Upcoming Events

 

A Civilized Friday

Friday, November 24th

9:30am - 6:00pm

 

"Christmas shopping should be a luxury where customers can take the time to find the perfect gift."

Based on this sentiment, many bookstores in the U.K. began a 'Civilised Saturday' a couple of years ago as an antidote to the dreaded U.S. import, Black Friday.

In the spirit of Giving, being Thankful and Civilized, Bridgeside Books offers A Civilized Friday to our friends, supporters, and customers.

Join us throughout the day for delicious mimosas, tea and sweet treats, and live music. As always, we off complimentary giftwrap and cheerful service. We also offer suggestions for everyone on your giving list, Wish Lists to let your loved ones know what you're wishing for this season, and special orders & gift certificates.

 

Waterbury Artisans' Holiday Boutique

Saturday, November 25th

10:00am - 4:00pm

 

Come celebrate Small Business Saturday at The Waterbury Holiday Artisans' Boutique popping up with us + Bridgeside Books on Saturday, November 25th, from 10 am - 4 pm!

 

Cider Monday

Monday, November 27th

9:30am - 6:00pm

 

We invite you to step away from the computer and come on down to Bridgeside Books for a cup of hot mulled cider, a Cold Hollow Cider Mill donut, and some good ol' fashioned customer service!

We enjoy recommending books and gifts for everyone on your list, plus we offer complimentary gift wrap! Keep it LOCAL!

 

Books For A Cause/Giving Tree Kick Off

Tuesday, November 28th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Join Bridgeside Books and Stowe Street CafĂ© for a very special evening of Books For A Cause on Tuesday, November 28th (#GivingTuesday) as we kick off our annual Giving Tree to donate books to the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF). This year we have set a goal of donating 400 books to this amazing organization! 

Special guest Taryn Noelle + Friends will serenade us with an early holiday/ winter show filled with pop, jazz standard and theatre tunes! Visit with friends + neighbors, enjoy nibbles + libations, begin your shopping, and get a jump start on celebrating the delights of the season!

From November 28th through December 24th, Bridgeside Books will offer 20% off any children's books purchased for donation to CLiF. The books can be placed under the Giving Tree at Bridgeside Books. Books purchased elsewhere can also be dropped off at Bridgeside Books and placed under the Giving Tree. Only new books will be accepted for CLiF programs.

Children's Literacy Foundation provides free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 in almost 85% of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 200,00 children in nearly 400 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont. Please visit www.clifonline.org for complete information.

For more on #GivingTuesday: GivingTuesday.org
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

 

The Giving Tree @ Bridgeside Books

Tuesday, November 28th - Sunday, December 24th

9:30am

 

From November 28th through December 24th, Bridgeside Books will offer 20% off any children's books purchased for donation to CLiF.  The books can be placed under the Giving Tree at Bridgeside Books.  Books purchased elsewhere can also be dropped off at Bridgeside Books and placed under the Giving Tree.  Only new books will be accepted for CLiF programs.

Children's Literacy Foundation provides free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.  CLiF has served more than 200,000 children in nearly 400 communities in the Twin States since 1998.  Visit www.clifonline.org for complete information.

For more on #GivingTuesday: GivingTuesday.org

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

 

NaNoWriMo Final Share & Celebration

Thursday, November 30th

5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

Join us as we wrap up NaNoWriMo! We will celebrate ourselves for participating in, and hopefully accomplishing, NaNoWriMo.

Celebratory snacks and drinks will be available.

 

'A Farm for Maisie' Book Signing & Reading

Saturday, December 2nd

11:00am - 12:00pm

 

We are SO excited to welcome back Sweet Pea and Friends: A Farm for Maisie! Farmer John and Maisie will be on hand to read the new book, plus sign & paw print copies!


Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver!


When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she's excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal's job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie's job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help-she's going to be a sheepdog!


This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

 

Bill McKibben + Ken Squier: A Conversation 'Radio Free Vermont'

Thursday, December 7th

6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Join us for a special evening with Bill McKibben + Ken Squier, broadcast on WDEV. Bill will discuss the new novel 'Radio Free Vermont', leading into a conversation between Bill + Ken with Q & A from the audience. Book Signing will follow the discussion.

About the book:
A book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own re...public.

In Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben entertains and expands upon an idea that's become more popular than ever--seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of 'Ethan Allen Day' and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is Bill McKibben's fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.

About the author:
Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, has written over a dozen books, including Eaarth and Oil and Honey. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter. Radio Free Vermont is his first novel.

 

Mark Bushnell 'Hidden History of Vermont' Book Signing

Saturday, December 9th

11:00am - 1:00pm

 

Join Bridgeside Books in welcoming local author Mark Bushnell on Saturday, December 9th. Mark's new book Hidden Histories of Vermont has just been released.

About the Book:
Vermont's history is marked by fierce independence, generosity of spirit, and the saga of human life along its steep slopes and fertile valleys. Meet the widow who outwitted Tories and may have spied for the Green Mountain Boys. Encounter the family who gained a national following by summoning spirits. Discover why one governor opposed women's suffrage and how that may have involved spirits of another sort. Visit an island retreat where Harpo Marx cheated at croquet and satirist Dorothy Parker wore nothing but a garden hat. Historian Mark Bushnell offers a glimpse of the Green Mountain State rarely seen.

About the Author:
Mark Bushnell worked for a dozen years as an editor for Vermont newspapers. Since 2002, he has written regularly about Vermont history, first for the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and more recently a weekly column for VTDigger, a statewide news website. He is the author of Discover Vermont! The Vermont Life Guide to Exploring Our Rural Landscape and It Happened in Vermont. He has also contributed chapters to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man who Would Be President, and Lake Champlain: An Illustrated History.

 

An Afternoon with I Cantori

Saturday, December 16th

2:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Join us for a very special afternoon with I Cantori-Harwood Union High School Honors choir. I Cantori will be singing holiday favorites for our listening pleasure. Begin, or finish, your holiday shopping while being serenaded by some of the best young voices around!

This choir is an auditioned group of 15 students that participate in music festivals and concerts both at Harwood and throughout the region.

Warm mulled cider + holiday treats will be served.

 

A Morning with Carol Schein's Piano Students

Saturday, December 16th

10:00am - 11:30am

 

Join Bridgeside Books in welcoming local piano students for an in-store recital. Enjoy live tunes while working on your Christmas list!

 

Grannie Snow 'Silas and Opal's Outdoor Adventure' Book Signing

Saturday, December 16th

11:00am - 1:00pm

 

Join us in welcoming Grannie Snow back to Bridgeside Books! We are so excited to host Grannie Snow with the latest book, Silas and Opal's Outdoor Adventure. The Silas Series is always a perfect gift to give and receive!


Silas and Opal's Outdoor Adventure Miss Opal's first trip outdoors turns into quite a "stinky" adventure when her curiosity gets the better of her. Opal meets a skunk and soon realizes she is in for more than she bargained for. When Big Ole Striped Silas tries to send the skunk on his way, he's in for a big surprise too!

 

Vermont Liberty Tea Company Holiday Tea

Saturday, December 16th

11:00am - 3:00pm

 

Join us at Bridgeside Books on December 16th to celebrate the Holidays! 

Enjoy sipping seasonal teas, meeting new owner Seth Maloney, and picking up all your favorite teas and accessories for gift giving.