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TBA

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Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

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Drag Queen Story Hour

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Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky is ready to Kick Off PRIDE Month with you!

Grab the Little ones and everyone you know as we come together and celebrate PRIDE together!

What to expect?

Come Join Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky, and let's read stories together!

We will read two Pride Educational Books, learn about Stonewall, and understand what PRIDE is!

And the Best part is. You Get to read a storybook with a Drag Queen!

After our Storytime event, we even have a surprise for you! We will be producing a Mini Drag Show to get you pumped and ready for PRIDE Month!

All our events are made for all ages

Tickets are On Sale Now that Space is limited!

Tickets are $5.00 Per Person.

Why Do We Charge? All Donations and Ticket Sales are reinvested Back into our Monthly Reading Programs and help Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky continue its mission, reach our goals, and provide Inclusive, accessible, and culturally diverse educational programming

When arriving, please come to the Check table, and we will scan your tickets.

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Grab the Little ones and everyone you know as we come together and celebrate PRIDE together!

Olympian Simidele Adeagbo - Sleigh Sleigh Sleigh All Day!

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Sunday, March 27, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Masks are strongly encouraged to protect immuno-compromised friends. Thanks for your help!

Please call ahead about mobility device access and ADA parking.

 

In Adeagbo’s impactful story of courage, a young Black girl named Damilola wants so much to sled down the big snow hill like the other kids. But she’s never done it before and she’s scared. Can she find her confidence, self-belief, and bravery to help her accomplish her dreams? 

In the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Adeagbo became the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and Black woman to compete in skeleton (a sport in which athletes hurl themselves headfirst on a sled down an icy hill at eighty miles an hour). She has since become the first African gold medal winner at an international bobsled race and is the most decorated Nigerian and African bobsled and skeleton athlete of all time. Adeagbo’s journey from University of Kentucky track star to Olympic history maker to children’s book author started with a desire to create a story of diversity and overcoming adversity, empowering young girls to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams.

Adeagbo’s new picture book has the character Damilola repeating a courage-inducing mantra that the author was motivated to include based on Nigerian Yoruba culture. Called an “oriki,” it is a form of praise poetry; each family has their own which tells the stories of their ancestors and is used to inspire and describe future destiny. Adeagbo’s five-year-old niece recites a mantra each day, giving the author the incentive to weave her own into her story to empower other young girls.

Hailed by the New York Times as a role model for Africa and beyond, barrier-breaking Olympian Simidele Adeagbo debuts a powerful, vibrantly-illustrated picture book about overcoming obstacles and discovering the boldness within.

When Damilola tries sleighing down an icy slope for the first time, she thinks she knows exactly what it'll take to reach sledding success. With a snazzy new snowsuit and a lightning-fast sled, she comes to realize, however, that true victory lies not in what is seen but in unlocking her bravest, boldest, and best self.

With whimsical and inspiring text, Olympian Simidele Adeagbo bring readers an uplifting, universal story about new experiences, never giving up, and finding your power.

Sleigh, Sleigh, Sleigh All Day Cover Image
By Simidele Adeagbo, Petra Paliskova (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9798985595406
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Simisleighs Enterprises, LLC - March 8th, 2022

Hailed by the New York Times as a role model for Africa and beyond, barrier-breaking Olympian Simidele Adeagbo debuts a powerful, vibrantly-illustrated picture book about overcoming obstacles and discovering the boldness within.


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A role model for Africa and beyond, barrier-breaking Olympian Simidele Adeagbo debuts a powerful, vibrantly-illustrated picture book

Danica Novgorodoff presents Alexander von Humboldt

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

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Budding botanists, growing geologists, and early explorers will dive into this picture book biography about the father of ecology, Alexander von Humboldt. The captivating prose and art from a New York Times bestselling illustrator will spark a passion for discovery and conservation in the youngest readers.

An event for everyone, including artists, parents, and educators!

Everything is Connected: Inspiring wonder & curiosity through the story of Alexander von Humboldt’s explorations of the natural world

Join author/illustrator Danica Novgorodoff and environmental educator Rachel Beck for a discussion of Alexander von Humboldt’s vision of ecological interconnectedness, how to nurture lifelong curiosity in kids and adults, how to connect your knowledge of the larger world back to the place you live—and how Danica fit the life of the most prolific scientist of the 19th century into a 32-page children's book!

Whether sailing across the ocean, hiking through the jungle, or climbing the highest volcanic peaks, everywhere Alexander went, he observed the land, animals, and culture. And where others saw differences, Alexander spotted connections.
 
Discover the incredible life of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, whose explorations created the basis for modern ecology, whose travels made him one of the most famous scientists of his day, and whose curiosities have inspired generations of creative thinkers.

