A new Barnes & Noble store is moving into CityPlace Shopping Center in Woodbury. Like the recent Galleria store, this store will be a prototype store — testing a clean, contemporary design and welcoming social areas throughout the store. For customer convenience, the worktables by the cafe offers charging stations with easily accessible USB/AC outlets. There is comfortable seating toward the back of the store. Independent shoppers can help themselves at one of two kiosks (similar to library catalog computers). Employees will carry tablets so they can help customers locate books on the floor. They can even check out the customer’s purchases right where they are, so there is no need to stand in line. Read More
FFTC BookHounds Storytime Family Book Club sniffs out the best stories.
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Crazy! Some summer reading programs have already started. Where do your kids fall in the summer reading spectrum? Whether they love to read or hate it or are somewhere in between, there is probably a program out there for them. If they are ambitious, they can participate in several. There is no rule that kids can’t use the same books for several programs.
A couple years ago, I did some research on the reality of the income-based achievement gap and how parents can Increase their Child’s Chances in School with a few Simple, Budget-Friendly Habits. Summer reading is another place where the achievement gap grows. However, the fix is offering your kids easy access to a lot of books and empowering them to select their own reading materials. This is where summer reading programs can come in handy. The following are few programs we found: