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Food and book drives expanding to two weeks

Bouquets for Books

Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Connells Maple Lee.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Bouquets for Books donates books to Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

‘Bouquets for Books’ collects 80 new children’s titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library

Thanks to the community’s generosity, our 2015 children’s book drive – “Bouquets for Books” – collected 80 new titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book during the event, which ran Oct 31-Nov. 7, was eligible to receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit.

Kids club event Oct. 31 helps kick off book drive for public libraries

It’s boos and bouquets Oct. 31 when Connells Maple Lee kicks off its annual children’s book drive with a kids club event.

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Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a new children’s book as the price of admission. Participants will make a fall arrangement (photo) and will receive a balloon.

Because the event coincides with Halloween, participants are encouraged to wear their trick-or-treat costumes.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

The “Bouquets for Books” book drive benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

 

2015 ‘Bouquets for Books’ library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive — “Bouquets for Books” — marks its 10th year in 2015.
It benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.
To ensure that the libraries receive the books they need the most, they have provided these wish lists:

BEXLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Hardcover children’s books

DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY
Any books in these series:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems
Fly Guy by Ted Arnold
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Anything by these authors:
Andrea Pinkney
Bill Martin Jr.
Bob Shea
Bryan Collier
Byron Barton
Eric Carle
Jane O’Connor
Jerry Pinkney
Jon Scieszka
Kadir Nelson
Todd Parr
Mo Willems
Laura Numeroff
Karma Wilson
Jan Thomas
David Shannon
Dr. Seuss

‘Bouquets for Books’ children’s book drive returns Oct. 31-Nov. 7

Bouquets for Books logo for web or interactive piecesOur annual children’s book drive is back for another edition.

“Bouquets for Books” returns Oct. 31-Nov. 7 to benefit Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

For each new children’s book they contribute, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last.

Used books will not be accepted.

You can view the libraries’ wish lists here.

Kids club: books for families to read aloud together

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As we noted in the June 2015 issue of the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club newsletter, Buds, it’s important to keep reading and learning even during summer vacation. Here’s an expanded version of a list of books that families can read aloud together that we touched on in Buds, courtesy of our friends at Bexley Public Library:

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

“The End of the Beginning” by Avi
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.

“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

“A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station becomes a member of the family.

“The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free 24-hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and has learned many important lessons.

“Toys Go Out” by Emily Jenkins
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic… well, Plastic isn’t quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.

“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.

“Gooney Bird Greene” by Lois Lowry
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

“The World of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
The world of Pooh is a world of enchantment. It is a world where Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and the others share unforgettable adventures with Christopher Robin.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club spring reading list

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Every November, Connells Maple Lee holds a weeklong children’s-book drive to benefit area public libraries. To encourage the reading habit, we include a reading list in each quarterly issue of our Connells Maple Lee Kids Club newsletter, Buds.

Many baby animals arrive in spring, which is the focus of our latest reading list:

“Little White Rabbit” by Kevin Henkes
This story about a bunny exploring a garden in the springtime is a perfect read-aloud.

“Smick!” by Doreen Cronin
Can a big dog be friends with a little chick? Find out in the newest book by the author of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.”

“Animal Babies” by Harry McNaught
Readers will learn the names of 20 different baby animals in this beautifully illustrated classic.

“Deep in the Swamp” by Donna M. Bateman
This counting book features animal families that live in the Okefenokee Swamp.

“I Hatched!” by Jill Esbaum
A baby killdeer chick pecks its way out of its shell and discovers a wondrous world.

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
Older children will love reading about a baby pig who starts out as the runt of the litter but grows up to become friends with a savvy spider.

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is free to children ages 5 to 12. Membership benefits include a membership card, Web site activities, giveaways, contests, member-only events and the Buds newsletter. Click here to register.

 

Thanks for supporting our children’s-book drive

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From left, Ken Flower, director of advancement and community relations, Bexley Public Library, and Roger Morgan, store manager at Connells Maple Lee in Bexley.

In the spirit of the season, we’re so thankful to everyone who helped us to collect 129 new children’s books for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Our annual children’s-book drive, “Bouquets for Books” took place Nov. 1-8.

For each book donated, customers received a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit. In its history, Bouquets for Books has collected nearly 800 books.

2014 ‘Bouquets for Books’ library wish lists

You can be a superhero in your own right by donating new children’s books to our annual “Bouquets for Books” book drive, which returns Nov. 1-8.

Here’s what the participating libraries have on their wish lists:

Bexley Public Library

Bexley is seeking multiple copies of superhero books that it plans to use in conjunction with its 2015 Summer Reading Program, which will have a superhero theme:
Superhero picture books
Superhero chapter books
Superhero easy-reader books
Superhero graphic novels

Delaware County District Library

Any books in these series:
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney
“Elephant & Piggie” by Mo Willems
“Fly Guy” by Tedd Arnold
“Splat the Cat” by Rob Scotton

Anything by these authors:
Andrea Pinkney
Bill Martin Jr.
Bob Shea
Bryan Collier
Byron Barton
Eric Carle
Jane O’Connor
Jerry Pinkney
Jon Scieszka
Kadir Nelson
Todd Parr

Nov. 1 kids club event kicks off ‘Bouquets for Books’ to benefit area libraries

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club fall arrangement

A book drive to benefit area public libraries represents the final chapter in the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club 2014 event schedule.

On Nov. 1, children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a new children’s book in support of our annual “Bouquets for Books” book drive.

Participants will have an opportunity to make a fall arrangement and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.