Hurricane Irma

an update from your friendly neighborhood bookshop

by Heidi
books
books

Everyone is safe, and we didn't have any serious storm damage. Everyone in Florida is exhausted right now, but the main thing is that no one was hurt. We are grateful!

Storytime Under the Sea

with Sandman and Theatre Kids on Fox 4

by Heidi
books
under the sea storytime at sandman book company theatre kids

Sandman Book Company's mermaids, along with Douglas Coventry of Theatre Kids, visited The Morning Blend on Fox 4 to talk about the latest development in live interactive storytelling experiences! Watch the full video here.

School's Out For Summer!

Sandman's Princesses with Theatre Kids on Fox 4

by Heidi
books
Sandman Book Company DL Havlin Books

Sandman Book Company's "Princess Army," along with Douglas Coventry of Theatre Kids, visited The Morning Blend on Fox 4 to talk about storytime, kids reading, and how students can get free books for A's. Watch the full video here.

Florida: the Forgotten Years

a history lecture by DL Havlin

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books
Sandman Book Company DL Havlin Books

Paula Schott reviews DL Havlin's presentation, the first in a Summer Lecture series hosted by Sandman Book Company.

Mr. Havlin presented his lecture to an enthusiastic audience; more events are planned for upcoming months.

DON'T PUSH THE BUTTON!

an interactive story experience from Theatre Kids

by Heidi
books
Sandman Book Company DL Havlin Books

This month's story time featured "Don't Push the Button," by Bill Cotter. Young ladies from the audience instructed the Fairy Tale Teller on "How To Talk To Girls" and Tinkerbelle behaved so badly she was sent home early!

Event Director: Douglas Coventry, Theatre Kids

Characters and costumes provided by volunteers from Sandman Book Company.

Watch the full video here.

Storytime on TV!

Fox 4 Features Sandman Book Company & Theatre Kids

by Heidi
books, cosplay, cinderella, storytime, wonder-woman, theatre-kids, events
2017 Sandman and Theatre Kids

Volunteers from Sandman Book Company had a great time visiting the Fox 4 studio for a special storytime on "The Morning Blend" with Stephanie Summers! To watch the video click here.

Missed this event? Join us next time!

Meet Beauty & the Beast

Sandman Book Company & Theatre Kids Talk about Storytime

by Heidi
books, cosplay, fairyprincessstorytime, storytime, beauty-and-the-beast, theatre-kids, events
2017 Sandman and Theatre Kids

Douglas Coventry (Theatre Kids) and Heidi Lange (Sandman Book Company) put on their story time costumes and visited the Fox 4 studio to talk about Fairy Princess Storytime on "The Morning Blend" with Stephanie Summers! To watch the video click here.

Missed this event? Join us next time!

Pay It Forward

Share Your Love of Reading with the World

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books,

Sharing books with friends, family and even strangers is a wonderful way to be connected with the world...

What is Dystopian Literature?

a reading list

by Heidi
dystopia, books, recommendations, literature, fiction
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A dystopia is a fictional world where people live under a highly controlled, totalitarian system. If utopia describes a society that's designed to be perfect, then dystopia is the other side of the coin - it is what happens when utopia fails. The world of literature has a lot of ideas about how utopias fail - here are a few selections to get you started on this fascinating genre.

The Friday Night Knitting Club

a book review

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books,

Books complete our lives and challenge our emotions...

We're Hiring

apply now

by Heidi
jobs, books
sandman book company

Sandman Book Company is looking to fill an entry level TEMPORARY / SEASONAL position.

This will NOT affect our volunteer staff; the position is primarily back office / warehouse related and won't displace any of our wonderful volunteers.

Among other things, successful applicants must

  • Be able to lift 50 pounds safely.
  • Be able to bend over and pick things up off the ground.
  • Be able to remain on their feet (standing / walking) for an entire shift.
  • Be comfortable around dust (we process and clean thousands of used books daily and this is a surprisingly filthy job). Be good at cleaning (bathrooms, floors, etc). Seriously, we need Cinderella.
  • Know the alphabet song REALLY WELL.

If you are interested, or would like to see a detailed position advertisement, you can apply in person during the hours of 4 - 5 pm, Tues through Sat. Ask for Heidi.

