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Banned Books Week at Village House of Books Starts September 25th!

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From September 25th to October 1st, 2016; Village House of Books will be celebrating Banned Books Week, a yearly event in recognition of the books that have been challenged across the country in the past year.

In a time of trumped up fear and anxiety around the United States because of security, the direction of the country, and our hope for the future – our freedom of expression through literature is one of our most important shared values protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. However, many books continue to be banned by people who find their content objectionable. We at Village House of Books believe in the freedom to read!

Some of the many banned books we sell at Village and where they were banned:

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Series) by Gennifer Choldenko New York State elementary schools

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Leon County, Florida

The Kite Runner Buncombe County, North Carolina

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Troup, Texas School District

The Immortal Life of Henriettta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot Knoxville, Tennessee

Of Mice and Men Couer d’Alene, Idaho

The Adventures of Huckleberry Fun Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Ambridge, Pennsylvania

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Ghosts

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We are proud to announce the release of Raina Telgemeier’s latest book, Ghosts on September 13th. This book helps young children who are struggling with the ideas of loss and death, which they struggle with around the 15th year of remembrance of the September 11th attacks.

If you want your copy of this fantastic story from the creator of Drama, Smile, and Sisters, call the store or email us to make sure we have a copy available for you this week!

Don’t take our word for it, listen to Barrie Hardymon’s interview with Raina Telgemier from NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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September 11th Remembrance

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Please join us in remembering those we lost on that dark morning 15 years ago. They were Americans in New York City, Americans working for the Pentagon, Americans who rushed to the burning and crumbling buildings to save everyone they could, Americans who died on-board three doomed planes, and Americans who gave their lives heroically to stop mad men engaged in a terrible violation of the brother- and sister-hood of humanity and the tenets of Islam.

Village House Of Books mourns the senseless loss of lives of all those who were lost on September 11th and we are dedicated to the principle that the free-flow of ideas is the most powerful tactic we have to combat terrorism.

A terrorist is someone who wants you to sit this day in fear and suspicion of those who are different than you. A terrorist is most terrified when you pick up a book and are inspired with new hope for peace. Or when you give a book to child and they are inspired with new ideas for the future.

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End of Summer! And Eric Henze!

Thank you everyone who stopped by the store this summer and made Summer 2016 very memorable for Village House of Books and the Los Gatos community! We had so much with Waldo, the Grilled Cheese Kitchen day, Cynthia Spivey, and Alina Sayre! Where did all that time go?

We are bringing dozens of new items from local sources, including Slowcoast Coffee, Tea, Honey, Hats, Hoodies, and Airstream Tees. We are carrying the refreshing Blithe and Bonny soaps.  We are also now selling Owen and Fred travel gear for all your adventures.

To cap off a wonderful summer, we’re bringing in Eric Henze on Saturday the 27th.

Saturday the 27th 1 PM – 3 PM

We’re proud to host the bay area’s biggest expert on the western National Parks and the top trails of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Join Eric Henze for a conversation about our national treasures in the western United States and get your own signed copies of his books and his priceless insight.

Hours Change

To keep our store hours more consistent, we are now announcing the following hours changes.

We will be open from 10-5 from Monday through Friday.
We will still be open from 10-6 on Saturday.
We will still have our early day on Sunday from 9-2.

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Finishing up the Second Month of Summer!

waldoThis is the last week of Waldo’s travels in Los Gatos! Did you find him in all his hiding spots? If not…FIND WALDO NOW! You need to bring in your Waldo Passport to Village House of Books before 12:30 PM on July 29th!

We and the downtown Los Gatos business community have had a great time hosting Waldo as he traveled in Los Gatos. We hope you supported your local businesses by bringing your family to each of the Where’s Waldo locations.

This is the last week for hunting for Waldo. Make sure your family drops off their completed passport and that you stick around for the raffle that begins at 1 PM.

August will be a busy month for us at Village!

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We begin with How To Eat Paleo If You Don’t Live In A Cave with Cynthia Spivey!  

Cynthia Spivey has written a simple to understand book that explains how you can start eating Paleo. The book answers simple questions like, “Can I eat cake?” or “Why should I not eat legumes” along with advice for veteran paleo eaters; it’s the definitive resource for the Paleo diet!

We will have Cynthia Spivey as our guest on August 8th from 5 PM to 7 PM for an evening of conversation with the author.

Cover_518On August 14th, Learn how to make the greatest grilled cheese sandwiches in Los Gatos with fantastic sandwiches made by the Bay Area masters, Heidi Gibson and Nathan Pollak! They are the proud owners of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco!

They will be visiting Village House of Books on
August 14th from 1 to 3 PM

You can try one of the sandwiches that have made them famous by purchasing one of their great cookbooks here in the store on August 14th. If you’re interested, please RSVP via Facebook here and choose “Going.”

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The End of the Great Los Gatos Waldo Hunt

The Great Los Gatos Waldo Hunt is coming to an end! Did you find him in all his hiding spots? If not…FIND WALDO NOW! You need to bring in your Waldo Passport before 12:30 PM on July 29th!

