Children's Summer Reading Bingo

This summer we've merged our Children's Summer Reading Challenge with Reading Without Walls' Bingo!

Will you meet the challenge?

Come in to get a Bingo sheet (or print one by downloading it here) to get started. Then, get reading and start winning!

Complete as many rows as you want (diagonals included!) and win a prize for each one. Multiple Bingos are allowed. Complete the whole card to get an extra special prize! Please bring your card in by September 1st to claim prizes.

Plus, get 15% OFF any five books that you buy here at The Bookloft that let you complete a row for Bingo!

Find Waldo in Great Barrington

This July, The Bookloft will be hosting an exciting month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in 17 participating local businesses throughout Great Barrington.

Throughout the entire month of July, Great Barrington is playing host to a citywide Find Waldo scavenger hunt. Seventeen local businesses are participating. The Bookloft will be your Find Waldo Local Headquarters, where you can collect your prizes, and join up for a Waldo Party at the end of the hunt!

Don't live in the area?

Use this interactive map to find a host bookstore near you!

How To Play:

Each player gets a “Find Waldo Local in Great Barrington!” passport to help them find Waldo and log their search. A player may start at any business listed on the passport; the list travels with the player. Waldo is hiding - somewhere - in all the listed businesses. He's six inches tall, and he might be in any public part of the establishment.

Instructions:
  1. When you spot Waldo at any one of the participating businesses listed on your passport, collect a store stamp or signature.
  2. When you spot at least one of the following lost items at The Bookloft, collect a store stamp (or signature): Waldo’s key, Woof’s bone, Wenda’s camera, Wizard Whitebeard’s scroll, and Odlaw’s binoculars.
  3. When you’ve collected at least 10 different store stamps/signatures, bring them to The Bookloft, your FIND WALDO LOCAL headquarters, to claim an “I Found Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon (limited to first 125 Waldo spotters).
  4. If you collect at least 20 of the possible store stamps/signatures, bring your passport to The Bookloft to get a button and a coupon PLUS be entered in a drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books and other great prizes.

Plan to attend the Waldo grand celebration and prize drawing on July 28th here at The Bookloft!

Summer Listening Challenge

It’s summer time! The Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge is back in 2018, and this year you could win a year’s supply of free audiobooks.

There are so many fun things to do during the summer, and audiobooks can be a great companion for art projects, exercise, gardening, and car trips—we like to call it #handsfreereading. And with Libro.fm, each audiobook purchase means supporting US, your local bookstore, and investing in your community!

Listen to 5 audiobooks or the equivalent of 20 hours of audiobooks between June 15th and September 4th and track your progress using this Listening Challenge Worksheet. Either email a picture of your completed worksheet to bookstores@libro.fm or fill out this online form, and you will be entered to win free audiobooks for a year!

Need some awesome listens to queue up for summer? Libro.fm has plenty of fantastic playlists including our Summer Listening Challenge playlist, curated by independent bookstores around the country. Looking for great titles recommended by the experts (booksellers)? They have recommendations from us and other indie bookstores. If you already know the titles you’re looking for, just head over to Libro.fm and search for the ones you want!

Happy Listening!

The Bedside Pile

Know whose Staff Picks you like? Now you can find out what your favorite Lofters are currently reading! Though they may not always make it to our esteemed Staff Picks, as informed booksellers, we choose what we read carefullyand devour them quickly!