Dog Ears Bookstore & Café will host its annual Kids “I Read It” Run for children 10 and under at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Cazenovia Park Casino in South Buffalo. 

There will be four age categories for the races: Under 4 at 10 a.m., ages 4 and 5 at 10:15 a.m., ages 6 and 7 at 10:30 a.m., and ages 8 to 10 at 11 a.m. There will also be plenty of prizes and surprises for participants. The event will coincide with the last day of the popular South Buffalo Farmers’ Market.

The pre-registration cost is $10, with registrations due by Sept. 23; registration forms are available at Dog Ears Bookstore. Race day registration is $12 and registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the park casino.

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

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 dogearsbookstore.org or call 823-2665.

A new Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will kick off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, running through Oct. 25.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. Sessions are skill- and book-based and the cost is just $25 per child for the entire series unless a sponsor can be secured. For sponsorship information, please contact the bookstore.

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. To register for Puppy Tales, please visit the bookstore 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!

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café will host author Lissa Marie Redmond for a book launch party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the nonprofit bookstore located at 688 Abbott Road. Redmond will also speak about her latest book, A Means to an End, at 5 and 7 p.m.

Redmond is a retired cold case homicide detective from Buffalo. During her career she handled a number of high-profile cases and appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. Her short fiction has appeared in Buffalo Noir, Down & Out: The Magazine and various publications. 

The first book in her Cold Case Investigation series, A Cold Day in Hell, was published by Midnight Ink Books followed by the sequel, The Murder Book. A Means to an End is her latest book in the series. For more information, please visit www.lissamarieredmond.com

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

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.

For more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, please visit dogearsbookstore.org.

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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