Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Tree Lighting this Thursday Night!

It's that most wonderful time of the year!

The Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday Night,
November 29th,
at 7 p.m.

Come join your community in the festivities. Santa will be on hand to lead the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, and other goodies. Students from Fifth Avenue will sing.

It's truly a magical night!

You may be wondering:
What does it take to get the Christmas Tree to Decatur?

First, you have to rent a trailer and drive to the
Noel Forest Christmas Tree Farm
near Cartersville. Just go up I-75 to Highway 20. It's just behind the Cracker Barrel. Ask for Moses and tell him that Little Shop of Stories sent you.

What else?

It takes a woman and a hacksaw
and a bunch of other folks.
 Pick a tree. A tall tree.
 Think about it for a minute.
Then you have to cut it down. Actually, a chainsaw helps.
Play with the dog.
Load it up on a trailer
 and drive it Decatur.
Then you unload it, lift it, prop it up against a building, secure it with ropes, bring in two scissor lifts and strings of lights and oodles of ornaments and let a whole bunch of people have at it, then bring in a big crane and people who know what they're doing (thanks you, King Tree Experts!) and put that tree on the roof and then wait for Thursday night. Easy!

Krista, manager of Little Shop of Stories
(aka The Girl Who Loves Christmas),
is the person who gets this thing done every year.
Here's her blog post -- complete with lots of pictures -- from the first year we did this.

If you love this whole tree on the roof thing, please feel free to stop by the shop and let Krista know. She'll appreciate it.

Please thank the following businesses and organizations for their contributions of time, money, and goodies and helping to make the Christmas Tree happen!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

I was one of the last people I know to read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Everyone else--coworkers, customers, friends--told me how good it was, but I ignored them. And then I finally read it, and fell in love with the "will-they-won't-they" romance set in Paris, and chided myself for not having read it sooner. Seriously, if you haven't read it, and you like a good love story, pick one up at your friendly neighborhood bookstore today.

A few months ago I was sent an advanced copy of Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. The cover was adorable, and it promised another fun European setting like Anna, complete with my favorite kind of love story: the kind where you're falling in love without even realizing it. So I took it home and gobbled it up, and now that it's officially released, I'm happy to be one of the first to report on how delicious it is.

Julia is your typical type-A high schooler: studious, a little nerdy, and a big rule follower. (Hmmm, now I'm remembering why I related to this book.) She's on a Spring Break school trip to London, and she couldn't be more excited to explore the city--with her pencil sharpener and pocket Shakespeare in tow. Unfortunately, she's partnered with the class clown and resident fun-seeker, Jason, and they have to spend all their time together.

(Side note about Jason: I really appreciate that he's not the typical troubled bad boy that's so often found in YA books. Sure, he doesn't really care for following rules like Julia does, but he's just a guy. Funny, cute, and spontaneous. Not a sexy delinquent who'll break your heart and send you to therapy because you couldn't save him. But I digress.)

Julia and Jason end up at a party one night, and after that, Julia starts receiving romantic texts from an unknown number. Determined to find this mysterious suitor, the pair embark on a wild goose chase around the city, that (of course!) only leads them closer and closer to each other. It's sweet and fun and you'll be rooting for the two of them to hurry up and kiss already!

Fans of Anna, here's your next read.

(And we even have signed copies, since author Lauren Morrill stopped by the shop yesterday to sign them!)

--By Krista Gilliam

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lunch Lady for President!

The polls have opened, ladies and gentlemen! Come by Little Shop to cast your vote for the new Little Shop president!

Here's a message from Lunch Lady about why she wants to be your president! (Thanks to Lunch Lady's creator, Jarrett Krosoczka for this message.) 

I want to serve you justice, serve you lunch....and serve as your next President of Little Shop of Stories. Hot toast and butter! I am so honored to stand before you today to humbly ask for your nutritious vote in this election. I'm running for President of Little Shop of Stories for one simple-syrup reason. For you, the reader. The children of Little Shop are our future and I want to encourage them all to crack open a book and meet some of the wildest friends they'll ever know! This is the generation that will dream up future lunch ladies, wimpy kids, captain underpantses and babymouses. I dream of a future where an author gets their first book published and looks back to their days at Little Shop as to where it all began!

Plus, if you vote for me, we'll have the most amazing school lunches. Gravy on pizza! Pickles on pancakes! Holy guacamole, the future is ours and I'm ready to grab it with these two yellow gloves of mine!

Wishing you an applesaucy day!

Lunch Lady