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Events for Kids & Teens!



Ignore the Trolls book cover
Saturday, November 23, 10:30am
Jordan Gershowitz presents and signs Ignore the Trolls

In the majestic kingdom of Holly Hills lives Tim the Timid, a shy boy who has big dreams. He longs to join the jousting team so he can be one of the Knights, the coolest and most valiant kids at Ye Olde Elementary School. When tryouts are announced, Tim's friend Bethany the Brave offers him some advice: whatever Tim does, he must ignore the trolls.  For it's not all fairies and unicorns in Holly Hills. The land is overrun with nasty, mocking creatures that love attacking the weaknesses in others with the help of their magic picture-takers, and flocks of vicious bluebirds that tweet their cruelty across the kingdom. If you try to fight them, they only multiply.But shutting out their empty taunts is easier said than done. Will Tim learn to just ignore the trolls, and ride to victory? (POW!)
(Ages 4-8)


The Parker Inheritance book cover
Saturday, November 23rd, 3:00pm
Young Reader's League - An Afternoon with Varian Johnson 

Meet Varian Johnson, author of The Parker Inheritance, this year’s Young Reader League selection. Have your book signed. Join in activities and games. Enjoy photo opportunities and win prizes. The winners of the art and writing contests will also be announced.
Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium • 285 E. Walnut St.

(All Ages) 

Chicken of the Sea book cover

November 30th, 10am
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ellison Nguyen, Thi Bui and Hien Bui present and sign Chicken of the Sea

A band of intrepid chickens leave behind the boredom of farm life, joining the crew of the pirate ship Pitiless to seek fortune and glory on the high seas. Led by a grizzled captain into the territory of the Dog Knights, they soon learn what it means to be courageous, merciful, and not seasick quite so much of the time. A whimsical and unexpected adventure tale, Chicken of the Sea originated in the five-year-old mind of Ellison Nguyen, son of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen; father and son committed the story to the page, then enlisted the artistic talents of Caldecott Honor winner Thi Bui and her thirteen-year-old son, Hien Bui-Stafford, to illustrate it. This unique collaboration between two generations of artists and storytellers invites you aboard for adventure, even if you're chicken. Maybe especially if you're chicken. 
(Ages 4- 12) 


Mystery in Sentence City book cover
Wednesday December 4th, 5:30pm

Vroman's Local Author Day - Kids Edition Featuring Heather Artura
Ms. Oxford's students are writing sentences about bugs, but she soon discovers that in each sentence something is missing. The class calls on their friend, Officer Wiseman, to help them solve the mystery. In this engaging adventure, children will learn the first three rules of writing a sentence.

(All Ages) 


Holiday Stuffed Animal Slumber Party
Friday, December 6th, 6:00pm
Holiday Stuffed Animal Slumber Party
Put on your pajamas and bring over your favorite stuffed animal for a holiday story time and craft. Afterwards, leave your friend with us, because the animals are having a bookstore slumber party!!
(All Ages) 

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 7th, 11:00am
Vroman's Presents Winter Wonderland
This holiday spectacular will feature kid’s treats, Letters to Santa & Holiday crafts, and photo opportunity with Santa! Your photo is FREE courtesy of Vroman’s Bookstore!
(All Ages)

Kids Craft Event at Vroman's Hastings Ranch

Saturday, December 7th, 3:00pm
Holiday Kid's Craft at Vroman's Hastings Ranch
Join us over at Vroman's Hastings Ranch for our monthly Kid's Craft event. This month we're making holiday ornaments! All supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself and have fun!
(Ages 4+)


Gingerbread Decorating House Party
Sunday, December 8th, 11:00am & 3:00pm
14th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party
 Decorate a house that you can take home! $22.00 + tax – includes house and decorations, though you can bring extra candy & décor.  This event sells out every year so this year we are adding a second time slot! Sign-ups are required and this year, please specify which time slot you are signing up for. Space is limited so make sure to call us at (626)449-5320 early to get your preferred time. 
Please sign up by 12/5/19.
(All Ages)

Letters to Santa at Vroman's Hastings Ranch
Sunday, December 8th, 3:00pm

Letters to Santa at Vroman's Hastings Ranch
Join us for a special writing activity for kids. We supply the stationery and we mail the letters to Santa from our store!
(Ages 5+)

Holiday Shopping with Kids Made Easy

Friday, December 13th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Holiday Shopping with Kids Made Easy!

On this special shopping day, Vroman’s will help your little ones purchasing holiday gifts for you and anyone else on their list!

Here’s how to participate:

- Sign your child up for a shopping time slot (by the hour). You can do this by calling Vroman’s Will Call department at 626-449-5320 and letting us know what time works best.
- Purchase a Vroman’s gift card in the max amount you will allow for the purchase(s).
- Send us via email your child’s shopping list of who they are buying for along with a wish list of items and/or likes we can use when shopping. (This can be done in response to your shopping time confirmation you will be receiving from us.)

This service is designated for 5-13 year olds. 

Santa Story Time

Saturday, December 14th, 10:00am
Holiday Story Time Featuring Santa!
Santa helps Mr. Steve reads some holiday favorites & maybe some all-year-round favorites, too! Stick around after for a Photo Op with Santa! 

Hanukkah Story Time

Saturday, December 14th, 10:30am
Hanukkah Story Time at Vroman's Hastings Ranch

Join us over at Vroman's Hastings Ranch for this special holiday story time featuring Alan Silberberg, author of Meet the Latkes.
A craft will be incuded! All supplies will be provided.

Lucy Latke's family is just like yours or mine. Except that they're potato pancakes. And also, they are completely clueless. After lighting the menorah and gobbling the gelt, Grandpa Latke tells everyone the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh. It's up to the Latke family dog to set the record straight. (To start with, they were Maccabees, not Mega Bees...) But he'll have to get the rest of the Latkes to listen to him first!

Hanukkah Story Time

Sunday December 15th, 10:30am
Hanukkah Story Time presented by PJ Library

Join us for this special holiday story time presented by PJ Library: Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs.
PJ Library is a national organization that sends free books each month to families raising Jewish children all over the world in several languages. They mail approximately 200,000 books each month in North America alone.

Holiday Story Time at Vroman's Hastings Ranch

Sunday December 15th, 10:30am
Holiday Story Time featuring Santa at Vroman's Hastings Ranch
Santa stops by Vroman's Hastings Ranch and reads us his holiday favorites & maybe some all-year-round favorites, too!


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