Fourth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival
Friday, October 17th | 5 to 7 p.m.
$7 in advance ($20 for a whole family!) $8 at the door ($25 for a whole family) Tickets go on sale October 4th!
$7 in advance ($20 for a whole family!)
$8 at the door ($25 for a whole family)
Tickets go on sale October 4th!
We've got Moxie! This regional favorite, popular in Maine -- and apparently with Ted Williams -- has been on the wish list of more participants than any other beverage for the Decatur Root Beer Festival. It wasn't easy, but we found a case of Moxie Original Elixer, a root based soda. Perhaps my favorite description of the taste of Moxie is that it is reminiscent of the smell of burnt tire rubber. Here's another: "The taste of pennies, dirt, and un-sweetened envelope glue now dance upon your tongue." And another: "I imagine it's what tar tastes like." And: "Each sip starts with a cola, morphs into a root beer, and leaves the aftertaste of some sort of evil black licorice potion from Satan’s private reserve."
On the other hand: "At first sip, Moxie is reminiscent of a weak root beer. Not bad, but not memorable either. Then the bitterness takes hold. Like medicine. Like the tar on a telephone pole. Like the sludge at the bottom of the barrel that you’re supposed to just throw away. But Moxie is a complex beast and once the initial shock wears away, the bitterness mellows, and one is left with a bittersweet taste that isn’t so bad and may even quality as, dare I say it…pleasant."
Well, you asked for it!
Other root beverages to be featured this year include Earp's Sarsaparilla, Reading Draft White Birch and Capt'n Eli's Root Beer. We're also bringing in some other unique sodas, such as Hippo Huckleberry and Avery's Watermellon Soda.
Note that we've moved the Decatur Root Beer Festival to the evening prior to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. We thought a Friday evening event might be particularly fun.
This will be a ticketed event. Details as to price and availability will be posted shortly.
Rachel Renee Russell Author Event!!!
Saturday, October 18th | 7 p.m.
Hey Dork Diaries Fans! Rachel Renée Russell is coming to town with a new book for you! She'll share Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After with us.
Rachel was here last year for the Decatur Book Festival and was a big hit. We're thrilled to have her back.
Because of Winn-Dixie Movie Screening
Saturday, October 18th | 4 p.m.
This 2005 film adaptation stars Jeff Daniels, AnnaSophia Robb, and Dave Matthews. Bring your whole family out for this fun, free event!
The film version is very sweet and appropriate for all ages.
The movie screening will be held at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 3:30.
Vicky Alvear Shecter Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 23rd | 7 p.m.
Calling all would-be demigods, mythology junkies, and kids who love all things scary and gross! Hades, Greek God of the Dead, wants YOU...to meet his underworld minions! Join us for an evening of creepy (and fascinating) Greek underworld myth retellings with Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Hades Speaks! We'll also have gruesomely delicious snacks and a costume contest--so come as your favorite god or monster!
Magic Tree House Traveling Trunk Trivia Tour
Friday, October 24th | 7 p.m.
Think you are an expert at All Things Magic Tree House? Join us for this fun trivia event based on the popular early reader series about a brother and sister who time travel throughout history. We will form two teams: Team Jack and Team Annie and compete for prizes as we test our knowledge of their adventures!
On The Same Page Book Club
Friday, October 24th | 5:30 p.m.
Meet up with other kids (and their parents) who have gotten On The Same Page to discuss how Winn-Dixie won the hearts of everyone in Naomi, Florida.
Decatur Day of Reading!
Friday, October 24th |
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett has proclaimed October 24th as the 2014 Decatur Day of Reading in honor of On The Same Page! To celebrate, we challenge everyone to spend 30 minutes reading Because of Winn-Dixie or any other book!
Halloween Storytime and Parade
Sunday, October 26th | 3 p.m.
Calling all witches and wizards, clowns and cowboys, princesses and pirates! It's time for our annual Halloween storytime. Put on those costumes and come out for some (not-too-scary) Halloween stories! We'll also have treats, of course! And then after our story time, we encourage you to join in or watch the Homegrown Decatur Halloween Parade!
Maggie Stiefvater Author Event!
Monday, October 27th | 7 p.m.
We can’t get enough of Maggie Stiefvater! She’s back with the release of the third (but not final!) book in the Raven Cycle:Blue Lily, Lily Blue. In case you missed her at this year’s Decatur Book Festival, here’s your chance to meet this rockstar YA author. Come out for a fun evening to find out more about what happens to Blue, Gansey, and the others in this exciting, magical series!
Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Author & Illustrator Event!!!
Tuesday, October 28th | 7 p.m.
I had dinner with Jon Klassen last summer during which he showed me a copy of the yet to be released Sam and Dave Dig A Hole. Page by page he explained how his illustrations evolved during his close collaboration with author Mac Barnett. The result is a superbly funny picture book that is also cleverly nuanced.
We'll get Jon and Mac to tell you all about how this great book came together.
Little Shop inadvertantly killed off Mac Barnett a couple of years ago, so we're thrilled to have him back. Jon has never been to Decatur. We'll try to keep him safe.
Adam Gidwitz Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 30th | 7 p.m.
Adam Gidwitz is one of our favorite authors and storytellers. We awarded him a Little Award in 2013 for Most Engaging Author and love turning kids on to his retellings of Grimm Fairy tales! He's coming back to see us just in time for Halloween and we can't think of a better way to get in the spirit of things than an evening of scary stories told by Adam Gidwitz himself. You don't want to miss this horrifying, terrifying, disgusting, bloody, adventurous evening!
Llama Llama Storytime
Sunday, November 2nd | 3 p.m.
We had a Lyle Lyle storytime last month, so now it's time for Llama Llama.
Because of Winn-Dixie Party
Thursday, November 6th | 7 p.m.
Now that you’ve read the book, let’s get together for a celebration! We’ll play games, answer trivia, play with dogs, make crafts, share stories with friends, and so much more. This is always a favorite OTSP event and will be a sweet evening you don’t want to miss.
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.
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On The Same Page Events
Sunday, September 21st | and onward
This year's On The Same Page title is Because of Winn-Dixie. We're simply beside ourselves with excitement.
There are all kinds of events coming up, from Bark If You Love Storytime in September to a visit from author Kate DiCamillo in November.
All kinds of information concerning the On The Same Page program can be found here.
On The Same Page Pet Supply Drive and Community Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 11th | through Sunday, October 26th
Before he was adopted by India Opal, Winn-Dixie was homeless, and there are lots of dogs in our community who also need a loving home. This year, On The Same Page is partnering with PAWS Atlanta, a not-for-profit animal welfare organization that provides love and care to homeless animals until permanent homes can be found. Help us keep these furry friends well stocked with care necessities by participating in our Pet Supply Drive from October 11 to 26. Requested items include newspapers, paper towels, Windex, Dawn dish detergent, dog and cat toys, gently used towels, and dog leashes (slip lead style only) and can be dropped off at Little Shop of Stories. Visit pawsatlanta.org for more info.
In conjunction with the supply drive, On The Same Page will also be having a Community Volunteer Day at PAWS Atlanta (5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035) on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 12pm. Volunteers must be at least 9 years old in order to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. We will be working in the shelter cleaning, organizing, general landscaping, and (of course) socializing and playing with the animals! Space is limited, so please email us to sign up your family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AJC Decatur Book Festival!
Friday, August 29th | through August 31st
We hope you all had a great time at the Decatur Book Festival.
Little Shop does have signed copies of books by most of the authors who appeared on the Children's and Teen Stages, as well as at the stages at the Decatur Rec.