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Mary Kay Andrews book signing & shopping discount @ Spartina 449, Savannah

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Spartina 449 Savannah

Join Spartina 449 – Downtown Savannah for a Sizzlin’ Summer Book Signing Event!

Sat. July 13, 2019
317 W. Broughton Street
Downtown Savannah

Featuring New York Times Best Selling Authors

Mary Kay Andrews  author of more than 30 books. Her latest is “Sunset Beach.”
Patti Callahan Henry, author of “The Favorite Daughter”
Mary Alice Monroe , author of “the Summer Guests”

Enjoy 15% off your entire Spartina 449 purchase when you purchase a new book.

Plus, take advantage of in-store special, raffle prizes, summer mocktails and more.

Spartina 449 is a advertiser 

Free children’s events in Savannah featuring bestselling author Kwame Alexander & more

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Free children's authors Savannah events Kwame Alexander

New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander will present free children’s programs in Savannah Sat. Feb. 16 & Sun. Feb. 17 2019.

Bring your kids to see these New York Times best-selling authors share stories @ Live Oak Public Library branches on Sat. Feb. 16, 2019.

Special free author programs – which are for all ages, are free & open to the public – include:

Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston
Bull Street Library
Sat Feb. 16, 2:30PM
2002 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Join Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston for a presentation centered on the work Solo.

Betrayed by those closest to him and stunned by a family secret, 17-year-old Blade Morrison flees his comfortable but chaotic life and travels to the Ghanaian village of Konko to find answers and closure. There he gains new perspective on family and belonging.

Author Kwame Alexander will inspire as he shares some of his poetry and writing from his book Solo along with a photography exhibit of Ghana, captured by Randy Preston. Learn more here.

Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes
Southwest Chatham Library
Feb. 16, 2PM
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, 31419

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes present an engaging program about overcoming adversity. Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, their service dog Rescue inspired an incredible story of healing and love.

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Live Oak Public Libraries and Savannah Book Festival will present free children’s authors events on Sun. Feb. 17 at 1PM in Reynolds Square. The SBF Children’s Tent, which will feature author appearances, activities and book-signings, will be sponsored by Live Oak Public Libraries and Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation.

Featured authors scheduled to appear in the SBF Children’s Tent are:
Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, New York Times Best Sellers
Michael Patrick O’Neill, World Press Photo award-winning wildlife photographer
Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medal winner

Additional activities include book-signings, celebrity storytimes, music, and arts and crafts for kids. The SBF Children’s Tent is free and open to the public.

Free talk & book signing by bestselling young adult author Kwame Alexander

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Kwame Alexander Savannah august free 2018

Join New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newbery Medal recipient Kwame Alexander for a jam session! This program is ideal for teachers and educators who want to motivate students, get excited about literacy, and inspire a new love of reading and writing.

The event is free and open to the public.
A book signing will follow.

The Write Thing
Wed. Aug. 22 @ 5-6PM
Southwest Chatham Library, Savannah
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world and he uses it to empower young people.

Free summer reading performances/programs start June 1, Live Oak Public Library branches in Chatham, Effingham & Liberty counties

Friday, May 25th, 2018

free summer reading events programs kids Live Oak Public Libraries SavannahIt’s time to register for Live Oak Public Libraries summer reading program 2018.

Online registration opens May 25. All those fun kids’ summer reading programs at various branches begin June 1.

Kids from birth to 12th grade can read great books, participate in exciting activities and earn rewards and prizes

Register online here. Then drop by any Live Oak Public Library branch to pick up a summer reading log.

See the schedule of special FREE summer reading program featured artists (music, storytelling, puppet shows, dancing) here. 

Free Savannah presentation & book signing with young adult author Kwame Alexander

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Kwame Alexander Rebound Savannah 2018

Kwame Alexander, New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newbery Medal recipient, will give a special free presentation in Savannah in April 2018.

Alexander will return to Savannah April 17 for a special presentation and signing of his new book REBOUND, the follow-up to the Newbery-award winning THE CROSSOVER. Alexander was a speaker at the 2017 Savannah Children’s Book Festival.

