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Children’s book drive returns Oct. 22-Nov. 5 to benefit public libraries



Royer’s annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 22-Nov. 5 to benefit area public 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.

For more information, including library wish lists, visit

In its first 10 years, Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 books.

It’s boos and bouquets at Oct. 29 Royer’s Kids Club event


The Royer’s Kids Club is conjuring a Halloween-themed activity for its Oct. 29 event in all stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to make a special “Boo” bouquet and will receive a balloon.

They are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, too.

Participants are asked to donate a new children’s book as the price of admission in support of our annual book drive — Bouquets for Books — to benefit area public libraries.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Food and book drives expanding to two weeks


Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Royer’s Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank, has collected nearly five tons of nonperishable food.

Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 new children’s books for area public libraries in its first 10 years.

‘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

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.

Barnes & Noble logo

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

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.

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

Bouquets for Books logo for web or interactive pieces

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.

Kids club: books for families to read aloud together


As we noted in the June 2015 issue of the Royer’s Kids Club newsletter, Buds, it’s important to keep reading and learning even during summer vacation. Here’s an expanded version of a list of books that families can read aloud together that we touched on in Buds:

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

“The End of the Beginning” by Avi
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.

“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

“A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station becomes a member of the family.

“The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free 24-hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and has learned many important lessons.

“Toys Go Out” by Emily Jenkins
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic… well, Plastic isn’t quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.

“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.

“Gooney Bird Greene” by Lois Lowry
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

“The World of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
The world of Pooh is a world of enchantment. It is a world where Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and the others share unforgettable adventures with Christopher Robin.

Royer’s Kids Club spring reading list


Every November, Royer’s holds a weeklong children’s-book drive to benefit area public libraries. To encourage the reading habit, we include a reading list in each quarterly issue of our Royer’s Kids Club newsletter, Buds.

Many baby animals arrive in spring, which is the focus of our latest reading list, courtesy of Heather Smith, youth services librarian at ELANCO Library in Lancaster County:

“Little White Rabbit” by Kevin Henkes
This story about a bunny exploring a garden in the springtime is a perfect read-aloud.

“Smick!” by Doreen Cronin
Can a big dog be friends with a little chick? Find out in the newest book by the author of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.”

“Animal Babies” by Harry McNaught
Readers will learn the names of 20 different baby animals in this beautifully illustrated classic.

“Deep in the Swamp” by Donna M. Bateman
This counting book features animal families that live in the Okefenokee Swamp.

“I Hatched!” by Jill Esbaum
A baby killdeer chick pecks its way out of its shell and discovers a wondrous world.

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
Older children will love reading about a baby pig who starts out as the runt of the litter but grows up to become friends with a savvy spider.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to children ages 5 to 12. Membership benefits include a membership card, Web site activities, giveaways, contests, member-only events and the Buds newsletter. Click here to register.