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We and the downtown Los Gatos business community have had a great time hosting Waldo as he traveled through Los Gatos. We hope you supported your local businesses by bringing your family to each of the Where’s Waldo locations. Let each store know that you appreciated their support of the Waldo hunt. That’s the only way we get to keep doing it each year.

Then stick around for the fantastic Waldo raffle. If you turned in your passport with 18 stamps, you could win one of our fantastic prizes! The raffle starts at 1 PM and ends at 2. One lucky Waldo searcher will receive a grand set of Waldo books of their very own.

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Profound and Unwanted Changes for Los Gatos

 

Village House of Books does not regularly take political stances, but we feel that this issue is one of paramount importance to the survival of the local businesses we know and love in Los Gatos and our business itself, so we can’t be silent.

Village House of Books is in opposition to the proposed North 40 Development. Many things define our community, but probably the most important is our charming downtown. The Downtown cannot be replicated by any development, but it can be harmed grievously by an unwise one. The North 40 development before you will do serious damage to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Los Gatos downtown is a fragile entity and it requires a critical mass of people to be vibrant: people walking the streets and the shopping. The North 40 Specific Plan allows for 400,000 new square feet of retail (60,000 sf in the first proposal). That is not much below the mammoth 525,000 sf of retail at Santana Row. Our downtown has not more than 230,000 sf of ground floor retail. Combine the North 40 project with the damage already done to the downtown from competition by the revitalized downtown Campbell and we have the potential for a serious drop in people visiting our downtown. What happens if 10 to 20% less people visit the Downtown? The North 40 will have beautiful walking streets, plenty of new restaurants with outdoor seating, national retail stores, and abundant parking conveniently off the Lark Ave exit of Highway 17. As one of the current council members wrote during the North 40 study session: “It is difficult to see what specific restaurant and retail providers would not impact our downtown”

The North 40 proposal stands in direct contradiction to the Town’s North 40 Vision Statement. How is 400,000 sf of retail “seamlessly woven into the fabric of our community…complementing…other Los Gatos residential and business neighborhoods.” And supposedly the North 40 will “…address the Town’s…commercial unmet needs.” Does Los Gatos have 400,000 sf of “commercial unmet needs?” Does anyone really believe that?

Do we want the downtown to become like Saratoga’s? The North 40 will do to our downtown what Valley Fair and Santana Row has done to Downtown San Jose: destroy it. Los Gatos has suffered without a bookstore for years since the closure of Borders…North 40 will destroy Village House of Books. Our Downtown is under attack from traffic congestion, lack of parking, and competition. The planning Commission and Council should be working to promote our Downtown, not voting for a second one.

This is a revised letter as originally prepared by the Committee to Protect Downtown Los Gatos.

Sincerely,
Steve and Cheryl Hare, Owners of Village House of Books
Kendrick Hough, Social Media Coordinator for Village House of Books

The Official Website of the North 40 Plan:
http://www.losgatosca.gov/1729/North-40-Specific-Plan-Area

The Planning Commission
North 40 Proposal
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos,  CA 95030
Email

Council Members
Town Council
North 40 Proposal
110 E Main St
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Mayor Spector
Vicemayor Sayoc
Council Member Jensen
Council Member Leonardis
Council Member Rennie

The Official Website of Town Not City, a grassroots organization committed to defeating the plan.
Town Not City Facebook

Please add your voice by copying and personalizing the form letter below and add your feelings on the North 40 plan and email it to the Planning Commission.

[Name of your business or property] I am writing in opposition to the proposed North 40 Development. Many things define our community, but probably the most important is our charming downtown. The Downtown cannot be replicated by any development, but it can be harmed by one. The North 40 development before you will do serious damage to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Los Gatos downtown is a fragile entity and it requires a critical mass of people to be vibrant: people walking the streets and the shopping. The North 40 Specific Plan allows for 400,000 new square feet of retail (60,000 sf in the first proposal). That is not much below the 525,000 sf of retail at Santana Row. Our downtown has not more than 230,000 sf of ground floor retail. Combine the North 40 project with the damage already done to the downtown from competition by the revitalized downtown Campbell and we have the potential for a serious drop in people visiting our downtown. What happens if 10 to 20% less people visit the Downtown? The North 40 will have beautiful walking streets, plenty of new restaurants with outdoor seating, national retail stores, and abundant parking conveniently off the Lark Ave exit of Highway 17. As one of the current council members wrote during the North 40 study session: “It is difficult to see what specific restaurant and retail providers would not impact our downtown”

The North 40 proposal stands in direct contradiction to the Town’s North 40 Vision Statement. How is 400,000 sf of retail “seamlessly woven into the fabric of our community…complementing…other Los Gatos residential and business neighborhoods.” And supposedly the North 40 will “…address the Town’s…commercial unmet needs.” Does Los Gatos have 400,000 sf of “commercial unmet needs?” Does anyone really believe that?
Do we want the downtown to become like Saratoga’s? The North 40 will do to our downtown what Valley Fair and Santana Row has done to Downtown San Jose: destroy it. Our Downtown is under attack from traffic congestion, lack of parking, and competition. The planning Commission and Council should be working to promote our Downtown, not voting for a second one.

I strongly urge you to vote against this North 40 Development Proposal.

[Your Name]