Barnes & Noble spreads holiday cheer with events
Barnes & Noble Book Sellers, located at 1720 W. Olive Avenue in Merced, held its first ever “Stuff the Bus” holiday toy drive for foster youth on Nov. 30.
Rich Lopez, Assistant Store Manager, told the Times, “The first Stuff the Bus toy drive was a great success. There was a small Merced city transit bus parked between Barnes & Noble and Big 5, and we had 100 to 150 people. The people brought toys, books, and even a guitar, and they got on board the bus. They put the toys everywhere — on seats, under seats, and on the floor.
“The donations are for the foster youth and will be given out through Merced County Human Services Agency.
“I’m looking forward to doing it again next Spring and next Christmas.”
The next day, there was another fun event at Barnes & Noble.
On Sundays at 11 a.m., babies up to age 2 and their caregivers can participate in Baby & Me Story Time.
On December 1, Danielle Brummell, who is in charge of the Children’s Department, read “Meet Baby Shark” by Pinkfong, a Korean children’s video outfit.
In the popular story, Baby Shark arrives in a marine habitat. His mother appears, then his father, grandmother and grandfather follow. The sharks go hunting, but the prey, small fish, get away and are safe.
Ajriana Fleming, who is about to be 2-years-old, listened to the story while holding a stuffed baby shark, and she loves the song that goes with it.
The theme of her first birthday party was Baby Shark.
The next holiday event will be on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. during Pajama Story Time, which is for children ages 2 through 5. It will be the reading of the Christmas story, “The Polar Express.”
On Dec. 7 at 11 a.m., children ages 2 through 5 will listen to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and on Dec. 21, “Construction Site on Christmas Night.” Fun activities follow the reading of each story.
According to Brummell, Story Time for the older toddlers is held every Saturday at 11 a.m.
She explained that the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. is “Story Time with a Police Officer,” and an officer from the Merced Police Department reads the story. On occasion, the officer brings a canine officer with him, and the kids get to pet the dog.
For the age group 6 to 12, on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. the book store will celebrate the release of “Dog Man Fetch-22″ by Dav Pilkey, author of “Captain Underpants.” It is the latest book in the hilarious series. The edition available at the book store will have a pull-out poster which kids can color.
For young adults, the YA Book Club meets monthly to explore and discuss compelling characters and stories. On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., the participants will talk about the cult favorite “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman.