Author Event/Cooking Demo - Food Mood Girl: Lindsey Smith
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event/Cooking Demo - Food Mood Girl: Lindsey Smith

We are SUPER excited to welcome blogger sensation Lindsey Smith, Food Mood Girl, on Sunday, February 11th from 1-4 pm for a cooking demo/book signing featuring her new cookbook, Eat Your Feelings. Come join us & learn that you don't need to curb your cravings, but rather learn from them by using delicious, mood-boosting ingredients!

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Author Event: Sharon Giacomazzi, Trail Guide Books
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event: Sharon Giacomazzi, Trail Guide Books

One-of-a-kind guide leads you to more than 60 of the best walks and hikes among the spectacular scenery of Yosemite Park and the surrounding Sierra, an area larger than Maryland and Delaware combined. This comprehensive book features the less traveled trails as well as some popular classics. This guide takes you to the best Sequoia groves, hidden waterfalls, most gorgeous canyons, and wildflower blooms, most rewarding peaks to climb and other superb adventures. Whether you're an avid hiker or casual walker, you'll find the trails coming to live as Sharon Giacomazzi interweaves them with their historical context. She spins enthralling tales of native peoples, early explorers, Gold Rush mining, pioneer lumbering, early railroads, John Muri's adventures and more.

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Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30
Sep
24
to Sep 30

Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research.

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Author Event: Marilyn Meredith
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event: Marilyn Meredith

Join us as we welcome Marilyn Meredith on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. She will be signing copies of her latest Tempe Crabtree Mystery series and answering questions from her fans! Books available for purchase at the event or by calling (559) 641-2019. Light refreshments served.

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Pirate Party Celebration!
Aug
1
9:00 AM09:00

Pirate Party Celebration!

Ahoy, me Hearties!
Join us at Branches Books on Tuesday, August 1st at 9:00 am for a Pirate Party to celebrate shopping local! Our friendly pirates will teach kids to Talk like a Pirate, share Pirate Tall Tales, Pirate Tattoos & Photos!
Prize drawings all morning for Where's Waldo scavengers and our Reading Without Walls Summer Reading program! We hope you can join us!

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Author Event: Roger Thompson, "We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places"
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event: Roger Thompson, "We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places"

From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for.
 
“We search mountaintops and valleys, deserts and oceans, hoping sunrises and long views through the canyons will help us discover who we are, or who we still want to be.  The language of our hearts reflects that of creation because in both are fingerprints of God.”
—Roger W. Thompson

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Where's Waldo Local
Jul
1
to Jul 31

Where's Waldo Local

Where's Waldo? In Oakhurst, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. From Miller's Landing to Gift Works, from Cool Bean to the Western Sierra Nursery, Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

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Author Event: Spiraling Forward: A Dance through the Cycles of Life by Ashley Gene Pinkerton
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Author Event: Spiraling Forward: A Dance through the Cycles of Life by Ashley Gene Pinkerton

Please join Branches Books & Gifts in welcoming local poet, Ashley Pinkerton on Friday, June 16th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Ashley will read from her new book, Spiraling Forward  
A Dance through the Cycles of Life and local musicians Cedar Dobson will be performing with David Dobson as accompaniment.

Light refreshments will be served. Please call (559) 641-2019 for more information.

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Take the Reading Without Walls Bingo Challenge this Summer with Branches Books!
Jun
12
to Aug 1

Take the Reading Without Walls Bingo Challenge this Summer with Branches Books!

Branches Books summer reading program, Reading Without Walls will run from Monday, June 12th - Tuesday, August 1st. Prizes will include stickers, bookmarks, gift cards and much more! Completed bingo cards will go into a drawing for prizes and gift cards to Branches Books and local businesses. The local school with the most entries will win a $250 gift card for their library! 

So get reading and good luck! 

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Bubble Play & Balloon Artistry
Apr
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bubble Play & Balloon Artistry

Oakhurst Community Park Commitee presents its First Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

AGE CATEGORIES
0-3 years • 3-5 years • 5-7 years
7-9 years • 9-12 years

Free Admission, bring your own basket
Prizes for Each Age Group
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Pancake Breakfast & Hot Dog Lunch by Kiwanis Club
Story Time with Branches Books & Gifts & Reptile Ron Animal Presentations
Lunch, Vendors, Raffles, and More!

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1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Oakhurst Community Park
Apr
15
8:00 AM08:00

1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Oakhurst Community Park

AGE CATEGORIES
0-3 years • 3-5 years • 5-7 years
7-9 years • 9-12 years

Free Admission, bring your own basket
Prizes for Each Age Group
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Pancake Breakfast & Hot Dog Lunch by Kiwanis Club
Story Time with Branches Books & Gifts & Reptile Ron Animal Presentations
Lunch, Vendors, Raffles, and More!

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‎Author Event: Shirley Spencer, "Our National Parks" Alphabet Book
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

‎Author Event: Shirley Spencer, "Our National Parks" Alphabet Book

Artist and Naturalist Shirley Spencer creates a celebration of our National Parks and Monuments with bold, vibrant and stylized watercolor paintings in this unique alphabet book. From A (Acadia National Park) to Z (Zion National Park), each letter explores the natural wonders of parks, both famous and lesser known. Younger readers can relate a letter of the alphabet with one of our priceless natural treasures. Older children can identify animals and plants pictured with each park's unique habitat. Adults can connect with the signature landscape features of each park, both familiar and perhaps yet to be visited. Everyone will enjoy this colorful and abstract yet exquisitely detailed tribute to our National Parks and Monuments.

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Branches Storytime & Sing-Along
Mar
13
3:30 PM15:30

Branches Storytime & Sing-Along

Please join us for our weekly Storytime & Sing-Along where we will read storybooks and sing interactive songs, designed to help childen (and adults!) engage in skills; such as character building, cooperation, manners, and followinginstructions. We cannot wait to share this time with you! Please call us at 559-641-2019 with any questions.

 

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