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Celebrate Indies First with the Odyssey!
Indies First is the national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday. It's a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. To celebrate, we'll be offering free refreshments all day, gifts with every purchase of $50.00 or more, AND we'll have guest booksellers on hand to help you find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones. It's a great time to beat the holiday shopping rush and stock up because we'll also be offering 20% off for you or your community!
It's your choice: Save 20% off your purchase OR we'll donate 20% of your purchase to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Last year, the Food Bank of Western MA distributed 10.8 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need in all four counties. Learn more about their work here. Interested in volunteering? Contact the Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator, Alison Brauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Guest Booksellers:
Jordan Funke: The librarian known to students as JFunke received a Masters of Library and Information Science in the School Library Teacher program at Simmons College in 2005. JFunke has worked at the middle and high school levels in public schools, at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, and at a bilingual Quaker school in Costa Rica. JFunke especially enjoys connecting reluctant readers to books they love.
Jamie L. B. Deenihan is a teacher and picture book author who lives in Suffield, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. She taught first grade at Memorial Elementary School in West Springfield, Massachusetts for over a decade and now teaches part-time and writes books for kids. Her debut picture book, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree, will be released on March 5, 2019.