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2017 White Birch Bookstore Events

We have a great series of book store events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

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THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR   Author Evening with Suzanne Bouffard
Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with New England Author, Suzanne Bouffard about her latest educational book, THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children. We encourage teachers, educators, parents and everyone in the community to come and take part in what is sure to be an interesting and enlightening evening about the future of our children.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
An eye-opening look inside pre-K in America and what it will take to give all children the best start in school possible.
At the heart of this groundbreaking book are two urgent questions: What do our young children need in the earliest years of school, and how do we ensure that they all get it? Cutting-edge research has proven that early childhood education is crucial for all children to gain the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed later in life. Children who attend quality pre-K programs have a host of positive outcomes including better language, literacy, problem-solving and math skills down the line, and they have a leg up on what appears to be the most essential skill to develop at age four: strong self-control. But even with this overwhelming evidence, early childhood education is at a crossroads in America. We know that children can and do benefit, but we also know that too many of our littlest learners don't get that chance--millions of parents can't find spots for their children, or their preschoolers end up in poor quality programs.

With engrossing storytelling, journalist Suzanne Bouffard takes us inside some of the country's best pre-K classrooms to reveal the sometimes surprising ingredients that make them work--and to understand why some programs are doing the opposite of what is best for children. It also chronicles the stories of families and teachers from many backgrounds as they struggle to give their children a good start in school. This book is a call to arms when we are at a crucial moment, and perhaps on the verge of a missed opportunity: We now have the means and the will to have universal pre-kindergarten, but we are also in grave danger of not getting it right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne Bouffard is a writer with a background in child development and education. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and has spent the past ten years conducting and writing about education research at Harvard University. Bouffard’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Parents magazine online, Educational Leadership magazine, and The Harvard Education Letter, and she is the coauthor of Ready, Willing, and Able. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

 
THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE   Author Presentation with Casey Sherman
Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m.

Join us at the bookstore for an early evening presentation and book signing with Fryeburg Academy Graduate, Author Casey Sherman, who will be discussing his newest book, THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS and signing copies. Make an evening of it and head out to dinner at one of the The Valley Originals restaurants after the presentation!

While everyone knows of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral craze that swept the nation in summer 2014, too few know the truly inspirational story behind it. Pete Frates was a man at war with his own body. A man whose love for others was unshakable. A man who refused to fight alone, and in so doing mobilized a global army to combat one of the most devastating diseases on earth: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. When disease crippled Frates, the former Boston College baseball star turned tragedy into inspiration. Pete’s story is a testament to the power of love, the steadfastness of family, the generosity of strangers, and the compassion of crowds.

Casey Sherman is a New York Times Bestselling Author of ten books including The Finest Hours (now a major motion picture starring Casey Affleck & Chris Pine) and Boston Strong (the basis for the new film Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg). Sherman is also the author of Search for the Strangler, Animal, Bad Blood, Black Irish, Black Dragon and the forthcoming Above & Beyond and The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Sherman is a contributing writer for Esquire and FoxNews.com and has appeared as a guest an analyst on more than 100 television news programs. Sherman is also a graduate of Barnstable High School (Cape Cod), Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg, Me.) and Boston University. Half of the authors’ proceeds will go to the Frates family.

 
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