following their bilingual interpretation of Erik Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?"

If you missed the show but want to see the beautiful theater, it’s set up in the kids room at the bookstore for another day or so…..


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Dear Jeanne,

Last week my wife Mary Lou and I stopped in the bookstore. If you remember she was meeting with your friend Carol. We enjoyed meeting you and browsing in the store.

While we were there, Mary Lou bought a copy of The Legend of Colton H. Bryant for my birthday. We both read the book and enjoyed it immensely. It is so powerful on the nature and importance of friendship and the great lengths friends will go to help each other. By the end of the book, we felt we knew and wanted to meet Colton, his family, and friends.

Alexandra Fuller so effectively reminds her readers of great virtues of what it means to be human. We compliment her on how carefully and skillfully she merged the profound and the simple that characterize personal relationships. I liken it to another of my favorites, Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Both works inspire us not only to look for and appreciate the good and caring that people extend to one another but also to do so in our own daily deeds and actions.

We look forward to visiting Dark Horse Books again and talking with you on our next trip to Driggs.

Good luck in your work.

Dick and Mary Lou Kinney

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Sheriff Tony Liford did the walk, but his 5-inch spike heels gave out somewhere before they returned past the bookstore!

Sheriff Tony Liford did the walk, but his 5-inch spike heels gave out somewhere before they returned past the bookstore!

Glenn Gressly and Jim Mataisz were just two of the many participants in "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."
Glenn Gressly and Jim Mataisz were just two of the many participants in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”











The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser for Family Safety Network looked like a huge success — didn’t do a count but guessing about 200 men participated, with the sheriff’s office, sponsors (Valley Citizen, Silverstar, not sure who else), county leadership, firefighters and school district all well represented. Lorene and Marie helped decorate the sidewalks out front and we had front row seats! More pix on the DHB FaceBook page….

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Some TVCS students, with their puppets in hand....

Some TVCS students, with their puppets in hand....

 Wow, what a crowd! These kids will be some of our featured performers at the next Storytime.

It will be held ONE WEEK EARLIER than normal — that’s right, on Saturday, MAY 30TH.

Dark Horse Books is pleased to welcome the students of Teton Valley Community School as they present a PUPPET SHOW starting at 11 a.m. – -and it’s a BILINGUAL event, with the performances delivered in both English AND Spanish.
This is a puppet show in three parts. First, the 1st and 2nd graders will interpret a favorite by Eric Carle — Coala Pardo, Coala Pardo, Qué Ves ahí (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Then the older kids will present two original pieces: La Leccion de la Princesa Mutante y Rabiosa (The Lesson of the Rabid Mutant Princess, for us gringos), and Maravilloso Pero Fantástico (Wonderful But Weird).
All of the puppets have been made by the students, and the older children created the characters and wrote the scripts for their performances.
Deneen Frazier Bowen, Teton Arts Council’s theater artist-in-residence, helped on the dramatic end, TVCS art teacher Deirdre O’Connell was the guiding force behind making the puppets, and TVCS Spanish teacher Bonnie Krafchuk helped with translation and coordinated the project. 
The Teton Arts Council helped support this effort (board member Mike Peters constructed the puppet theater), and the whole thing was also funded, in part, by a QuickFund$ grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. In fact, Ruth Piispanen, ICA Arts Education Program Director, will hopefully be here at Dark Horse for the presentation. We hope you will be here too!
We’ll have the kids’ room arranged theater style, so come on time for good seats!
As usual, all kids and parenting titles will be discounted 10%, all day on Storytime Saturday. And the next Saturday, June 6th, we’ll have our regular type of Storytime, also starting at 11, and another weekend of discounted books. 
FYI: for those who can’t attend the Saturday puppet show, TVCS is holding a dress rehearsal at the school in Victor on Friday, May 29th (the day before they perform at DHB), also starting at 11.

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Just tracked a big shipment we’re expecting… hope Don the UPS guy’s back is in good shape, as the bookstore should have 27 (yes, you’re reading that that right — 27!) boxes arriving on Friday….. I’ll start pricing them right away, Lorene will work on them Saturday, and we will be making room for them creatively, to say the least!

We’re expecting notecards, lots of non-fiction, cookbooks, novels and much more, including plenty that would make perfect gifts for Dads and grads — bargains are a TERRIFIC way to stretch your budget. For example, a hardback that would originally retail for $25.95 might cost $6.98 or less. Can’t beat that!

Want best selection? Come in ASAP; remember, though, we’ll be closed Monday (for Memorial Day!)  See you soon!!!

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I don’t know how you’ll be honoring Memorial Day, but as for me — my two sisters Judy and Joan are coming to Teton Valley on Friday to visit…. we expect lots of chat time over the long weekend (good thing Peter’s a good conversationalist, too!)  

Lorene is working at Dark Horse all day on Saturday (bless her heart) and the store will be closed Monday, May 25th, for the holiday.  We will open again Tuesday, with regular hours. 

Be safe out there and hope to see you soon — lots of fun things coming up (TVCS Puppet Show Saturday, Tony Doerr, Aprilynne Pike, and much more!)

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As many of you know, Lorene is participating in the Susan Komen 3-day Walk this fall (the same kind of event that Danielia did last year, walking 60 miles in three days to promote breast cancer research.) To gather interest — and help her team raise money — Lorene’s husband Russ is donating a painting every month, which will hang in Dark Horse Books, along with a silent-auction bid sheet.

Bids will be open up to a month, and whoever’s highest bidder on deadline day will be the purchaser of the painting. This is the first painting — and at the moment, it has just one bid.  It will close THIS FRIDAY, May 22.

Come in to check it out, place your bid — and then keep on coming in to see future works!

You can click here to access Lorene’s personal pledge page and make a donation directly on-line.

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