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Royer’s Kids Club saluting veterans with Nov. 10 event in all stores

Red, white, blue and you!

For its final kids club event of 2018, the Royer’s Kids Club is honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement, featuring red and blue carnations and an American flag.

As the price of admission, participants are asked to bring a new children’s book for Bouquets for Books, Royer’s annual book drive to benefit area public libraries.

Participants also will receive a balloon and may decorate a coloring page for Royer’s annual Holidays for Heroes event, which honors veterans and active military members.

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

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

2018 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books, returns Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit the public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, including the independent Hershey Public Library and Middletown Public Library.

The libraries have provided these wish lists:


Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney
Big Nate books by Pierce Lincoln
Pokemon guidebooks
Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor
Disney books
Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale
Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems


Any titles in these series:
Any Scholastic branches
A to Z Mysteries
Amelia Bedelia
Babymouse Graphic Novels
Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers
Berenstain Bears
Biscuit Early Readers
Boxcar Children
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
DC Comics
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Disney Princesses
Dora or Diego
Dork Diaries
Elephant and Piggie
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Fancy Nancy
Geronimo Stilton
I Spy
I Survived
Little People, Big Dreams Biographies
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
Notebook of Doom
Owl Diaries
Pete the Cat
Scooby Doo Mysteries
Star Wars early readers (especially Lego ones)
Star Wars Jedi Academy
Superheroes – DC Comics or Marvel
Thomas the Tank Engine
Who was?
Books by these authors/illustrators:
Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama books)
Dav Pilkey
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle
Jennifer Holm
Karma Wilson
Leslie Patricelli
Margaret Wise Brown
Mo Willems
Raina Telgemeier
Sandra Boynton

Picture books:
Any hardcover with a 2017 or 2018 publication date
Chapter books:
Any princess chapter books (ex: Jasmine, Ariel, etc.)
Big Nate
Harry Potter
Any books in these subjects:
Biographies –Who Was? series
Books on shapes (triangles, squares, circles, etc.)
Early Reader Science (and other non-fiction)


Anything written by:
Mo Willems
Eric Carle
Dr. Seuss
Rosemary Wells
Sandra Boynton
Lucy Cousins
Raina Telgemeier
Rick Riordan

I Survived! by Lauren Tarshis
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Pete the Cat by James Dean
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


A to Z Mysteries
American Girl
Bad Kitty
Berenstain Bears
Boxcar Children
Fancy Nancy
Frankie Pickel
Geronimo Stilton
Hamster Princess
I Survived
I, Spy
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
Pete the Cat
Princess in Black
Thomas the Train Engine
Large board books, any title or series

123 Dream by Kim Krans
ABCs on wheels by Ramon Olivera
Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas
D is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear by Maria Carluccio
Different? Same! By Heather Tekavec
Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor
Faraway Fox by Jolene Thompson
I Want That Nut! By Madeline Valentine
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee
My Dog Laughs by Rachel Isadora
Owl sees Owl by Laura Godwin
Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Plankton Is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake
Trio: The Tale of a Three-Legged Cat by Andrea Wisnewski
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
What Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Dan Gutman
Dave Pikney
Dr. Seuss (Hardback preferred)
Eric Carle
Lucy Cousins
Mo Willems
Rick Riordan
Rosemary Wells


Any titles in these series:
Disney (especially princesses)
Elephant and Piggie
I Spy
Pete the Cat
Thomas the Tank Engine
Dork Diaries
I Survived…(by Lauren Tarshis)

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


Amelia Bedelia books
A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel
Bailey School Kids series
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie
Readers, Step into Reading, Easy Reader Leveled Books
Berenstain Bears (any!) series
Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce
Boxcar Children series
Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy
Cam Jansen books by David Adler
Clifford the Big Red Dog (any!)
Curious George books
Dr. Seuss books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other stories
Dora the Explorer books
Dork Diaries books by Rachel Renee Russel
Eric Carle books
Elephant and Piggie beginner reader books!
Fancy Nancy books
Geronimo Stilton books
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Graphic novels for youth
Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
Hardy Boys books
Look & Find I Spy books
Magic Attic Club books
Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne
My Little Pony books
Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Owl Diaries
Paw Patrol books
Peppa Pig books
Pete the Cat books!!
Pinkalicious books
Pokemon books by Tracey West
Puppy Place books
Rainbow Magic Fairies books
Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant
Scooby Doo books
Star Wars books
Teen Titans Go!
Thomas the Train books
Whatever After books by Sarah Mlynowski

