Coming up in October in Jersey City:
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Scarry and Brown
Huck Scarry and Peter Brown, talking about
The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever on September 24.

Our October is full of spooky surprises for all ages! Horror legend R. L. Stine kicks the month off with a reading for his newest Fear Street book, Party Games, on October 2; three authors present a Thrills & Chills Night for the 8 - 12 crowd on October 15; on October 22, two YA authors will join teens in telling spine-tingling tales; and on October 25 there’s a Costume Storytime for the littlest monsters.

We’ve also got lessons in Dothraki, a whiskey tutorial, a pet-friendly event, and more. And! If you'd like to get reminders via text, you can now join our "events class" at You'll get (at most, and sometimes less) one hand-crafted text a day with event information. Who needs a calendar?

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For Fear Street and Goosebumps fans:
Party Games with R. L. Stine
Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Master of spooky children’s literature R. L. Stine returns to his bestselling Fear Street series with Party Games and joins us for a reading, Q&A, and signing.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

Coming up in Jersey City

Saturdays, 11 a.m. & Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Each week we'll read a different picture book, from the classics to new favorites! Recommended for kids aged 3-6, but everyone is welcome. 
For little monsters:
WorryWoo with Andi Green
Sunday, October 5, 11 a.m.

Join WorryWoo Monsters creator Andi Green for a reading of Don't Feed the WorryBug, plus a craft! Recommended for kids aged 2 to 6, open to all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For animal lovers:
Jeff Campbell presents Daisy to the Rescue
Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. 

We’re celebrating our fuzzy friends with Jeff Campbell as he presents his new book, Daisy to the Rescue, which chronicles the exploits and compassion of fifty heroic animals. He’ll be sharing stories and signing books. A do-not-miss event for animal lovers! (Two-legged attendees only, please.)

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For Game of Thrones fans:
Learn Dothraki with David Peterson
Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.

Linguist David Peterson is best known for creating the Dothraki language for HBO’s Game of Thrones, and now he’s written the book on it. Join us for a lesson in Dothraki followed by a Q&A and signing. Dragons welcome.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For young Vikings and gamers:
Lou Anders presents a Frostborn Reading and Game Night
Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.

Calling young gamers: come meet author Lou Anders, learn about the Viking-inspired adventure Frostborn, and play the game that goes along with the book! Recommended for ages 8 and up, open to all.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.    
For padawans:
Star Wars Day Storytime
Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m.

The Force is strong with this storytime! Come listen to Star Wars stories and color, fold, glue, and answer your way through some spacey crafts and games. Recommended for kids of all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For young fans of space adventures:
Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza with Dan Yaccarino
Sunday, October 12, 11 a.m.

Writer and illustrator Dan Yaccarino presents a spacey storytime to celebrate his new book, Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza. Perfect for young fans of James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior and Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl. Recommended for kids aged 7 and up; open to all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For teenage rebels:
Ana Benaroya presents 120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.

Illustrator and artist Ana Benaroya presents her witty and ironic guide to nonconformist girlhood, 120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (And Influence People). Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For fans of campfire stories:
Thrills & Chills Night featuring J. A. White, Claire Legrand, and Lauren Magaziner
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.

Join authors Claire Legrand (The Cabinet of Curiosities), Lauren Magaziner (The Only Thing Worse Than Witches), and J. A. White (The Thickety) as they answer questions from the audience and read from their fun and spooky books, just in time for Halloween! Ages 7 and up. Halloween costumes welcome!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For whiskey imbibers:
Heather Greene presents Whiskey Distilled
Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

Rocks or neat? Whiskey or whisky? Come find out as New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier Heather Greene celebrates the launch of her book, Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life. She’ll be reading, answering questions, signing books, and serving samples.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For little hula hoopers:
Hula Hoopin' Queen Storytime
Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m.

Thelma Lynn Godin joins us for a storytime and hula hooping session in honor of her new book, Hula Hoopin’ Queen. Recommended for kids aged 5 and up; open to all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For kid builders:
PlusPlus Play Day
Monday, October 20, 3:30 p.m.

Come build with us as we spend the afternoon getting creative with one of our favorite new toys. We’ll provide the pieces and you provide your imagination! Recommended for kids aged 3 and up; open to all ages.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For truth seekers:
#NEWSFAIL with Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny
Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

The creators and co-hosts of Citizen Radio Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny present their take on the big issues of today in their “comedic-memoir-slash-political-manifesto” #NEWSFAIL.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For brave readers:
Scary Stories Night with Micol Ostow and Danielle Paige
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

Witches and haunted houses abound at this scary storytelling night with YA writers Micol Ostow (Amity) and Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die). Want to share your own story? Sign up by emailing

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For local survivors:
Kathryn Miles presents Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

Almost two years after Hurricane Sandy the East Coast is still recovering from the damages. Join journalist Kathryn Miles as she presents a moment-by-moment account of the largest storm to ever hit the Atlantic in her new book, Superstorm. She'll be reading, answering questions, and signing books.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For local musicians and writers:
Open Mic with Len Vlahos
Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Musician and author Len Vlahos (The Scar Boys) is back to host our next Open Mic! Bring your own words or a song (3 minutes max). You can sign up in advance by emailing

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For little Halloween enthusiasts:
Costumed Storytime
Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.

Join us for a costumed storytime! We'll read Halloween-themed books, have a costume show-and-tell, and finish it off with a no-mess, all ages Jack-o-lantern craft. And of course, no Halloween is complete without candy!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For teachers:
Educator Night
Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.

Meet Random House Children’s Books sales rep Bobbie Ford and Penguin Young Readers sales rep Nicole Davies at our very first Indies & Educators Night. They’ll be giving advice on setting up author visits at your school, recommending exciting new titles for your classroom, and much more!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For dogs' best friends:
Judith Jones presents Love Me, Feed Me at K9dergarten
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.

Whether you’re already a canine chef or you’re curious about home-cooking for dogs, you’ll want to come by for advice from food editor Judith Jones. She’ll present Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing with Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy, take questions, and sign. Dogs welcome!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
All events are at our Jersey City store,
and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

September Top Ten:

  1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (ebook)
  2. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay (ebook)
  3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami (ebook)
  4. The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (ebook)
  5. Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!, Richard Scarry (ebook)
  6. Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (ebook)
  7. Cathedral, Raymond Carver 
  8. What I Know For Sure, Oprah Winfrey (ebook)
  9. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe (ebook) 
  10. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna (ebook)
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