Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: Music Department

The Book Table’s Music Department has the largest selection of sheet music in the valley, but that isn’t all we stock: the Music Department also boasts a great selection of music accessories such as metronomes, maintenance kits, and composer statutes. Here are our are few of our top products for Christmas this year:

Desktop Drum Set

Designed for fantastic sound, this amazing retro drum and cymbal set will have you playing like a pro. Its glossy candy apple red finish and chrome plated hardware looks as good as it sounds! With a classic three drum configuration, well-placed cymbal, and easy set up, you’ll be impressing others in no time. Play smooth jazz, country classics, head-bangin’ rock, or whatever the mood happens to be. The stage is yours, and a drum solo is in order! Perfect for the home or the office.

Quick, easy assembly; no tools required.

Includes: 2 x 4.5 in Tom-Toms, 1 x 6 in Tom-Tom, 1 Cymbal, 2 Drumsticks, 1 Drum Stand.

(Also found in our Toy Department)

Snark Touch Metronome

Touch Screen MetronomeMAKES PRACTICE FUN!

  • World’s First TOUCH Metronome!
  • 6 sounds:
    – Wood Block– Hand Clap– Snare
    – Cricket Chirp– Dog bark– Cowbell
  •    15 Rhythms
  •    Tap Tempo
  •    Pause/Play Feature
  •    Extra Loud Speaker
  •    Variable Volume
  •    40-250 Beats Per Minute Speed
  •    Jack for Smart Phone Ear Buds

Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Models: Instrument Line

Metal Earth models have been a hit here at the Book Table for the last few years. We carry the classic bridges, ships, cars, and other vehicles, along with the special Star Wars line, and now we have the musical instruments in stock!

All of the parts come in a metal sheet and are easy to pop out. Tweezers or needle-nose pliers are the best tools to put these cool models together.

In our musical instrument line, we have: grand piano, electric lead guitar, electric bass guitar, drum set, and bass fiddle (or acoustic double bass for you classical musicians).

These metal models make great stocking stuffers because they’re small and inexpensive. The musician in your life is sure to enjoy putting these models together!

Collect them all!

And don’t forget about our pencils, jewelry, mugs, ties, phone cases, and tree ornaments–all located in the Music Department gift section.

Oh the weather outside is…delightful?

Hey Cache Valley-ites! If you’re like me, you’ve noticed the balmy temperatures that have taken the place of our usual snow storms this December, and you’re a bit concerned about having a white Christmas! I mean, what’s the point of living in Utah without the snow during the winter?

If you (or your kids) is missing the snow, have no fear! We have a couple of indoor snow products that are sure to put smiles back on those faces.

Insta-Snow Powder!

Insta-Snow is an amazing super-absorbent powder that looks like real snow when you add water! Just ad water and Insta-snow expands to 100 times its original volume to make the most amazing faux snow you’ve ever seen. Insta-snow is great for parties, decorations, science fair projects, play, hobbies, photography, or as a magical demonstration to amaze your friends!

Makes two gallons of snow, and includes measuring scoop and a complete explanation of the scientific secret.

Snow to Go!

Just mix a scoop of Snow to Go! powder with water to make an instant eruption of fluffy snow that will not melt and will last for weeks.

It’s fast and easy to make!

(Slippery when wet, do not eat)

Melting Snowman

Create a melt-able snowman on your desk without the ice or water! Includes soft putty and accessories for the eyes, arms, hat, scarf and even a carrot nose. Once you’ve built your snowman, watch as gravity blobs it flat overnight with fun and unexpected results. Then, pick out your accessories, roll the putty back up and start all over again!

Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: Toys and Games

Toy Department

Toys are one of the most important things we sell here at The Book Table during the Christmas season. After all, Santa can’t do it all himself! And what would Christmas be without toys?

MagformersMAGFORMER

MAGFORMERS construction sets foster brain development through fun and educational exploration. With high quality, durable construction and intelligent magnetic design, the possibilities are endless!

Games Department

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting together with family and friends. And when you’ve watched all the movies and baked all of the yummy treats, why not sit down and play one of these fun games?

Telestrations

The age-old game of “Telephone” gets a face lift in this fun game from USAopoly!

Draw what you see, then guess what you saw! All players simultaneously sketch, pass, guess, and laugh to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes!

Included:

  • Over 1,700 word cards!
  • 8 dry-erase markers
  • 8 clean-up cloths
  • 8 reusable sketch books
  • 60 second sand timer
  • 1 die

4-8 players ages 12 and up!

Five Crowns

Five crowns is a five-suited, rummy-style card game. It is a quick favorite for avid and casual card players alike. The unique deck provides each player multiple options for arranging their hand into books and runs.

The game has 11 rounds. It starts with 3 cards and 3s are wild. The next hand has 4 cards and 4s are wild, and so on til the Kings Go Wild!