This event is free, kid-friendly and open to the public.

Kwame Alexander “Rebound” Tour
Tues. April 17 2018 @ 5-6PM
Southwest Chatham Library
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419

Learn more here. 

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2017) Free Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Free Savannah Children's Book Festival 2017 Kwame Alexander


Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs present
Savannah Children’s Book Festival (SCBF)
Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
10AM-4PM | Forsyth Park

FREE & open to the public

2017 SCBF Featured Authors

Featured Authors Bios

Headlining Author
Kwame Alexander

New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and author of 24 books, including “The Crossover,” which received the 2015 Newbery Medal.

Featured Authors
R. Gregory Christie
Carmen Agra Deedy
José Lucio
Susan Rubin
Don Tate
Carole Boston Weatherford
Salina Yoon

Featured Authors – Teen Literature 
E. Lockhart                 Kekla Magoon                 Cynthia Leitich Smith

Also, dozens of indie authors, illustrators & performers. See the full list here.  As well as free family entertainment.

Learn more here.

Children’s Books: Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Savannah books children Sammy and Grammy

Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah, a laugh-out-loud children’s book with valuable life lessons to be learned and written by local author, Maxine Pinson, is scheduled for release in early December 2017–just in time for holiday shopping!

Readers of are offered $1 off each book ordered, plus FREE shipping (up to 4 books sent to same address) if ordered by Dec. 1, 2017.

Just visit, then go to “Where to Buy Book Page” and follow the directions.

Please use PROMO CODE SM to receive your discount.

Learn more about Savannah author Maxine Pinson here. 

Savannah author Maxine Pinson is a advertiser 

FREE Pete the Cat Book Signing, Photo Booth, Author Meet & Greet, Tybee Is.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

FREE Pete the Cat Book signing, meet author Tybee Island Bring your Pete the Cat book lovers to meet the author and creator, James and Kimberly Dean this Sun. Oct. 1 2017, 1-6PM @ the Blue Heaven Art Gallery on Tybee Island.

Meet the author, enjoy a photo booth, take pictures with Pete, view original artwork, shop for Pete toys and books, and enjoy snacks and activities for kids

Blue Heaven Art Gallery
23 Tybrisa Street, Tybee Is. (across from Wet Willies).

Questions? Email

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2017) Free Savannah Children’s Book Festival 2017 features Kwame Alexander

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Savannah Children's Book Festival 2017 Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander, New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newbery Medal recipient, will be among the authors at the 2017 Annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival.

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs will present the free 14th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Sat. Nov. 18, 2017, 10AM-4PM at Forsyth Park.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and author of 24 books, including “The Crossover,” which received the 2015 Newbery Medal.

Learn more here.



FREE Summer Reading 2017 Live Oak Public Library events, Savannah

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

FREE Summer 2017 Savannah Live Oak Public Library kids’ programs that are open to the public include:


free Savannah kids events Rosie Revere Live Oak Public Library

June 14-July 31
Imagine, experiment & make a Rosie-Copter fly. Grades K-5
June 14 4-5PM @ Pooler Library
June 16 3-4PM @ Islands Library
June 19 2:30-3:30 PM @ Tybee Library
June 20 4-5PM @ Southwest Chatham Library
June 21 4-5PM @ Thunderbolt Library
June 27 4-5PM @ Springfield Library
June 28 4-5PM @ Rincon Library
July 18 4-5PM @ Garden City Library
July 24 4-5PM @ Hinesville Library

June 19-26
Kwame Alexander’s book teaches kids how to make instruments. Ages 8 +
Acoustic Rooster and the Cardboard Instruments
June 19 11AM-Noon @ Pooler Library
June 19 3-4PM @ Bull Street Library
June 21 4-5PM @ Southwest Chatham Library
June 22 3-4PM @ Oglethorpe Mall Library
June 26 4-5PM @ Hinesville Library

For more free Live Oak Public Library free kids’ summer entertainment programs, click here.