Princess Invasion

In which two new heroines join the storytime cast

by Heidi
books, storytime, punta-gorda, fairy-princess-story-time, events, children
 © 2017

Two new "princesses" joined the cast of costumed characters at story time this month: The Rebel Princess (brandishing her blaster in the photo on the left) and Victor Hugo's tragic heroine Esmeralda. Along with Beauty, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother, the princess of Hawai'i, Tinker Belle, Jack the Pirate, and the Fairy Tale Teller, they read books to local children. Featured titles were "Click, Clack, Moo!" and "Vegetables in Underwear." Missed this event? Join us next time!

Shop Locally!

find books in your own community

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books,

There are many benefits to shopping locally and supporting your community... visit your friendly neighborhood bookshop today!

Villains on the Rise

In which a group of villains invade story time at the bookshop

by Heidi
books, storytime, events, punta-gorda, fairy-princess-story-time
 © David Sussman 2016

Just in time for Hallowe'en, a group of villains arrived at the bookshop for a special edition of Sandman's monthly fairy tale story time. Adults and children alike were delighted (if perhaps a tiny bit scared) to meet their favorite antagonists, portrayed by friendly cosplayers. Photographer David Sussman photographed the event.

What is Southern Gothic Literature?

7 Fall Reading Recommendations from Sandman Book Co

written by Rebecca Lange
southern-gothic, books, recommendations, literature, fiction
storytime

With a resident black cat roaming the bookshelves, there is no better place to find your next October read than at your local independent bookseller. And if you are looking for something literary as well as of regional interest, now is the best time of year to discover the spellbinding world of Southern Gothic fiction.

But what is Southern Gothic? From the post-apocalyptic visions of Cormac McCarthy to Karen Russell’s alligator-infested swamplands, the genre portrays the cultural history of the South through grotesque characters, disjointed family structures, the presence of social alienation and violence, as well as the collision of the supernatural with the natural.

Set amid desolate landscapes, Southern Gothic explores the uncharted depths of human nature. It pulls back the layers of normal, domestic society to peer at our true motives and to reveal the darkness that often lies beneath.

We have a few recommendations to get you hooked on the genre...

Banned Books Week

What IS it?!

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books,

Fight Censorship! Read a Banned Book Today!

storytime

Family friendly cosplayers visit the bookshop for an interactive storytime event. Stop by and meet some favorite characters from the world of literature:

  • Jack the Pirate *FIRST APPEARANCE*
  • Cinderella's Fairy Godmother
  • Princess Ana
  • The Snow Queen
  • the Fairy Tale Teller
  • the Bravest Princess

The interactive story experience begins at 11:30 am. Cameras are welcome (remember to tag us when you post). Guests of all ages may wear costumes if they wish. This event is FREE!

Missed this event? Join us next time:

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Twenty-eight children politely wait in a semi-circle. Their patience is rewarded when a costumed man arrives: the Fairy Tale Teller (Douglas Coventry) is here to tell a story with the help of his friends, the Storybook Princesses of Sandman Book Company. The kids cheer as he introduces Maid Marian, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, Princess Ana and her sister the Snow Queen. 

But when he announces the fairy Tinkerbelle, the doorway remains empty. He calls a second time - and a third. Anxious boys and girls strain to see behind the curtain, hoping for a glimpse of their favorite character... 

storytime

Family friendly cosplayers visit the bookshop for an interactive storytime event. Heroes and princesses pose for pictures with the kids. Stop by and meet some of your children’s favorite characters from the world of literature:

  • Maid Marian
  • Cinderella's Fairy Godmother
  • Princess Ana
  • The Snow Queen
  • Tinkerbelle

The interactive story experience begins at 11:30 am. Afterwards, there will be an orderly lineup for photos, so every guest can talk to his or her favorite character. Cameras are welcome (remember to tag us when you post). guests of all ages may wear costumes if they wish. This event is FREE!

Missed it? Join us next time:

book bridge at sandman book company

We've updated our local authors page, with more info and advice on how to sell your books.

Thursday Night Book Sale

A Bibliophile's Heaven

by Paula Schott (Guest Writer)
books,

"Fill the house with stacks of books! In all the crannies and all the nooks!" - Dr Seuss

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We have Harry Potter & the Cursed Child in stock! Stop by and get your copy today.

If you don't have time to visit the store now, reserve a copy via PayPal & pick it up at your convenience:

Shop local & support independent bookshops. We appreciate your business!

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Too many books gathering dust on your shelves? Consider our book exchange program as an alternative to the recycling bin.

Sandman in the News

Contact Details

Sandman Books
16480 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33955

Email: info@sandmanbooks.com
Website: www.sandmanbooks.com