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Family & Friends story time for ages 0-6


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5:00 pm 

Picture Book Storytime 
children 3 - 6 

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Wee Ones Story Time for children 2 and under



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Upcoming Events!

Thursday, September 22nd: We're so excited to welcome Andrea Beaty to Hooray for books! Beaty is the author of the New York Times best-selling picture books Iggy Peck, Architect andRosie Revere, Engineer. She will be here presenting her newest picture book, Ada Twist, Scientist, which has all of the hallmarks we've come to love in Iggy Peck Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer -- from imaginative rhymes to outlandish experiments to inspirational children doing great things. If you love Beaty's first two books as much as we do, you will not want to miss out on this fantastic new book, being released on September 6th! You can pre-order your copy at Hooray for Books! by dropping by or calling 703-548-4092 during regular business hours! 6 pm.
Thursday, September 22nd - Sunday, September 25th:
The Old Town Boutique District is holding its Shop & Stroll event! You're invited to take a stroll through historic Old Town Alexandria and explore some of the best boutiques in the area. While you browse and shop, collect stamps at each location, so you can be entered in a grand prize drawing that includes $1,000 worth of gift cards. Additionally, buy a stylish event bag for more savings and goodies. Your bag is your ticket for exclusive shopping discounts at all participating boutiques and the opportunity to collect giveaways at each location. At Hooray for Books!, all merchandise will be 10% off to registered guests! You can register for the Shop & Stroll event here!
Monday, September 26th: We are thrilled to announce that author and cartoonist extraordinaire Kate Beaton is coming to Hooray for Books! If you are a fan of webcomics, then you might already love Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant series. If you frequent our Wednesday Story Times, then you definitely know how much we love her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony. Now, come out to Hooray for Books! as Beaton presents her second and newest picture book, King Baby, available on September 13th. Just as hilarious as all of Beaton's work, King Baby is sure to be a story time favorite that will resonate with everyone who has ever been a parent, aunt or uncle, sibling, or even just seen a baby in action. Pre-order your copy at Hooray for Books! by dropping by or calling 703-548-4092 during regular business hours. You must purchase at least one Scholastic title from Hooray for Books! in order to join the signing line.
 6 pm. 
Wednesday, September 28th: Author and illustrator Juana Medina (1 Big Salad) will be at Hooray for Books! to present her newest novel for the elementary school crowd, Juana and Lucas. This beautifully illustrated chapter book will appeal to fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean! 6 pm.
Juana loves many things: drawing; eating Brussels sprouts; living in Bogota, Columbia; and especially her dog, Lucas. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform or going to dance class, and she especially doesn't love learning English. But when her grandparents tell her about a special trip they are planning -- a trip where they will need Juana to speak English -- she begins to think learning English might be a good use of her time, after all.
Friday, September 30th: Hooray for Books! welcomes author James Ponti (the Dead City trilogy), as he presents and signs his latest novel, Framed -- the exciting first book in a new mystery series! 6 pm.
Imagine that you're halfway through your homework when the Director of the F.B.I. starts frantically texting you for help. What do you do? Save your grades? Or save your country? If you're Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both. Florian is twelve years old, and new to Washington D.C., when he and his friend, Margaret, stumble into a huge mystery: It involves the National Gallery, the F.B.I., and a notorious crime syndicate called EEL. Can Florian help the F.B.I. and finish his homework? And how can his technique -- T.O.A.S.T, or the Theory Of All Small Things -- help save the day?
Tuesday, October 4th: We're really happy that Adam Gidwitz, author of the much beloved Grimm Series, will be returning to Hooray for Books!, this time to present his new novel, The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog! If you enjoy stories about the middle ages, fantasy stories, the tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, and/or stories with dogs - and farting dragons - you will love this book! The Inquisitor's Tale is available on September 27th: To get a ticket to the signing line, pre-order your copy at Hooray for Books! by visiting or calling 703-548-4092 during regular business hours. If you do not want to purchase a book, you can still attend the event by registering. Registration is free, but you will not get a ticket to the signing line. Space is limited, so order your book or register today! 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 5th: In case you missed it, we are in an election year! And what an election cycle it has been! This is the perfect year to teach your child a few cool things about the system of government in the United States of America -- and we have the perfect book and author to help you! Syl Sobel will be at Hooray for Books! presenting the latest edition of his book, Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts. Don't miss your chance to enter into the political system with this fantastic, entertaining book that serves as a great introduction to American politics or as a fun supplement to a fourth or fifth grade civics class! 6 pm.   