 

Danica Novgorodoff makes art and writes stories. Her graphic novels include Slow Storm, The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Refresh Refresh, and Long Way Down written by Jason Reynolds. Danica loves learning the names of plants, climbing mountains, and drawing animals. She first became interested in Alexander von Humboldt while living in Ecuador near the Cotopaxi volcano. She found herself falling in love with the same landscapes that Alexander had explored so many years before. Danica lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family. You can find her online at danicanovgorodoff.com.

 

Rachel Beck is an environmental educator and life long learner. Growing up in the woods of Indiana and traveling extensively as a child, she easily fell into the role of an educator where she learns with and for the children around her. She entered the education field as an informal educator for the Kentucky Science Center where wonder, curiosity, and asking questions led every learning journey. Rachel now applies those same skills and ways of approaching the world to her work at Virginia Chance School as the Director of Environmental Programs. As an adult she still explores the woods and travels with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Kara. 

Alexander von Humboldt: Explorer, Naturalist & Environmental Pioneer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524773083
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 22nd, 2022

Budding botanists, growing geologists, and early explorers will dive into this picture book biography about the father of ecology, Alexander von Humboldt. The captivating prose and art from a New York Times bestselling illustrator will spark a passion for discovery and conservation in the youngest readers.


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Budding botanists, growing geologists, and early explorers will dive into this picture book biography about the father of ecology, Alexander von Humboldt.

Olivia A. Cole with Ashley Woodfolk - The Truth About White Lies

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Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

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For fans of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight, this gripping YA novel digs into the historical and present-day effects of white supremacy and the depths of privilege. 

 

Shania never thinks much about being white. But after her beloved grandmother passes, she moves to the gentrifying town of Blue Rock and is thrust into Bard, the city's wealthiest private school. At Bard, race is both invisible and hypervisible, and Shania's new friends are split on what they see. There's Catherine, the school's queen bee, who unexpectedly takes Shania under her wing. Then there's Prescott, the golden boy who seems perfect...except for the disturbing rumors about an altercation he had with a Black student who left the school. 

But Prescott isn't the only one with secrets. As Shania grieves for the grandmother she idolized, she realizes her family roots stretch far back into Blue Rock's history. When the truth comes to light, Shania will have to make a choice and face the violence of her silence. 

 

Olivia A. Cole is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky. Her essays, which often focus on race and womanhood, have been published in Bitch Media, Real Simple, The LA Times, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Gay Mag, and more. She teaches creative writing at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, where she guides her students through poetry and fiction, but also considerations of the world and who they are within it. She is the author of several books for children and adults. Learn more about Olivia and her work at oliviaacole.com and follow her on Twitter @RantingOwl.

 

Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University and worked in children's book publishing for over a decade. Now a full-time mom and writer, Ashley lives in a sunny Brooklyn apartment with her cute husband, her cuter dog, and the cutest baby in the world. Her books include The Beauty That RemainsWhen You Were Everything, Blackout and the Flyy Girls Series.

The Truth About White Lies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780759554122
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

For fans of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight, this gripping YA novel digs into the historical and present-day effects of white supremacy and the depths of privilege. 

Shania never thinks much about being white.


Blackout: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063088092
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love to this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming novel that shines a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781524715946
Availability: Not currently in stock, but we are happy to backorder and notify you when it arrives.
Published: Ember - March 9th, 2021

For fans of Nina LaCour's We Are Okay and Adam Silvera's History Is All You Left Me, this heartfelt and ultimately uplifting novel follows one sixteen-year-old girl's friend breakup through two concurrent timelines--ultimately proving that even endings can lead to new beginnings.


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This gripping YA novel digs into the historical and present-day effects of white supremacy and the depths of privilege. 

Valentine Shop, Sip, and Stroll on Frankfort Avenue

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Shop, Sip, and Stroll Louisville's Crescent Hill Neighborhood on Frankfort Avenue. Enjoy drink specials, treats, tastings, savings - and support the city you Love.

Arrive early for special doorbusters!

In collaboration with our neighboring retailers Bourbon Barrel Foods, Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace, Margaret's Consignment, and The Wine Rack

Here at Carmichael's we'll be hosting a couple's book hunt! Ask for a prompt card when you arrive and get to know your boo a bit better by browsing the bookshelves for inspiring titles. Complete your cards and enter to win bonus booty!

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By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translated by)
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811217293
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: New Directions - January 17th, 2008

Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"


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A neighborhood event with lots of love and fun in store!

DeeDee Cummings' In the Nick of Time Story Hour

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Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 2:00pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

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Passcode: 352763

DeeDee will be broadcasting from the store - don't hesitate to order your own copy for her to sign and personalize! Link below, or call our stores.

Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.

Nick’s actions and kindness are filled with heartwarming results that even please Santa Claus himself! An endearing story of a little brown boy who helps Santa save Christmas.

Children of all ages and backgrounds who read In the Nick of Time will understand that sometimes the smallest act of kindness can take up the biggest space in someone else’s heart.

 

As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children’s books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers “see themselves” in the pages of the books they read. 

