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It has been an exciting week here at Dark Horse Books. Jeanne has been helping me ease into bookstore management. On Saturday, we will be having storytime at 11:00 a.m. While it is my very first storytime, it is the 50th storytime at Dark Horse Books. Storytime will be featuring the work of Robert Munsch, who is one of my favorite children authors. 

Also, Dark Horse Books will be extending its hours during the month of December. 

M, T, Th Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

W, F 9:30 a.m. to  9:00 p.m.

Sat 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



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A quick reminder — Storytime takes place this Saturday, Sept. 5th, at 11 a.m. We’re only going to do ONE book — Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak — but that should be plenty as we are ALL going to “act out” the story.  (And there might be a surprise or two in store.!  Everybody plan to play each of the characters and each of the scenes in this perennial favorite. (And remember, all kids and parenting titles — everything in the yellow room — is 10% off all day. And all month we’re doing 10% off autographed titles. )

See you here!

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Nothing like a trip out of the country to gain a renewed appreciation of the United States. Happy Fourth of July to all!

Lots of activities here in Teton Valley. Click here for the Chamber’s calendar with times and locations of events (the full schedule is also published in both weekly newspapers.)  Be safe out there, and throw in some patience for good measure. We’ll see you around!

Some quick notes — Dark Horse is open regular hours (9:30-5:30) with all kids and parenting titles 10% off today, tomorrow and Saturday.  Still have bargain books and a lot of other stock is also tagged with discounts, so come on by.  Storytime, which should be this Saturday at 11 a.m., will be an informal affair (pretty tough competition with the activities in Victor, including the free breakfast and parade).

We’re gearing up for the Tin Cup Challenge and hope you are, too. If you’re not already involved, Community Foundation of Teton Valley is seeking volunteers, runners, and of course, donations, to CFTV and to participating non-profits. A wonderful community-builder, and its impacts last longer than just the day of the event!

Lastly, wanted to say THANKS to everyone who came out to meet Aprilynne Pike last Saturday. What a fun event that was, with teachers, parents of friends, high-school chums and others stopping by to check out Wings. And she had a good time, too. (Only a couple signed copies left…..)

Just a few of Aprilynne's fans -- this family was visiting from out of town.

Just a few of Aprilynne's fans -- this family was visiting from out of town.

After the crowds were gone, Aprilynne signed more books for our stock.

After the crowds were gone, Aprilynne signed more books for our stock.

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 ** Wanted to remind you all that the new issue of Teton Valley magazine is now available!  As usual, our friends Mac and Nancy and the whole staff and writers for Powder Mountain Press have come through with a fascinating look at a most important topic — water. If you haven’t picked one up yet, stop by Dark Horse! (And to our Lyn, Anna and everyone else at Friends of the Teton River, I’ve added the link to the FTR site here — thought it was already there!)

** Starting in Apil for Earth Day, the bookstore has had some cute little bookmarks available, made by the kindergarten and first-grade students taught by Erin Skonord at the Learning Academy. The donation goes to Teton Valley Community Recycling– there’s a can for cash on the front counter — and thanks to Erin for thinking of us and to her classes for the cute artwork (and a big apology for not posting this sooner!)

** Sending appreciation again to the readers who helped on Storytime day June 5th! I’m not even sure who all read (Kathy Renaldi, Margaret Gillentine and Abby Warner had volunteered) so THANK YOU !

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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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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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Jim shows his prowess at creative crafts!

Jim shows his prowess at creative crafts!

It was a treat to have Eva read.....
It was a treat to have Eva read…..

Storytime was fun last week, featuring all things FROGGY, the books by Jonathan London illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Eva did a GREAT job reading to the kids, Peter Warner won the big stuffed frog, everybody had fun making their own versions of froggy, the animal crackers on the treat table were a big hit…. you get the idea from these two photos!

Today, I’m expecting a smaller turnout in the kids room as the Tetonia Easter Egg Hunt takes place this morning….. but remember that all FROGGY books are 10% off ALL month, and just because we have so many from March, Dr. Seuss books are also 10% off all month!

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