Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt

Where's Waldo? In Yakima, of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. 

Starting July 1st, anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Yakima!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Inklings Bookshop to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing at 6:30 pm on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.  

Friends of Inklings loyalty program

When Inklings opened in our old location nearly thirteen years ago, we had a full-service coffee bar.  Since most book people seemed to love coffee, tea or Italian sodas, we had a loyalty program that people just loved.  When they bought books, they got a notch in their punch card and after a few purchases they were rewarded with a free drink.  That program worked swimmingly for six years.  When we moved to our current location here in Chalet Place, we gave up our coffee bar to devote more space to books and gifts since we had Starbucks for our next-door-neighbor so that program no longer worked.


Over these last years, we have had so many requests to invent a program that rewards our loyal book buyers in some way.   You will be happy to know that beginning May 1st, we will begin our “Friends of Inklings” loyalty program and this is how it works.


1.  Next time you come in, ask to join our Friends of Inklings program.  You will be asked to provide your name and email address and a special 3 x 5 card will be started for you.


2.  Each time you come in to shop, just find your card in the file and bring it to the register with your purchases.  The amount of your purchase (minus the tax) will be entered in one of six squares on the card.


3.  When your six boxes are full,  you will receive 5% of the amount you’ve spent in store credit to be used on your next visit.  


4.  When you’ve filled up your first card, you will receive a special blue card that distinguishes you as one of our 

TRUE BLUE friends.  At that time you will also receive a free Inklings tote bag!


5.  On months where there is a fifth Saturday (in 2013 that will be June, August and December), if you bring your tote bag in on that fifth Saturday, you will receive 20% off on everything you can put in your bag!  How fun is that?


6.  AND THE EXTRA  GOOD NEWS IS:  IF YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR PROGRAM BEFORE MAY 1, WE WILL CROSS OFF YOUR FIRST TWO BOXES, SO YOU WILL ONLY NEED FOUR MORE BOXES FILLED TO GET YOUR FIRST REWARD AND TOTE BAG!


This program is going to be so much fun.  We hope you will continue to make Inklings YOUR bookstore and let us keep meeting all your book and gift needs.  You are the key to our success when you see it here, buy it here and keep us here!



April Book Club - Joy in the Morning

April's book club pick is Joy in the Morning, by Betty Smith. We are really excited about this one, and can't wait to discuss it with all of you! Join us! 

A timeless classic is reborn! From Betty Smith—author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of the most beloved novels of the past century—comes an unsentimental yet radiant and powerfully uplifting tale of young hearts and marriage.

In 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Brown and Annie McGairy meet and fall in love. Though only eighteen, Annie travels alone halfway across the country to the Midwestern university where Carl is studying law—and there they marry. But their first year together is much more difficult than they anticipated, in a faraway place with little money and few friends. With hardship and poverty weighing heavily upon them, Annie and Carl come to realize that their greatest sources of strength, loyalty and love, will help them make it through.

Online Book Club Book for February - Tortilla Curtain

We would LOVE it if you joined Inklings' online bookclub, Into the Wardrobe, which takes place on facebook. This month we are reading Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.

Discussion takes place on our facebook page. We post one question a day. Feel free to jump in at any time. It's never too late to join us!

 

"Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding."

Team Mimi

Many of you may know Mimi Applebaum, because she is one of our wonderful employees. But you may not know that she has had carcinoid cancer for the past 13 years, and has another heart surgery coming up very soon. Her story is full of ups and downs, miracles, the wonder of modern technology, but most importantly of courage, bravery and perseverance. 

Recently, the Team Mimi website was set up to help raise support for Mimi while she recovers from her upcoming heart surgery. There are so many ways to give, and we want to encourage you to visit the website, read her story, and donate. 

You can also help by spreading the word, and get other people/businesses/groups involved! Contact your favorite restaurant/bookstore/gift shop and ask them to let you put up a collection jar, or pamphlet. 

"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."

-Lawrence G. Lovasik

Holiday Catalog

PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association) has put together a W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L catalog of books. We've displayed these treasures right smack-dab in front of the counter, for all to see. You could flip through this catalog a dozen times and discover something new each time.

 

Here's something else: We are putting together a list of books, for all different types of people (grandpas, moms, bosses, uncles, kids, teens, etc.) if you need a few pointers, or something to guide you in the right direction. Ask us about this list when you come into the store and we will help you find the perfect gift for that someone on your Christmas list.

Look through the catalog at the store, or here. 

Inklings Liberty Bottles!

Be sure to add these to your stockings this year! The ONLY metal water bottle made in the USA, and in our very own town, no less. Thanks, Liberty Bottleworks, you guys did a great job!

 

Yours for only $19.99!

12 Hour Sale

Did you know that it won't be 12/12/12 again for another 100 years?! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are going to have a 12 hour sale this December the 12th!

- We will be open for 12 hours!

- EVERYTHING will be 12% off all day!

- We will have 12 raffles! All you have to do to enter the raffle is make a purchase, and your name will be entered in all day. There is more than a 12% chance you will win (right?)

We hope to see you then!

eReader Giveaway!

 

Inklings is giving away a free eReader KoboMini to introduce our new partnership with Kobobooks! With Kobobooks, you have access to millions of books for your eReader, iPad, iPhone, KoboGlo, KoboMini, Nook, Android, etc!

To be entered to win, please follow these steps:

1) Follow this link to be entered to win.
2) No credit card information is necessary to enter to win!
3) You will instantly have access to millions of ebooks on your existing reader, or you can purchase a new ereader in the store.
4) 
Signing up via the inklings link guarantees that your future eBook purchases will continue to support your local bookstore!

The winner will be chosen on Monday, November 26th and posted in the store.
You must come into the store to see if you have won, if the eReader is not claimed in by Sunday, December 2nd, a new winner will be chosen!

Thanks and Good Luck!!

 



Note: If you already have an account with Kobo, please send us an email with the title “Kobo Giveaway” and include the email account that you use with Kobobooks, and the approximate date that you joined! We’ll add you to the drawing, and your future eReader purchases will help support your favorite local bookstore!

 

Be sure you register for an account through our web-site BEFORE attempting to log-in via your device! 

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 9:00am to 11:59pm

Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.

It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger. American Express is offering free and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses get the most out of the day and tools for consumers to show their support. 

 

When is Small Business Saturday? Next weekend, Saturday the 24th, alllll day. 

 

Have more questions? Here's a bunch of FAQ's that might help you. You can look for participating businesses here. Enrollment starts November 18th.

 

Like their Facebook page to get reminders

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