Terrific Thursday Specials!
Thursday, November 6th | and November 13th and 20th and December 4th, 11th, and 18th
We will once again be participating in downtown Decatur’s Terrific Thursdays from Thursday, November 6th to Thursday, December 18th (Thanksgiving Day excepted). Every Thursday in November, for each $50 you spend, you will receive a $5 LSOS gift card redeemable in January; every Thursday in December, for each $100 you spend, you will receive a $10 LSOS gift card redeemable in January. In addition to these shopping specials, Little Shop has planned some festive activities for these Thursdays in December, from the annual Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting to a pop-up comic shop with My Parents’ Basement, to a holiday performance by Decatur High School’s chorus. Stay tuned!
On The Same Page Finale with Author Kate DiCamillo!!!
Friday, November 14th | 7 p.m.
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The grand finale of our 2014 On The Same Page program is a visit from Kate DiCamillo! You don’t want to miss this special celebration, complete with storytelling, performances, art, and of course a reading and signing with the author. All of this happens in Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College. Doors open at 6 pm, and the event will be first come, first seated.
Brief Bio: Kate DiCamillo an award-winning author of children's books. What kind of awards? Two Newbery Medals, one Newbery Honor, a National Book Award finalist, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, a Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction, and others. Kate is currently serving as the Library of Congress' National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
“When we read together—when a grandfather reads to a granddaughter, when a teacher reads to a classroom, when a parent reads to a child, when a sister reads to a brother, when everyone in a town reads the same book silently, together—we are taken out of our aloneness.
Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.
And when we connect, we are changed.”
Fodor's Guide to Walt Disney World With Kids Event
Saturday, November 15th | 4 p.m.
Do you have an upcoming visit with The Mouse planned? Want to know the best way to get around the Magic Kingdom and other WDW parks with your kids in tow? Come out to this informative AND fun event with leading WDW experts, Kim Wright Wiley and Leslie C.W. Jenkins! This is a kid friendly event, and we will have snacks and raffle prizes for attendees.
Sign-ups for December Events Begins
Monday, November 17th | 10 a.m.
Come into the store or give us a call to RSVP and purchase tickets for the Gingerbread Party (Saturday, December 6th at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.); and the The Polar Express Party (Saturday, December 20th at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Tickets are $5/child, and space is limited for these always popular events. Our Gingerbread Party includes a sweet storytime featuring our favorite gingerbread books, and a chance to decorate your own gingerbread man. The Polar Express Party features a reading of the beloved classic book, and a visit with Santa! We’ll be serving hot chocolate, and kids will all leave with their very own jingle bell from Santa’s sleigh.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 29th | All Day
Leave the big box stores behind and come on out and support local Decatur businesses, including Little Shop of Stories! Treat yourself to festivities on the square -- live music, giveaways, free gift wrapping, and an appearance from Santa! Also, for every $200 you spend at any combined Decatur retail shops in November, you can turn in your receipts to the city and receive a free $20 gift card to a local restaurant!
Christmas Tree Lighting!
Thursday, December 4th | 7 p.m.
It's that time of year again! Little Shop of Stories and other local businesses kick off the holiday season with a giant Christmas Tree Lighting on the square! Come out on Thursday, December 4th at 7pm for this beloved tradition, complete with carols from the 4/5 Academy, snacks, hot chocolate, snow, and a visit from Santa. This year, there will be some exciting changes-- a customized light installation to replace the live tree. This tree-shaped installation will still sit on the roof above Little Shop of Stories and will be a more sustainable, workable option for future years. Happy Holidays!
Thanks to all the local businesses who helped make this possible this year: 17 Steps, Appolinsky & Associates, Café Alsace, Cakes & Ale, The Cooks Warehouse/Sherlock's, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Fabu Spa, Greene's Fine Foods, Harry Norman Realtors, Homegrown, Leon's Full Service, McCurdy & Candler, Mudhouse Design, My Own Bookkeeper, Private Bank of Decatur, Salon Red, Salon Red Kids, Squash Blossom, Starbucks, Steinbeck's Ale House, Universal Joint, Verisail Partners, Vivid Boutique, Wild Oats & Billy Goats, J.M. Wilkerson Construction, and Worthmore Jewelers.
Saturday, December 6th | 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Run, run, as fast as you can...to our annual Gingerbread Storytime! We read gingerbread stories and then decorate delicious gingerbread men to eat! Due to the popularity of this event, please note that this event costs $5 per child and you must RSVP and pay in advance to attend. Space is limited, so come in or call the shop on or after November 17th to sign up!
Corduroy Christmas Storytime
Sunday, December 7th | 3 p.m.
Everyone's favorite bear without a button has a new holiday book that revives the original and classic Corduroy by Don Freeman. Before he met Lisa, Corduroy was a bear who wished to be someone's special holiday gift- can Santa help make this wish come true? We will read lots of Corduroy stories and then be visited by Corduroy!
Terrific Thursday: My Parents Basement Pop-Up Comic Shop
Thursday, December 11th | 5 to 9 p.m.
My Parents’ Basement is an up-and-coming comic book store and craft beer bar. Currently, they exist online (with the occasional pop-up shop) but aim to make a brick and mortar location in the heart of the Decatur Square in the future. Their speciality is new comics, though they also have some gems from yesteryear as well. We’re excited that they are setting up shop in our loft space during this Terrific Thursday! Come on by to meet the guys behind this fantastic idea, and buy some goodies. Comics make great stocking stuffers!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Movie Screening
Friday, December 12th | 7 p.m.
Details to follow. We're still working on this one.
Sunday, December 14th | 3 p.m.
Local author Laurel Snyder returns to help us celebrate the Festival of Lights with a special storytime and some dreidel playing!
Terrific Thursday: Decatur High School Chorus
Thursday, December 18th | 7 p.m.
Polar Express Party with Santa
Saturday, December 20th | 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip on the Polar Express! This is one of our favorite events of the year. Join us for a special event where we read The Polar Express , drink hot chocolate, get jingle bells, and best of all, meet Santa! Due to the popularity of this event, please note that this event costs $5 per child and you must RSVP and pay in advance to attend. Space is limited, so come in or call the shop on or after November 17th to sign up!
Sunday, December 21st | 3 p.m.
It's the longest night of the year, and we are reading stories to welcome the new season!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Storytime
Monday, December 22nd | 7 p.m.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of our favorite Christmas books and this year we are having a special storytime to grow our hearts three sizes! Join us for a reading of the classic story. We’ll even have a visit from the Grinch himself!
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Storytime with Santa
Tuesday, December 23rd | 6 p.m.
In case you’ve missed Santa the other time he’s been around Decatur, here’s your last chance to give him your wish list and convince him you should be on the nice list. This is a very sweet and low key annual event -- one of our personal favorites -- with Santa himself reading The Night Before Christmas!