Dog Ears Bookstore & Café will host author Meredith Vivian for a book release party and book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The nonprofit bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

My Mommy’s A Millennial is an adorably relatable story for both children and adults alike.

My Mommy’s A Millennial is an adorably relatable story for both children and adults alike.

My Mommy’s A Millennial is an adorably relatable story for both children and adults alike. It is a lighthearted take on what it means to be a young mom in the digital age. Whether it’s working a full-time job while trying to go viral on TikTok or cooking and cleaning for a toddler while making sure they look Instagram-presentable, a millennial mommy can do it all!

Vivian was born in South Buffalo in December of 1993. “My father Tom Vivian, everyone’s favorite brawler, and my mother Joanne Vivian, South Buffalo’s sweetheart, finally got it right with their fourth and favorite child,” said Meredith. Shortly after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in theatre, Meredith relocated to Los Angeles where she currently works as an actress and writer. She is thrilled to be releasing her first book, My Mommy’s A Millennial, and excited to announce that her upcoming feature film, My Father’s Joy, will be available for streaming late next year.

Dog Ears Bookstore will continue to offer free after school youth programming during November and December. Programming will be offered by grade group; Tuesdays will feature programming for youth in grades K-2, Wednesdays will be targeted towards youth in 3rd-5th grades, and 6th-8th graders will have the opportunity to attend programming on Thursdays.

All sessions are held at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

All sessions are held at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

All sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and are limited to 15 students per cohort. Students can attend all remaining cohorts. Sessions are taught by literacy specialists and New York State-certified English Language Arts teachers. Tuesday sessions for K-2 will be themed around the different fall holidays and will feature story time, read alouds, and activities that will focus on introducing youth to the love of reading. Wednesday sessions for 3rd-5th graders will feature a guided book club where youth will learn tips and strategies on how to become better readers in a fun and interactive way. On Thursdays, 6th-8th graders will take part in Reader & Writer Workshops where they will read different short stories and learn strategies on how to become a short story author themselves. Special presentations will also be scheduled. All class materials will be provided along with a small snack.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:
• Grades K-2: Tuesdays (Cohort 2 – 11/9, 11/16, 11/23; Cohort 3 – 11/30, 12/7, 12/14)
• Grades 3-5: Wednesdays (Cohort 2 – 11/3, 11/10, 11/17; Cohort 3 – 12/1, 12/8, 12/15)
• Grades 6-8: Thursdays (Cohort 2 – 11/4, 11/11, 11/18; Cohort 3 – 12/2, 12/9, 12/16)

All sessions are held at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo (near Mercy Hospital). Sessions are held upstairs of the bookstore (enter through the front entrance). All COVID protocols must be followed. Adults do not need to attend with their child but must be mindful of the drop-off and pick-up times. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the café, which will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required and youth are expected to attend all three sessions of the cohort that they are signed up for. Parents can sign up their children by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665. When signing up, please make sure to indicate which cohort your child will be attending.

The free workshops are made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau.

Dog Ears Bookstore is offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those 55 years old and above are invited to participate in the “Around The World” Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture.

The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens.

The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join in an exploration of Italy! A literary instructor will introduce participants to the life and work of Umberto Eco and Dante. Various works from the authors will be read and reflected on and information about Italy and its culture and history will be discussed.

Following the literary discussion, the Burchfield Penney Art Center will be on hand to facilitate a special art session. Participants will learn about Buffalo’s most famous artist, Charles E. Burchfield, the first artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art and whose work can be found hanging in museums from Buffalo to Vatican City in Italy. Participants will see how Burchfield created works stirred by the power and beauty of the woodland areas of Western New York and will create their painting inspired by his work.

The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens. All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted authors work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo (near Mercy Hospital). All COVID protocols must be followed including social distancing and mask wearing for those who are not vaccinated. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required for each session and can be made by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665.  

“Around The World” Literary & Art Program is a monthly series that features a different country and its authors and artists each month and is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services Inc.

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!

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