Thursday, October 6th: If you love Pete the Cat, you'll be thrilled to know that we will have authors/illustrators James Dean and Kimberly Deanin the store to present the newest Pete the Cat adventure -- Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes -- which will be released on October 4th. Pre-order your copy with us today by calling 703-548-4092 or coming by during regular business hours. This event is free and open to the public, but to join the signing line you must purchase at least one Pete the Cat title from Hooray for Books! We can't wait to see you on October 6th! 6 pm.
Friday, October 7thCome to Hooray for Books! for a special 10:30 AM Story Time suitable for children of all ages, hosted by author David Fitzsimmons! He is a freelance photographer and writer, and is the author of the acclaimed Curious Critters series! At story time, Fitzsimmons will perform parts of his Curious Critters books. Children will hop like toads, swim like sea bass, and shriek like hawks, as they explore the worlds of common North American animals. The show includes puppets and a take-home activity for all children. 10:30 am.
Tuesday, October 11thAre you ready for cooler temperatures and winter sports? Have you always wanted to meet an Olympic athlete? Well, then, mark your calendars! This autumn, author and Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi will visit Hooray for Books! to present and sign her new picture book, Cara's Kindness, which will be released on October 4th. You can pre-orderCara's Kindness from Hooray for Books! by calling us at 703-548-4092 during regular business hours or simply drop by the store to place your order! This event is free, but space is limited, so we ask that if you plan on attending, please call to register. Thank you! 6 pm.
As Cara the cat struggles to choose a soundtrack for her figure skating performance, she notices Darby the dog seems a little down. When she discovers Darby is sad because he doesn't know how to ice skate, Cara happily puts aside her problem to help a friend -- but she tells Darby he should help someone, too. Before long, Darby helps out a friend, who helps out another friend, and the circle of kindness makes its way back to Cara just in time for her figure-skating performance!
Wednesday, November 9thWinter in Virginia, a beautiful vineyard, a blackmailer, and an explosive family secret that has vintner Lucie Montgomery researching Prohibition-era Washington D.C. -- a town of bootlegging, jazz, and speakeasies -- for clues to an unsolved murder! This is what you'll find when you dive into Champagne ConspiracyEllen Crosby's newest "Wine Country" mystery. And there's no place better to savor this novel than over a glass of wine with Hooray for Books!, Sonoma Cellar, and author Ellen Crosby herself! 
This is a ticketed event, and space is limited. Your $20 ticket includes an exclusive wine-tasting at Sonoma Cellar (207 King Street, Alexandria, VA), a copy ofChampagne Conspiracy, and a presentation and signing by author Ellen Crosby. Other food and drink will be available for purchase. 
Please call Hooray for Books! at 703-548-4092 or come by the store during regular business hours to purchase your ticket. Champagne Conspiracy will be available for pick-up at the store on and after its publication date, Tuesday, November 1st. This event will be held at Sonoma Cellar; for your convenience, we can bring your book to the event if you request that option at the time of purchase. We can't wait to see you on November 9th at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 29th: Hooray for Books! hosts Jan Brett as she presents her newest picture book, Gingerbread Christmas. This event will be held at Kauffman Auditorium in the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center (1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA). Advanced sign-up and ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Hedgie the Hedgehog -- Jan's favorite friend from The Mittenand The Hat -- and the Gingerbread Christmas bus will be available for photo ops beginning at 4 pmand Jan Brett will begin her presentation at 5 pm.
Ticketing information: 
This event is FREE for children under 12, though we still strongly advise that children under 12 are registered in advance to ensure seating in the auditorium.  
Adult Ticket (presentation only): $15
Adult Ticket Package for One (one adult ticket to the author presentation, one copy of Gingerbread Christmas): $25
Adult Ticket Package for Two (two adult tickets to the author presentation, one copy of Gingerbread Christmas): $35
Additional copies of Gingerbread Christmas may be purchased at Hooray for Books!, and we will have extra copies available to buy at Kauffman Auditorium before and after Jan Brett's presentation. Gingerbread Christmas goes on sale on October 18th; your pre-order will be available for pick up in the store on and after that date. To purchase your ticket for the event and to register any children under the age of 12, call Hooray for Books! at 703-548-4092 or come in during regular business hours. We can't wait to see you on November 29th
Nothing smells better than a new book, book lovers!

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