Besides a wide variety of books for all ages, you will find lots of other great items at Cherry Street! Need a nice gift for a friend or a new game or puzzle for family entertainment? We have some lovely new puzzles from 24–500 pieces that just arrived this month (as well as others with even fewer pieces for the toddles and up to 2000 pieces for the true puzzle geeks!); and several new games with more to come.
Have you tried Ozone socks? They come in some funky, colorful designs and will keep your feet cozy on a cool summer evening or on those cooler days coming in the fall and winter. Always a great gift — no worries about size!
Did you know we carry greeting cards? Note Cards? Journals? Day Planners? Pens? Next time you come in, take a little extra time to explore. Of course, we always love talking books with our customers. An author our staff just discovered in recent months is Britain’s Jojo Moyes. Some of her excellent novels are Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, One Plus One, and The Last Letter From Your Lover.
You might enjoy trying one of those. I came across a quote the other day that I liked………….” If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.” We hope you always feel welcome at Cherry Street Books. Remember that we are open on Sundays from noon–4pm and open Thursday evenings until 7 PM during the summer season.
Unique opportunity for the month of July
Each Wednesday evening in July from 7 – 8 PM Cherry Street Books will host meditation/ mindfulness sessions led by Wendy Meyer. Wendy is a Los Angeles based meditation facilitator who is here on vacation and interested in working with a small group in Alexandria. The first gathering was on July 9th and sessions will continue on July 16th, 23rd, and 30th. No previous experience needed and no fee; all who are interested are welcome.
Very special opportunity on August 5th
August 5th is the date you will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful brand new Alexandria Area High School. It is an incredible building and one we can all be very proud of. Don’t miss your chance to visit…………..you’ll be amazed! What a wonderful place for all of our young people spend their time growing and learning. Thanks go to so many people who have worked hard on planning for many years to see this dream become reality. Watch local media for open house times to visit the school on August 5th. I’ll be surprised if you can enter without saying “Wow!”
- July 17 – Art and Wine Crawl
Downtown Merchants are sponsoring an Art and Wine Crawl from 4–7 PM on July 17th. Many stores are sponsoring artists who will be on location with their art on display. At some stores there will be wine and snacks available too. Cherry Street Books will host artist Nori McNelis; many of her paintings are regularly on display here. She will be bringing other works to show (and sell) and may actually be working on a painting before your very eyes! Nori is a very accomplished artist and has been featured in many galleries across the country. She has a regular booth at Art in the Park where she sells beautiful hand-painted silk scarves. I expect she’ll have some for sale here on the 17th, so be sure to stop in and check it out. Remember that many downtown stores (including Cherry Street Books) are open until 7 PM every Thursday night through the summer, so take advantage of the extra shopping hours and come on downtown!
- July 26 – Booksigning by Author Barb Grover
Come in Saturday July 26th from 1–3pm to meet author Barb Grover.
Book signing by local writer, Barb Grover. Her first book, Images of America: Alexandria, was published by Arcadia Publishing in the spring of 2013. She has been working on a second book since that time and we now have it in the store as of July 8th. Postcard History Series: Alexandria, tells more of the area’s history through the use of picture postcards from times gone by. They tell the town’s story, recalling fond memories of businesses, churches, homes, schools, and recreational opportunities. Postcards were selected from the collection at the Douglas County Historical Society and from private collections. Both books are available at Cherry Street Books and will be in good supply for Barb’s signing on the 26th.
- July 29 – Booksigning by Author Nancy Carlson
Join us Tuesday July 29th from 1–3pm to meet author Nancy Carlson.
Book signing by well known and beloved children’s author/illustrator, Nancy Carlson. Nancy has been in Alexandria and in all of our elementary schools numerous times so the kids should be familiar with her and her many books. We’ll have lots of titles on hand and also copies of her newest book, Armond Goes to a Party. Bring the kids in to meet Nancy and enjoy some of her delightful books! Special treats for the kids that day!
- July–Sept – Art Exhibit by Karl Bodmer
At the Maritime Museum • 10–5 M–Sat, 12–4 Sun
Now through September at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MLMM), don’t miss the wonderful exhibit of art by Karl Bodmer of Switzerland and writings by Prince Maximilian of Austria that document their journeys up the Missouri River and through the mid-section of North America in the early 1830’s. Maximilian wanted to study North American Indian tribes in their natural settings Many detailed writings and pieces of art were produced and many artifacts were collected that are now in a museum in Berlin. The exhibit here is on loan from the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and is well worth a visit! Thanks to those on the museum board who had the foresight and inspiration to bring this wonderful exhibit to Alexandria. The MLMM is open daily from 10–5 and on Sundays from 12–4.
- August 1 – Festival of the Lakes
Friday, August 1st at 7:30pm
Opening night of the 22nd annual Festival of the Lakes concert series at Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East. Adult tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the store or at the door prior to the concert. Students are admitted free. More information about the concerts can be found elsewhere in this newsletter or at
- August 1 – Downtown Celebration and Street Dance
Downtown celebration and street dance on Friday, August 1st, for the completion of Phase I of the street project. There will be lots of information out about the details, so look or listen for it in the local media.
- August 2 – Booksigning by Author Greg Randle
Meet new author Greg Randle on August 2nd from noon–2pm!
Book signing by Minneapolis author Greg Randle. His first novel, The Last Ferryman, is set in a small village on the Wabash River that runs between Indiana and Illinois. It is the late 1930’s and the man whose family has operated the ferry across the river for generations is seeing his way of life coming to an end as a bridge is being built to connect the two states. It’s an absorbing story of the quirky characters of the town and how the old man and his family come to accept the inevitability of “progress” and a new way of life. Please stop in and meet Greg on August 2nd!
- August 9 – Booksigning by Author Rhonda Fochs
Come into the store on August 9th from 1–3pm to meet author Rhonda Fochs.
Book signing by Rhonda Fochs. Rhonda is retired from her teaching job and is now enjoying talking to people about her fascinating new book called Minnesota’s Lost Towns. Published in May 2014, the book takes us into the past to visit what are now Minnesota’s “ghost towns” (over 100 of them!). We learn what created the towns, how they grew and prospered, where they were located, why they died out and what we will find if we go there today. Written in a personal narrative style, the book is filled with “then” and “now” photos and amusing tales and anecdotes. It will be a fun read for history buffs, tourists, genealogists or anyone who loves a good story. We are looking forward to meeting Rhonda and hearing some of her stories and what she learned while doing the research for this book.
- August 30 – Booksigning by Author William Kent Krueger
Stop in on August 30th from 3–4pm and meet author William Kent Krueger.
Book signing by popular Minnesota writer, William Kent Krueger. He graces us with a visit every time he has a new book come out and this time is no different. Kent will be here for just one hour to visit with readers and sign copies of his newest in the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island. The book will be available at Cherry Street Books on its release date of August 19th. Krueger always brings in a good crowd and we sell a lot of his books, so let us know in advance if we should reserve a copy for you.
- Every Saturday at 10am – Story Time for Kids
Story Time for kids every Saturday at 10 AM. Lee has a great time with the kids reading stories, leading songs and rhymes and creating art. No sign-up necessary. No fee. Just come and join the fun!