Free Savannah kids’ events: Live Oak Library Summer Reading Program 2017

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Free Live Oak Public Library programs Savannah

Free Summer Reading Program & Events

Visit any Live Oak Public Libraries branch in Chatham, Effingham, or Liberty Counties from June 1-July 31, and pick up your “Build A Better World” Summer Reading Program reading log, calendar and rules.

Collect reading rewards and multiple entries for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize. There are also other prizes as students complete each level including a free book from Barnes & Noble.

Parents and caregivers can register students starting May 31. Participants must be registered online to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.


See complete Reading Rewards Rules for all participants here. 

Kids can earn special prizes for reaching their summer reading goals!
Reading Rewards include passes, discounts and free treats from:
Barnes & Noble Oglethorpe Mall, Frames-n-Games Pooler, Get Air Savannah, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Lovin’ Spoons Self-Serve FroYo, Monkey Joe’s Savannah, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Papa John’s Pizza, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and University of Georgia Aquarium

Complete all levels to earn VIP Reader status and a gold library card. Eligible participants also have a chance to win a grand prize in each age group: a gift card or Coastal Heritage Society membership.


FREE Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Parties June 1-3

Kick-Off Parties are made possible with donations from Whole Foods Savannah.

You are invited to any of these FREE Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Parties:

Thursday, June 1
Rincon Library 10 AM – 12 PM
Islands Library 10 AM – 12 PM
Midway-Riceboro Library 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Garden City Library 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Pooler Library 3 PM – 5 PM
Port City Library 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Hinesville Library 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Thunderbolt Library 4 PM – 5 PM
Forest City 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Friday, June 2
Southwest Chatham Library 3 PM – 5 PM
Tybee Library 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Saturday, June 3
Carnegie Library 11 AM – 4 PM
Oglethorpe Mall Library 11 AM – 4 PM
Bull Street Library 2 PM – 4 PM
Springfield Library 3 PM – 4 PM

Free children’s book reading, crafts with Savannah book illustrator Jose Lucio

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

free book reading Scribble Art Studio Free Rain 2017 Savannah

Henny Penny Art Space & Café in Savannah will host a special release/signing/drawing project for Savannah children’s book author-illustrator Jose Ray’s new book “Free Rain”

The family-friendly reading will be part of First Friday Art March, this Fri. May 5 6-9PM.  Jose will do a reading at 6:30PM and then lead kids through an art project afterwards.

Henny Penny
1514 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401

About Henny Penny

Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe is a new joint venture with Foxy Loxy Cafe & Scribble Art Studio

Nestled just blocks from Forsyth Park, Henny Penny Art Space and Cafe also provides custom-designed arts and crafts kits for all ages, workshops, classes, and is available for booking birthday parties.

For more info., call 912-713-7376 or email

Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser

Free family-friendly poetry reading for kids, Savannah

Friday, November 4th, 2016

free poetry reading Savannah Seersucker Tots Penny Candy Books After the Savannah Children’s Book Festival 2016 in Forsyth Park, take the kids over to The Book Lady bookstore in Savannah for Seersucker Tots: A Family-Friendly Hit of Lit

Sat Nov. 12, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 E Liberty, Savannah, 31401

At this special family-friendly poetry reading, poet Quraysh Ali Lansana will read and discuss his brand new picture book A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016) along with special guest poet-performer, Samantha Thornhill.

Cupcakes by Ariel Fulton (Books & Batter) and juice boxes provided.

Free and open to the public.


About the book

A Gift from Greensboro (for ages 5 & older) is at once an elegy, a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship and adventure, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. Paired with Skip Hill’s intricate, brimming-with-life illustrations, this poem recognizes that true friendship knows no boundaries, and this is the true gift from Greensboro.

Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Newbery Honor Award, calls A Gift from Greensboro, “An elegant, important story—lovingly and beautifully told.”




Free Savannah Children’s Book Festival featuring Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Free Savannah Children's Book Festival Forsyth Park 2016 Savannah New York Times bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy children’s series, Jane O’Connor will be among the authors at the 2016 Annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival in Forsyth Park.

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs will present the free 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Sat. Nov. 12, 2016, 10AM-4PM at Forsyth Park.