These titles:
Andrew Lost by G.C. Greenburg
Be Kind by Pat Zietlowmiller
Big Nate Goes Bananas by Lincoln Peirce
Borka, the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo
Dear Dinosaur by Chae Strathie
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Rinker
I Survived by Lauren Tarshis
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Mighty Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Rinker
Pete the Cat 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by James Dean
Pete the Cat Snow Daze by James Dean
The Power of Cute by Charise Mericle Harper
Snoop’s Christmas Surprise by Charles Schultz
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
This is Christmas by Tom Booth
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson


Title and Author:
A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
A Unicorn Named Sparkle’s First Christmas by Amy Young
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, Jen Hill
Black Panther: Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Clifford Books
Darnell Rock Reporting by Walter Dean Myers
Did you Hear what I Heard? by Kay Winters
Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman, Andy Elkerton
Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
First Laugh, Welcome Baby by Rose Ann Tahe
Flo: A Picture Book by Kyo Maclear
Forest Dream by Ayano Imai
Freddy Files (Five Nights at Freddy’s) by Scott Cawthon
Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman
Furqan’s First Flat Top by Robert Liu-Trujillo
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
Gus Loves Cinderella by RH Disney
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty
I Hate Reading: How To Get Through 20 Minutes of Reading Without Really Reading by Beth Bacon, Arthur Bacon
I Want That Nut! by Madeline Valentine
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jada Jones series by Kelly Stadling Lyons
Katie in the Kitchen (Katir Woo) by Fran Manushkin
La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Lego DC Super Heroes: Ready for action! by Victoria Taylor
Lego Ninjago Reader by Tracey West, Kate Howard
Lena’s Shoes are Nervous by Keith Calabrese
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
Llamaphones by Janik Coat
Love Sugar Magic: A dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Magic, Madness and Mischief by Kelly McCullough
Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers, Genevieve Godbout
Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy
Neon Leon by Jane Clarke, Britta Teckentrup
No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan, Eric Fan
Pearl & Wagner: Four eyes by Kate McMullan
Peek-A-Who? by Elsa Mroziewicz
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
Pinkalicious Books
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
Podin One-Ear(Longburrow) by Kieran Larwood
Queen Panda Can’t Sleep by Susanna Isern
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Rice from Heaven by Tina Cho
Somewhere Else: A Picture Book by Gus Gordon
Stella Diaz has something to say by Angela Dominguez
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake
That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle, Alison Friend
The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
The Girl who thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King by Max Brallier
The Last kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna
The Worst Book Ever: A funny, interactive read-aloud for story time by Beth Bacon, Jason Grube
There’s Nothing to Do by Dev Petty
Trio: The Tale of a Three-legged Cat by Andrea Wisnewski
Under my Hijab by Hena Khan
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
Whose Poop is That? by Darrin Lunde
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, Dave Mottram
Category: Alphabet Books
Category: Fire Prevention Books
Category: LEGO Books

Royer’s collecting new children’s books Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit area public libraries

Give a new book, get a fresh bouquet.

That’s the simple proposition behind Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual children’s book drive, which this year runs Oct. 28-Nov. 10.

Bouquets for Books benefits public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

For each new 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


Royer’s Flowers & Gifts will celebrate the start of a new school year with a free Royer’s Kids Club event on Aug. 25.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring yellow and lavender daisy pompons, leatherleaf fern and a back-to-school stick-in.

Each participant also will receive a balloon.

