‘Bouquets for Books’ collects 1,540 new children’s titles for public libraries; 10-year total surpasses 15,000 books

Lori Emerich, assistant manager of Royer's in Lebanon, left, and Anne Hall, administrator/community relations, Library System of Lebanon County.

Lori Emerich, assistant manager of Royer’s in Lebanon, left, and Anne Hall, administrator/community relations, Library System of Lebanon County.


A decade is in the books.

Thanks to your generosity, our 2015 children’s book drive – “Bouquets for Books” – collected 1,540 new titles for public libraries in the six counties where Royer’s operates.

That pushed the event’s 10-year total to more than 15,000 books collected.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book during the book drive, which ran Oct 31-Nov. 7, was eligible to receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit.

The books were collected at our 16 stores and, for the first time, in conjunction with book fairs sponsored by the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Camp Hill.

Here are the libraries and the number of books presented to them:

  • Berks County Public Libraries: 121
  • Cumberland County Library System: 164
  • Dauphin County Library System: 107
  • Hershey Public Library (independent): 125
  • Lebanon County Libraries: 286
  • Library System of Lancaster County: 402
  • York County Library System: 335

Royer’s tops ‘Best of Lancaster’ floral design category for 26th straight year

Royer’s to honor active military and veterans by collecting ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ Nov. 11-25 in all stores


Royer’s Flowers will collect cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans in each of its stores Nov. 11-25 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

Collected cards and coloring pages will be handed over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers will organize them for delivery. Destinations include military installations, VFWs, American Legions, the Lebanon VA and retirement homes in 22 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Cards may be dropped off at any Royer’s during normal business hours. Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

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The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member” as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Include messages of support and thanks.
  • Sign your name to them.
  • Don’t include letters or other personal information (photos, addresses).
  • Refrain from choosing cards with glitter.

The American Red Cross ( prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Last year in central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross assisted close to 4,000 people affected by more than 400 local disasters.

Royer’s saluting military veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets on Nov. 11

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Royer’s will salute military veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets on Nov. 11.

Any veteran who stops by one of our 16 area stores on Veterans Day will receive a bouquet.

“The men and women who have served in our military protected our freedoms every day, often in far-off places and always at great personal sacrifice,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of the family-owned florist.

“This is our small way of recognizing and honoring their selfless service to our country.”

Click here for store locations and hours.



Barnes & Noble, Midtown Scholar lending support for Royer’s annual children’s book drive


A couple of familiar names are helping us write a new chapter in the history of our annual children’s book drive.

Book stores Barnes & Noble and the The Midtown Scholar are lending their support to the 2015 edition of Bouquets for Books, which collects new children’s books for area public libraries.

The event runs Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in all of our stores.

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58 S. 32nd St., Camp Hill Shopping Center

Barnes & Noble will play host to a series of book fairs to benefit the library systems in Cumberland (Oct. 31-Nov. 2), Dauphin (Nov. 3-5) and York (Nov. 6-8) counties.

Customers will have an opportunity to designate their sales on those dates to the library systems, which will receive at least 10 percent of the sales during their book fairs.

What’s more, customers will be able to purchase books and donate them directly to Bouquets for Books. These donors will receive vouchers redeemable at any Royer’s (with proof of purchase) for a free bouquet.

Also in conjunction with the book fairs, Barnes & Noble and the library systems will hold free story times:

  • Cumberland County, every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, with cookies and a craft;
  • Dauphin County, 11 a.m. Nov. 5, with cookies and coloring;
  • York County, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 6, with cookies and coloring.



1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg

The Midtown Scholar will have a Bouquets for Books display table at the front of its store, featuring some of the titles that appear on the Dauphin County Library System’s wish list. Through Nov. 7, these books are available at 10 percent off list price.

For more details about Bouquets for Books, including library wish lists, visit

Name-the-arrangement contest: Part 2

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Spring forward, fall back.

To name a new arrangement, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is going back to a method that worked well this summer: turning to the public for help.

Royer’s has developed a new European-style arrangement that will be offered year-round. It comes in a clear glass cube and features three types of greens and white flowers: one-dozen roses plus alstroemeria, hydrangea, veronica and stock.

To view the arrangement and enter the contest, visit

The deadline to enter is Oct. 20; limit one entry daily per email address.

The winner will receive one of the arrangements as his or her prize.


Kids club event Oct. 31 helps kick off book drive for public libraries

It’s boos and bouquets Oct. 31 when we kick off our annual children’s book drive with a kids club event.

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Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a new children’s book as the price of admission. Participants will get to make a fall arrangement (photo) and will receive a balloon.

Because the event coincides with Halloween, participants are encouraged to wear their trick-or-treat costumes.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Royer’s “Bouquets for Books” book drive benefits area public libraries. Marking its 10th year in 2015, the event has collected nearly 14,000 books for the libraries.

We’ve updated our ‘Power of Pink’ arrangement to continue breast cancer awareness efforts

Royer’s fall catalog will arrive in mailboxes just as October ushers in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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The catalog includes a new version of our “Power of Pink” arrangement, which is offered year-round to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

The new arrangement features hydrangea and roses in a swirled glass vase and measures 12 inches high and 11 inches wide. It is priced at $56.99 and can be ordered online, over the phone or in-store.

