Today’s giveaway is from BookPeople of Moscow, an awesome independent bookstore in Moscow, Idaho. BookPeople’s mission is to serve readers and writers of all ages with a handpicked selection of great books, a variety of events, and an inspiring place in which all are welcome.
BookPeople is celebrating its 40th year in business – the store has been open since 1973. When longtime owner Robert Greene retired in 2011, the Moscow community banded together to keep the store from closing. Steffen and Nicole Werner and Walt and Carol Spurling bought BookPeople in December 2011, and thanks to a huge swell of community support and a lot of elbow grease, BookPeople reopened in February 2012.
My talented friend Jesica, who I’ve known since we were teenagers, is in charge of bespoke gift boxes at BookPeople. This is a new service the store will soon start offering – they’ll ship custom collections of books anywhere, for any occasion. Customers can select a theme; the store will suggest the perfect books and gifts to go with it; and the customer can then hand-pick exactly what goes in the box. Co-owner Carol Spurling says the themes will include “the ‘new baby’ box, the ‘newlywed’ box, the ‘high school or college grad’ box, the ‘itchy feet’ box, the ‘midlife crisis’ box, the ‘breakup’ box, holiday-themed boxes for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and several others.” The service will launch this summer. Customers can order online, in person, or on the phone. Keep checking BookPeople’s website for updates on this amazingly cool-sounding idea, and, of course, I’ll keep you posted here, too.
Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to use at the store (if you happen to be near Moscow) or online. To enter, please like BookPeople on Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me your favorite kids’ book of the moment. I’ll pick a winner at random on Mon, Feb 18.
UPDATE: Janet Higginbotham is the winner! Janet, I’ll email you and put you in touch with BookPeople. Thanks!