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

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


Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s Flowers, and David Carl, corporate and foundation giving manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive collected 1,699 pounds of nonperishable items, pushing the total to more than seven tons since the event began in 2011.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which took place June 16-30, collected 166 pounds for the Greater Berks Food Bank and 1,533 pounds for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors received a free carnation.

Besides Royer’s 16 stores, the food drop-off locations included eight Drayer Physical Therapy Institute locations in the area.


Jamie Butts of Lebanon said her daughter, Camryn, plays soccer, basketball and swims. But her interests extend beyond sports.

“Drawing and coloring has always been something that she has liked,” Jamie said.

Camryn is a talented artist, too, as evidenced by the Cornwall Elementary fourth-grader winning this year’s Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her design will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Her prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at Kids club benefits include a membership card, online activities, quarterly e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.

Royer’s name-the-arrangement online contest runs July 15-31

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual name-the-arrangement contest is four times more fun this summer.

The winning name will apply to one arrangement that’s available in four sizes, small through extra-large.

The person who submits the winning name will receive a small version of the arrangement (retail value $21.99), which features yellow alstroemeria and daisy pom pons, peach hypericum and mini carnations, and orange carnations.

To view the arrangement and enter the contest, visit

Limit one entry daily per email address, July 15 through July 31.


Amid the flowers, plants and gifts in our stores, this time of year you’ll also find a selection of food.

That’s because we’re in the midst of our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 16-30, we’re collecting nonperishable food in each of our stores. For each item you donate, we’ll give you a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Please consider donating at any of our stores.

Royer’s annual food drive kicks off with June 16 kids club event

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive returns June 16-30.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick it off with an event June 16 in all Royer’s stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a nonperishable food item as the price of admission.

They will have an opportunity to decorate their own pot and plant marigold seeds in it and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest (the winner receives a flower delivery on his or her birthday). Each participant also will receive a balloon.

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

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

Driven to succeed: Royer’s participates in Career Vehicle Day at Camp Hill elementary school

Megan Zeller is a designer at Royer’s Camp Hill store, but she first joined the company as a contract driver for Valentine’s Day.

She brought that delivery experience to Career Vehicle Day April 6 at Hoover Elementary School in Camp Hill. Along with sales associate Tracy McEldowney, the Royer’s colleagues explained what it’s like to be a delivery driver.

Royer’s delivery truck was among one-dozen vehicles parked outside the school for the event that highlighted careers in everything from package delivery and TV news to police and EMS.

When delivering delicate flowers, Megan said, “We’ve got to be careful, we’ve got to be smart, we’ve got to be able to lift heavy things, too, because there are a lot of heavy things we deliver.”

With the assistance of computer tablets, Royer’s drivers load packages into their vehicles and then deliver. Megan emphasized the importance of being reliable, “to be where you need to be on time.”

Drivers must be licensed, of course, but they also have to pass a ride-along with a Royer’s manager to confirm that they operate safely when behind the wheel.

“A little fun fact,” Megan told the students and their teacher, “is that when this tablet is with the driver, we can tell how fast they’re going. So we can tell if somebody is driving over the speed of 60, and how many times they’ve gone over the speed of 60, and then we can talk to them when they come back.”

Check your work

The students learned that a driver deals with all manner of weather, from lovely to cold and slippery. Megan asked what a driver should do if delivering to a house where no one was home and the temperature was too cold to leave the flowers outside.

“Yeah, I might have to bring [the flowers] back to the shop,” she said. “I might have to go to a neighbor’s house.”

Not only do their tablets help the drivers keep track of deliveries, but they keep the store manager in the loop. If Aunt Tilly calls wondering where her order is, Megan said, the store manager can look at the status based on information shared from the tablet.

Tracy said a teacher’s adage to check work before turning it in also applies in the flower business. Clutching a big white stuffed bear and holding two Mylar balloons, she urged the students:

“Just like your teacher tells you now before you turn in your test, check your work, well, you have to keep checking your work,” Tracy said. “Because the driver has to check his work to make sure he gets the righty teddy bear to the right person.”