Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, South Buffalo’s nonprofit community bookstore, would like to thank the following sponsors of their annual Kids “I Read It” Run held on Sept. 29 in Cazenovia Park: Imperial Pizza, Farrell Financial, Overdorf Insurance, The Browne Company (Orchard Park), Heads and Tales Salon, and South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon. 

Additionally, Dog Ears would like to thank Baker & Taylor book distributor for donating and encouraging other companies to contribute more than 500 books!

Races were held in four age categories: Under 4, 4 and 5, 6 and 7, and 8 through 10. There were prizes and surprises for all participants!

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. For more information, please call 823-2665. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

South Buffalo native Rosemary Voltmann, author of Just Look Up, an illustrated book explaining the passing of someone to a child, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Dog Ears is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

“This is my first book and it was written as a way of explaining the passing of my son, Zach Voltmann, to one of his friend’s children,” said the author, who now resides in the Tampa area. “It took many forms before becoming a children’s book. (Illustrator) Kat Silver used the story and some of Zach’s actual photographs as inspiration to paint images that are beautiful and haunting. While writing the book, it also became a way of coping with the unthinkable. There is not a word in the English language to describe a parent that has lost a child. We have widows, widowers, orphans … but there is nothing to describe this role. I believe this book leaves the reader with a sense of hope, in believing that our loved ones are not far away; they are forever with us if we take the time to just look up.”

Silver graduated with a degree in art from Nazareth College in Rochester in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Drexel University in 2006. This is the first children’s book that she has illustrated. Nature is a major source of her inspiration.

For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore, please call 823-2665 or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center will host a free after school program for students in grades three through seven beginning Sept. 30 and running through the school year. The program will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The program is sponsored by Erie County Youth Services.

Each day will target a different set of skills. Services provided will include:

• ELA homework assistance

• Reading comprehension passages

• Vocabulary enrichment

• Test-taking strategies

• Organizational skill building

• Study skills

• Peer tutoring with Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the focus will be on homework help and skill building, while ELA games, fun activities, group work and clubs will continue from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The program will be facilitated by New York State-certified teachers. For more information or to register, please call Dog Ears Bookstore at 823-2665.

Dog Ears Bookstore recently completed another summer of reading and writing camps for children, and Thomas McDonnell, executive director of the nonprofit community bookstore, would like to take an opportunity to thank everyone who made the camps possible.

“Obviously, we would not be able to present this amazing summer program without the help of all our incredible community partners and local businesses,” said McDonnell. “Their support amazes and humbles me. With their efforts and the continued support of South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the Erie County Youth Services department, these camps bridge the summer educational gap and bring to the surface this community’s emphasis on constant learning.”

Community partners who visited the bookstore during the summer camps include John Gilmour, local defense attorney and candidate for the Erie County Legislature; Lissa Marie Redmond, retired Buffalo Police detective and local author; Laura Lawless from South Buffalo School of Music; Chet “The Breadman” and Marina Fery from Bread Time Stories; and Elizabeth Carey from AAA Western and Central New York.

Hosting walking field trips were the Brick Oven Bistro & Deli (John Glavey and Mike Interlichia), Queen City Cycling (Jill McMahon), Imperial Pizza (Jim Bouris and Dave Powers), Park Edge Sweet Shoppe (Anna Hartog and Maggie Mulvaney), Abbott Ice Cream (Matt Smith and Ron Morris), KupKates (Kathleen Cunningham), and the Buffalo Fire Department and the crew from Engine 4.

The summer camps were open to children of all reading and writing levels and consisted of an activity each morning such as music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts, community awareness and more. After lunch, the children broke into small groups to reflect upon, write about and share thoughts on their morning experiences and achievements. 

For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, please visit or call 823-2665.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe is in need of teachers, current or retired, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays for off-site tutoring, and from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. throughout the week for the After-school Homework Help Program at Dog Ears. These are paid positions. Please contact Tom McDonnell at the bookstore for more information.

Attention college students! In need of an internship? Dog Ears is also looking for an intern who could assist with grant research and administrative responsibilities while earning college credits. Please contact Tom McDonnell at the bookstore if interested. Thank you!

Years in the making, a children’s book written by Tom McDonnell, executive director of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, will be officially released during an event at the South Buffalo bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Monster in the Morning,” illustrated by Hamburg resident Robert A. Wright and published by RPSS Publishing, will be available for $16.95 (plus tax) in hardcover and just $10.95 for the softcover version.

“Monster in the Morning is about the hectic morning routine in every house in America,” said McDonnell, a West Seneca resident. “It is my childhood recollection of how mornings in our house worked before mom had her favorite drink (coffee). This wild tale is inspired by the most wonderful women in my life, and a green bathrobe where money grew and Kleenex just magically appeared. The illustrations genuinely make the story come to life!”

McDonnell will do readings of the book at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. during the May 4 event.

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We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!