The Store

11:00 a.m.
Storybook Time

Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m., we have something special for the youngest customers of Beaverdale Books. Thursday mornings are “Storybook Time at Beaverdale Books”. Booksellers read favorite selections from our children’s department along with time for singing, sharing and occasional surprises.

Please plan to visit us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for “Storybook Time!”

Tuesday, April 25
6:30 p.m.
Mystery Book Club

Come join this group that has been meeting for over 25 years! New members always welcome; all you need is a love of mysteries and a burning desire to talk about them with a fun group of folks!

Selection this month: Styx and Stone by James W. Ziskin

Saturday, April 29
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a celebration of books, readers and indie bookselling that started in California in 2014; it is modeled after the extremely successful Record Store Day.

To show their support for indies, publishers produce unique, limited-edition books and literary art pieces that are only available at participating bookstores on Bookstore Day. You can’t get them before. You can’t get them online, and you most certainly can’t get them at Target. This year we are featuring a very limited edition of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, along with other items.

Now in its fourth year, IBD has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself. In 2016 more than 400 stores participated.

We’ll have activities, sales and specials going on all day – come see us!

Saturday, April 29
11:00 a.m.

Children's Book Week kicks off with a special visit from Corduroy the Bear. Join us for a special storytime, songs and snacks. Have your picture taken with Corduroy! And we'll have Corduroy books available for purchase.

Sunday, April 30
2:00 p.m.
Meet the Author: Craig Shives

Fableories is a collection of fifty-two stories, told in the form of a fable and in the nature of a folk tale. Each very short story uses animal characters and concludes with an observation relevant to current issues or fundamental values. For example, the stories reflect on the power of social media and the behavior of politicians, as well as the value of education and integrity. Every tale is illustrated with a delightful pencil drawing capturing the essence of the message.

This is a good book to pick up anytime a few minutes are available to read. Using gentle humor to entertain while making a point, the stories trigger a smile and provide a reason to think.

Craig Shives is a graduate of Cornell College and The University of Iowa College of Law. During a career as an employee benefits attorney, he wrote long documents using long sentences full of long words of technically complex significance. Today he is making amends by writing short stories with short sentences.

Tuesday, May 2
7:00 p.m.
Beaverdale Writers Group

Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten. Not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. And there is wine.

Monday, May 8
6:30 p.m.
Meet the Author: Heather Lyn Mann
Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage from Despair to Hopo

Heather Lyn Mann was a battle–weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries—life–threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more. Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann’s teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner’s mind.

Her suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart–warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient Buddhist teachings, entertains as it charts reality’s depths and danger zones so arm–chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned can navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well–being.

Spiritual Ecologist Heather Lyn Mann is a practitioner of Buddhism, sailing, and mindful advocacy. Mann founded and led the not-for-profit Center for Resilient Cities—an organization mobilizing inner–city residents to restore natural beauty and function in damaged neighborhood landscapes. She also co–edits Touching the Earth: A Newsletter of Earth Holding Actions in the Plum Village Tradition


In 2007, together with her husband and cat, Mann set sail on a 15,000–nautical–mile, six–year voyage.

Monday, May 15
6:00 p.m.
Urbandale UCC Book Club

The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club is now meeting at Beaverdale Books! Membership is open to anyone, so if you like good books and a good discussion, this could be your book club!

Selection this month: Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Saturday, May 20
10:00 a.m.
Environmental Book Club

This book club was formed out of an interest in raising not just awareness, but interest and the “environmental IQ” of our local community. Group members represent a range of interests and knowledge about environmental issues, and have set out to create and maintain a place where ideas and information can be shared in civil and welcoming ways. The community is welcome to attend, listen and discuss.

Selection this month: Discussion of the Climate and Health Meeting

Monday, May 22
6:00 p.m.
Mind-Body-Spirit Book Club

Our newest book club! Join this discussion of books that focus on the mind, body and spirit as art of an individual’s well-being. Authors will include Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joyce Rupp and others. The club will explore the author’s ideas and how they can incorporate some practical applications into our everyday lives to encourage balance and joy.

Selection this month: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett