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A Book Barn: Inspiring the Community One Book at a Time

Jul 20, 2016 03:57PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Interior of A Book Barn. Photo courtesy of their Facebook page.

A Book Barn is a family-owned book store and has been in Old Towne Clovis for 15 years and is hoping to continue to inspire children and adults alike to continue readings. This year, they won the Hidden Gem People's Choice Award, and hope to continue their success. 

When they first opened, their store was a mere 800 square feet Now, they have grown to become over 7000 square feet, with a warehouse made up of 7000 more square feet. They also have approximately 100,000 listings online on their websiteAmazon, and other book sites. 

A Book Barn offers several free events for the community to enjoy, their most popular being Mother Goose on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-10:45am. At this particular event, Mother Goose comes in and helps kids learn about listening and reading. They also get to have show and tell and participate in nursery rhymes.

One of the Tail Waggin' Tutors

Gracey, their Tail Waggin’ Tutor (therapy dog) also joins Book Barn every other Saturday from 1-2pm. Her presence helps children with reading, as well as getting joy from simply petting her. 

A Book Barn also has a number of book clubs, writers groups, and other organizations that meet regularly. Book signings, book launches, conferences, book festivals, and blood drives are here.

Visit their Book Club page to learn more, and to check out their current reading list. 

Every August, they help with the Big Book Sale at Sierra Vista, which has been ongoing for 5 years. This is an organization that Book Barn helped to create, and it helps raise around $30,000 per year for local-area libraries.

Another organization that they participate in is the CUSD Kids in Transition program with Stuff the Bus, where we get donated backpacks and school supplies for those kids in need. Also, we help with the Marjoree Mason Center by donating books.

2016 People's Choice Awards

A Book Barn holds an annual writing contest for kids. Not only do the winners win cash prizes, but their work is published in an anthology. AT the end of the contest, they hold a celebration and an awards ceremony at the Veterans Hall.

For the past 5 years, A Book Barn has also had a summer reading program for kids. At the end of the contest, they provide a pizza party with games and prizes.

According to Peggy Dunklee, owner of A Book Barn, "Our mission is to keep kids reading, as well as adults, and having fun while doing it." 

To learn more about A Book Barn, you can visit their website, or head to their Facebook Page

Content courtesy of Peggy Dunklee.