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All Hallow’s Read

16 Oct

An annual spooky book celebration held as part of Woodlands Cemetery’s Halloween Fun Day.

Sunday, Oct. 24, Noon – 3 pm, The Woodlands (40th & Woodland Ave.)

Peruse a collection of new and used “spooky” books and take one home to enjoy! (If you have some books you’d like to donate for the event, bring them along.) Books about pumpkins, autumn, monsters, goblins and ghosts, fall, etc… An all ages event.

Sponsors: The Woodlands Cemetery & Historic Landscape, Bindlestiff Books, Free Library of Philadelphia, and A Book A Day. For more information or to arrange to donate books:

K-5 “Find Philly’s Superheroes” contest

24 Sep

Although Fall 2020 started off differently than past years, one thing hasn’t changed, and that’s the heroes in our homes, community, and neighborhood. The A Book A Day program (which places books in two West Philly schools) wants to hear about the powers that your heroes possess. Ask them what they’re best at and tell us what you learned. You can submit a written and illustrated entry. We also welcome oral storytelling (your audio recording should be up to 3-minutes long). Please visit their website to learn more about the contest and how to submit your work. Application deadline is October 30th, 2020.

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  • Wordless books will be accepted. There are no limitations on page numbers. Stories can be written in different languages (please prove a translation for our committee.)
  • We accept stories written in different languages, as long as translations can be provided.
  • Subject line should read: Find Philly’s Superheroes! _[name of student]
  • In the email, please include: Student’s name, student’s grade (K-5), title of the story & best way to contact you.
    (*All personal information will be protected. To ensure fairness, judges will not have access to personal information except for the grade of the applicant.)
  • Attach images of the storybook. Upload each page as clearly as possible.
  • Recorded stories should be up to 3 minutes long. Please send MP3 files.

Contest winners will receive gift certificates to Bindlestiff Books.

Deadline Extended: My Indoor Adventures Children’s Story Contest

21 Apr

The A Book A Day program, in partnership with Bindlestiff Books, is inviting young writers and illustrators (K-5) in West Philadelphia to submit their illustrated short story,  comic, or  picture book:

* This contest is open to multilingual submissions.
* Our program values visual literacy, and we welcome comics and wordless books.
1st place: $125 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books
2nd place: $75 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books
3rd place: $50 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books

Extended Deadline for final submissions: July 1, 2020.
Winners will be announced on July 14, 2020

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal – Online

8 Mar

UPDATE: This event has been moved online in light of covid19, and will begin at 6:30. Click for details. Bindlestiff has 40 copies of the book available for those who were planning to obtain copies at the talk (or for those who weren’t, of course).

What could a Green New Deal look like across the country and right here in Philly? How can we tackle the climate emergency by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy at an urgent pace while building economic and racial justice? What will it take to bring a Green New Deal into being?

Kate Aronoff and Daniel Aldana Cohen will discuss their new book, A Planet to Win, Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street. Admission is free, Bindlestiff Books will have the book available for purchase.

co-hosted by 215 People’s Alliance, 350 Philadelphia, Lilac, Movement Alliance Project, Pennsylvania Working Families, Philly DSA, Philly Thrive, POWER, Reclaim Philadelphia, and Sunrise Movement Philadelphia

One Book Philadelphia: There There

31 Dec

Tommy Orange’s There There is the 2020 One Book One Philadelphia selection, with a wide selection of events at branches of the Free Library. Tommy Orange will visit the Parkway Central Library January 22, to kick off eight weeks of One Book  programming! Between this kickoff event and the finale on March 18, more than 100 events including book discussions, mixed-media art and music workshops, film screenings, poetry readings, community panels, and creative writing workshops all based on the themes of There There.

Youth companion books are the YA book If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth and the children’s book When We Were Alone by David Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett.

The Kingsessing Branch library will host a discussion Jan. 25 at 2 pm; a limited number of free copies of There There are available to participants.

Picture Books Exhibition

13 Oct

From October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present Cinderella & Co.: Three Fairy Tales Reimagined, an examination of illustrations for three well-known and beloved fairy tales—Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. The exhibit juxtaposes the classical tradition with more modern, multicultural and experimental approaches.

Author Reading

31 Aug

On Sept. 27, an exhibit of artwork from the new book Hiker Trash (by Philly author/artist Sarah Kaizar) opens at Paradigm Gallery, 746 4th St. The opening reception is 5:30 – 10 pm; the exhibit runs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons through Oct. 19.

Our friends with #CreativeattheCannery (winner of the 2019 Intellectual Drunk Fun award) are hosting another author reading & open mic Thursday, Sept. 5, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Dock Street Cannery, 705 S. 50th St., West Philly. This month’s reading features Quinn Eli, Tim Fitts, Katherine Locke and Siwaraya Rochanahusdin.

The Dollar Stroll returns to Baltimore Avenue Thursday, Sept. 12, beginning at 5:30. There’s food, theater tickets, dog treat, entertainment and (at Bindlestiff) $1 books; and we’re working on a special surprise performance in the magic garden behind the store.


West Philly Sinkhole stickers

22 Jun

We got our fourth batch of West Philly Sinkhole buttons in Saturday, featuring the iconic image of the sinkhole swallowing a trolley car. The designer informs us that this is the last batch.

We also have vinyl sinkhole stickers, which arrived in time for the Water Department’s presentation on the history of Mill Creek (which meanders underground through West Philly; the sinkholes result from its struggles against the concrete that imprisons it) at USP.

Open late Thursday for Dollar Stroll

4 Jun

This Thursday, June 6, is the first Dollar Stroll of 2019, from 5:30 pm to 8ish, up and down Baltimore Avenue. We will have several new books for $1, a dollar clearance sale on our 2019 calendars, and a bit of contortion. The bookstore will be open until 8 p.m.

Walt Whitman Bicentennial

28 May

This week marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, and celebrations are planned for both sides of the Delaware River. This is part of a year of celebrations including art exhibits, poetry readings, musical performances, ambles through old Whitman haunts, Whitman impersonators, a Walt Whitman mustache look-alike contest and much more:

At Bindlestiff, our window features several editions of Whitman’s poetry, children’s books introducing Whitman to younger readers, and biographies and other explorations of his continuing influence.