 

By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children’s books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. 

 

Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 23rd and 24th, 2021. 

 

Deedee Cummings

Author and Owner of MakeaWayMedia.com

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.  Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.

Connect with DeeDee via her other websiteFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and YouTube.

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Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can take up the biggest space in someone else’s heart.

Brittany J. Thurman presents Fly

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Masks are required for in-person events.

Pure joy and the power of community radiate from this sweet picture book about a young Black girl’s perseverance and confidence in following her double Dutch dreams.

Africa’s grandmother was a double Dutch legend, and Africa knows she can become the same. Her brother scoffs when she signs up for a double Dutch competition, though—how can she hope to compete when she’s never done it before? But Africa has all the tools she needs: memories of her grandmother, her bestie Bianca’s dance moves, her friend Omar’s rhythm, and her classmates’ Mary Mack timing and cartwheels.

If Africa can pull everything together to jump some winning moves, she might just fly, but it’s the birthmark in the shape of her name that tells her she’s always been a winner.

Brittany J. Thurman is the author of Fly, from Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. Brittany holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. During her graduate years at Carnegie Mellon University, Brittany’s plays were produced in Aspen, Colorado, and on New York’s City’s Theatre Row. She is a graduate of Kingston University in London, England, where she spent several years studying theater. She is a former children’s specialist and museum educator, where she advocated for early literacy, reading hundreds of stories to thousands of children across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brittany currently lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where she holds tight to her elders, her roots, and her childhood home. When Brittany isn't writing, you can catch her biking along Louisville’s waterfront, safely travelling, and spending plenty of time with her family.

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By Brittany J. Thurman, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454873
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Pure joy and the power of community radiate from this sweet picture book about a young Black girl’s perseverance and confidence in following her double Dutch dreams.

Africa’s grandmother was a double Dutch legend, and Africa knows she can become the same.


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If Africa can pull everything together to jump some winning moves, she might just fly!

Your Legacy Virtual Launch Event

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

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A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors

Please join us for a virtual launch event for YOUR LEGACY, a proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors, written by Schele Williams and illustrated by Tonya Engel.

Your story begins in Africa.
Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years of slavery in America and passed down an extraordinary legacy to you.

Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children. While your ancestors’ freedom was taken from them, their spirit was not; this book celebrates their accomplishments, acknowledges their sacrifices, and defines how they are remembered—and how their stories should be taught.

 

Schele Williams is a Broadway director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work. She is directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and The Wiz, as well as the premieres of Mandela the Musical and Indigo. She has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is on the steering committee of We Stand United and is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. She has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as Chairperson of the Board. 

Tonya Engel is a self-taught artist living in Houston, Texas. Folk artists of the deep South have influenced her work, as well as contemporary masters such as Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden, and Gustav Klimt. Her bold style is figurative, textured, colorful, and ripe with symbolism. Engel made a spectacular debut in children’s publishing with her illustrations in Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou, written by Bethany Hegedus and published by Lee & Low Books in 2019, and the recently published My Hair is Magic! by M.L. Marroquin.

 

ADVANCED PRAISE FOR YOUR LEGACY:

"A lovingly writtenbeautifully illustrated and stunningly timely book.” --Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, MacArthur Fellow

 "We are grateful to Schele and her dedication to making our beautiful history accessible to our childrenYour Legacy is an educational and celebratory piece we’ve enjoyed sharing with our family. We are extremely excited for this story to be shared with other families as we continue to celebrate our rich history in this world." --Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Wade, New York Times bestselling authors

"Your Legacy is a beautiful and powerful book that empowers children to reclaim and celebrate their ancestral history with pride. Schele Williams writes with a unique and important lens which will directly impact, inspire, and build confidence in Black youth." -- Elena Favilli, co-author of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

★ A must for every Black child growing up in the Americas and will help other races and ages too. . . A truly powerful perspective shift.” --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History Cover Image
By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419748752
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors

Your story begins in Africa. 
Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years of slavery in America and passed down an extraordinary legacy to you.


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Your Legacy is a beautiful and powerful book that empowers children to reclaim and celebrate their ancestral history with pride.

Glennon Doyle in conversation with Alexandra Elle

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:30pm
1295 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

Join us for an evening with our author ambassador Glennon Doyle to celebrate bookstores, readers, and the entire bookish ecosystem.

Pay-what-you-can tickets to benefit booksellers via the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Register for the event here!

"[Booksellers] are — always — people who believe in and deeply invest in communities and art and ideas. And during this pandemic, in which we have lost one local indie per week, we need to prioritize investing in these local businesses who invest so much in us." —Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. An activist, speaker, and thought leader, she is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy — raising over $25 million for women, families, and children in crisis, with a most frequent donation of just $25. Glennon was named among OWN Network’s SuperSoul100 inaugural group as one of 100 “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.” She lives in Florida with her wife and three children.

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