With each arrangement sold, we earmark $10 for breast cancer organizations. In 2015, that meant $4,000 shared equally by two nonprofits, the Lebanon-based Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the Middletown-based Feel Your Boobies Foundation.

In the United States, approximately 40,290 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2015, according to However, death rates have been decreasing since 1989 as a result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

2015 ‘Bouquets for Books’ library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive — “Bouquets for Books” — marks its 10th year in 2015.

It benefits the library systems in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties and the independent Hershey Public Library.

To ensure that the libraries receive the books they need the most, they have provided these wish lists:

Board books:
Dada by Fallon Ball by Mary Sullivan
Rhymoceroes by Janik Coat
Peep and Ducky by David Martin

Picture books:
Dr. Seuss picture books
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Sloan
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt
Orion and the dark by Emma Yarlett
I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell
When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt and Jill McElmurry
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter and Birgitta Sif
Billy’s Booger by William Joyce and Moonbot
Ballet Cat the Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea
The Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas by Chet Williamson
The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci and Jerry Pinkney

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford and Kelly Murphy
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Young adult books: 
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Mechanica by Cornwell
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah Maas
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
The Winner’s Curse by Rutkoski
The Winner’s Crime by Rutkoski
Undertow by Michael Buckley
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Any titles in these series:
A to Z Mysteries
Amelia Bedelia
Bailey School Kids
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers
Berenstain Bears
Curious George
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Dora or Diego
Elephant and Piggie
Fancy Nancy
Geronimo Stilton
I Spy
My Weird School
Pete the Cat
Star Wars early readers (especially Lego ones)
Thomas the Tank Engine

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Sandra Boynton
Margaret Wise Brown
Eric Carle (especially paperbacks)
Dr. Seuss
Ed Emberley (esp. Go Away, Big Green Monster!)
Mo Willems

Picture books:
I Stink/I’m Dirty and/or I’m Mighty by Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan
The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura
Maisy’s Bedtime by Lucy Cousins
Maisy Cleans Up by Lucy Cousins
Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! by Bruce Arant
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
This is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri

Anything written by:
Mo Willems
Eric Carle
Dr. Seuss
Rosemary Wells
Sandra Boynton
Lucy Cousins
Rick Riordan
John Green
Veronica Roth

Any book in these series:
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
BOB Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
I Spy by Jean Marzollo
Can You See What I See by Walter Wick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
American Girls by various authors
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

Any titles in these series:
Berenstain Bears
Curious George
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Disney (especially princesses)
Jake and the Pirates
Elephant and Piggie
Fancy Nancy
I Spy
Pete the Cat
Thomas the Tank Engine
Maisy (by Lucy Cousins)
Lunch Lady (by Jarrett Krosoczka)

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Sandra Boynton
Margaret Wise Brown
Eric Carle
Mo Willems
Gordon Korman
Rick Riordan

Alien in My Pocket series by Nate Ball
American Girl books
Barbie Beginner Readers
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers, Easy Reader Leveled Books
Berenstain Bears
Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce
Captain Underpants series books
Curious George
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series
Dora Beginner Readers
Dorling Kindersley readers
Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor
Froggy books by Jonathan London
Franklin books by Paulette Bourgeois
Geronimo Stilton books
Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer
Magic Puppy books by Sue Bentley
Pete the Cat Beginner Readers
Pinkalicious books by Victoria Kann
Puppy Place books by Ellen Miles
Princess Posey books by Stephanie Greene
Super Heroes Beginner Readers
Thomas the Tank Engine
Tom and Jerry series by Benjamin Bird
Transformers series
Star Wars Beginner Readers
Seasonal & Holiday books
Superman Family Adventures series by Art Baltazar
You Choose: Scooby-Doo! Series by Laurie Sutton
We Both Read series

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Dr. Seuss
Margaret Wise Brown
Mo Willems
Eric Carle

Books about these subjects:
Alphabet, Colors, Numbers
Dentists, Doctors
Going to Daycare, Going to Kindergarten, Going to School
LEGO books and LEGO Storybooks
Tractors, Trucks, Trains, Planes, Fire Engines

Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
Minecraft series
Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows
Lego series books, especially Ninjago
Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood, Cambria Evans
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet
The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke, Kerstin Meyer
Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater, Valeria Docampo
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Anne-Sophie Lanquetin
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit)
by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Jet Plane: How It Works (My Readers) by David Macaulay
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) by William Joyce
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied (My Life Is a Zoo) by Jess Keating
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins
Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! by Paul Reynolds, Peter Reynolds
Animalium (Welcome to the Museum) by Jenny Broom, Katie Scott
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece by Patricia Polacco
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One by Kate DiCamillo

(The Lebanon County list also can be viewed with links to by clicking here.)

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten
I Will Chomp You
There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
Ready for Pumpkins
Please, Mr. Panda
Where are My Books?

Board books:
Llama Llama Jingle Bells
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
Gobble Gobble Tucker
Ten on the Sled
Eight Jolly Reindeer


Dora the Explorer
PBS Kids

‘Bouquets for Books’ children’s book drive returns Oct. 31-Nov. 7

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Our annual children’s book drive is back for its 10th edition.

“Bouquets for Books” returns Oct. 31-Nov. 7 to benefit public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

In its nine years, Bouquets for Books has collected nearly 14,000 books for the libraries.

For each book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

You can view the library systems’ individual wish lists here.