The Fancy Nancy books chronicle the adventures of a young girl who loves all things glamorous, posh, and splendiferous! The series has now sold over 20 million copies and counting with the wildly popular latest title, “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.”

Additional Featured Authors and Illustrators @ the 2016 Festival include:
James & Kimberly Dean, “Pete the Cat”
Ted Dunagan, “A Yellow Watermelon”
Ame Dyckman, “Boy + Bot”
Rebecca Emberley, “The Ant and the Grasshopper”
Keith Hemstreet, “Travels With Gannon and Wyatt”
Varian Johnson, “The Great Greene Heist”
Robert Quackenbush, “First Grade Jitters”
Bob Shea, “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great”

Download the:
2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Program & Map
2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Map



Children’s Book Author Rosemary Wells Reading & Book Signing in Bluffton

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Rosemary Wells BlufftonThe Storybook Shoppe bookstore located in historic Bluffton, SC is thrilled to welcome prolific children’s book author Rosemary Wells back for a visit this month.

Wells is the author of several children’s books including Max and Ruby books. She will be visiting The Storybook Shoppe to promote her new book “Hand in Hand”. This book tells the story of all the ways parents are their child’s first teacher.

The Storybook Shoppe
Mon. Sept. 12 2016, 4:30-6:30PM
1 Calhoun St
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-2600

The afternoon of Mon. Sept. 12 will kick-off with story time as Wells shares “Hand in Hand” @ 4:30PM sharp and only ticket holders will be able to attend.

Tickets for the reading are $25 including a signed copy of “Hand in Hand.” Companion tickets will also be available for $5 each. Because there are only 30 tickets available, The Storybook Shoppe can only offer a single companion ticket when you purchase a ticket to the reading.

Proceeds from the sale of story time tickets will be donated to two local charities: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) and The United Way of the Lowcountry’s pre-school program.

After the reading, Ms. Wells will hold a book signing for everyone that would like her to dedicate a book. The book signing should start around 4:45PM and is open to everyone. No ticket needed!

As a treat, Candlewick Press has released 70 copies of “Little Fiona’s Lie” for The Storybook Shoppe to sell at the signing – a unique opportunity to get this book prior to its Sept. 13 release date. The Storybook Shoppe will be the only place to pick up this enchanting tale of how a little stretching of the truth can spin out of control.

Don’t want to stand in line to buy your books? Stop in before and pre-order. All prepaid orders will be waiting for you to pick-up and get signed. To pre-order, stop by the shop or call 843-757-2600.

Little Free Libraries in Savannah, Bluffton

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Little Free Library steward Savannah Our column today in the Savannah Morning News spotlights 10-year-old Isa Lilja-Vazquez’s Little Free Library in her Savannah front yard. (Read it here).

Isa’s is among several Little Free Libraries in the Savannah Ga./Bluffton SC area.

Which got us thinking of how sweet it would be to take kids “Little Free Library hopping” in the Savannah-Lowcountry area.

Here’s our list of Little Free Libraries in our area compiled by using the map from the Little Free Libraries Web site.

So grab a bunch of used books your kids have outgrown to drop off in exchange for other books – following the LFL mantra to “take a book, leave a book” – and visit these Little Free Libraries in Savannah.

(Interested in starting your own Little Free Library? Get info on how to do so here. )

(Read about a Savannah 10-year-old girl who started her own Little Free Library here. )


1919 Brogdon St. (in Magnolia Park neighborhood)
Savannah Ga. 31406

363 Island Road (Burnside Is.)
Savannah, GA 31406

9 Reynolds Court (in Kensington Park neighborhood)
Savannah, Ga 31405

605 Maupas Ave. (in Baldwin Park neighborhood)
Savannah, Ga. 31401

Corner of 38th Street & Howard Street (in former vacant lot)

733 E. Henry St.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

Bluffton/Hilton Head Is./Beaufort area

160 H. E. McCracken Circle (in front of Bluffton Elementary School)
Bluffton, SC 29910

39 Sheridan Park Circle Suite 10
Bluffton, SC 29910

1709 Camellia Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Find more Little Free Libraries here.