Make the right combinations, be the first to go out, then watch the other scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses.

Ages 8+, 1-7 players

Tenzi

The world’s fastest game! Everyone gets ten dice. Someone says, “Go!” and everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. Sure, there are a few more rules, but you get the idea. It’s a fun, fast frenzy. It’s Tenzi!

2-4 players, ages 7-97

Book Signing this Wednesday December 10!

Melanie Mason, author of The Line That Divides will be signing her book on Wednesday, December 10 from 5-7 pm.

About the book: With boundaries clearly drawn by the horror of World War II, Austrian teenager Marianne Leichtner doesn’t think about love. Returning from Germany, where she was forced to attend school as a linguist, she settles back into life in the countryside.

The_line_that_dividesThe crash of an American B-17 bomber in the hills behind her family’s home changes everything. Shortly following the accident, Marianne discovers Charlie and Sam, the only surviving crewmen from the plan, hiding in the barn. She decides to help them and is thrust into a world of danger and secrets. An unlikely friendship forms, and then the Nazis arrive. After a week of hiding the young men, Marianne is attacked by Lieutenant Herske, a Nazi officer, and is rescued by Charlie. She helps the Americans escape, but assumed the worst when she learns two Americans were killed trying to cross the border.

As she pieces together her broken heart, Marianne decides the only way she can defy the Nazis is to join the Austrian resistance. To cross that line means discovering who she really is and what she is willing to do. Because of Charlie, she is willing to take the chance.

When the war ends it seems impossible to return to normal life. But a miracle occurs, saving Marianne one more time.

Melanie Mason 2About the author: MELANIE MASON has told stories all her life and finds her passion in writing. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in communications. She won first place in the Beginning of Book Contest for Young Adult Fiction at the American Night Writers Association 2014 conference, and she is the editor of ANWA’s monthly newsletter. Melanie has published several articles and stories that are featured on HubPages.com. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where the beauty of the Pacific Northwest feeds her imagination.

Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: LDS Department

Stocking stuffer books:

These books are small and not very expensive. In other words, they are perfect gifts for Santa to place in your child’s stocking!


Baby Touch and Feel Christmas
 

From frosty snowmen to sparkly Christmas trees, there are all kinds of textures for baby to explore in this safe, sturdy book that encourages early learning.

Great for baby’s first Christmas, or children ages 0-3.

Price: $5.99

Location: LDS Department display

Sing to Baby Jesus by Rachelle Pace Castor

Sing_to_baby_jesusChildren and parents alike will enjoy this colorful counting board book in which adorable animals gather around the baby Jesus on the night of the Holy Nativity.

Clever verse and fun illustrations make this narration an ideal way to teach children how to count while they also discover the story of our Savior’s birth.

Price: $9.99

                                                                       Location: LDS Department display

Visiting Teaching:

These books are similar to pamphlets in that they’re only 10-15 pages long and they can fit in an envelope. These are the two we’re especially fond of this season, but we do have quite a selection. We call these our “visiting teaching” books because they’re small, not very expensive, and they tell a great story about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Miracle Maker by Ann Acton

It all starts with one little seed of love.“The Miracle Maker is coming!” Everyone in the tiny hamlet is excited when they hear the news that the renowned man of wonders is coming to their village. But the humble traveler who appears isn’t what anyone expected. They were looking forward to someone magnificent who would change their lives. But it seems this man can barely take care of himself, let alone fulfill the dreams of others. However, miracles can come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes from unexpected places.

Price:$2.49

Includes envelope

Room in the Inn by Neil L. Andersen

Room_in_the_innTraveling home along a quiet road on Christmas Eve, the Andersen family became stranded in a remote part of the French countryside. The heartwarming story of their encounter with a modern-day innkeeper in a quaint village in France is a reminder that whoever you are, wherever you are, God knows you and loves you, and His miracles still happen today at Christmas and all the year through.

Price: $3.49

Includes envelope

 Novel:

This is the book we all want to curl up and read with a big mug of hot cocoa!

The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has. Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill. Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises twelve days of gifts and stories that will reveal the truth behind the beloved Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. As the days go by, the gifts hint at a possible lost lyric. Was there once a 13th day of Christmas? And if so, could its magic change or save a life? If Marva knows something about the letters from the Elves, she s not telling. However, you don t live as long as Marva Ferguson and not have a secret or two including a whole lot of faith in your apron pocket. Filled with laughter, tenderness, and hope, The 13th Day of Christmas invites us to see how an old Christmas favorite can turn into a true Christmas miracle.

Picture Book:

God Bless Us, Every One!: The Story Behind A Christmas Carol by John Rhys-Davies

As Charles Dickens dipped his pen and began to write the classic tale A Christmas Carol in the autumn of 1843, the spirit of the story captured his heart and mind in an extraordinary way. Dwindling sales of his previous books had resulted in a desperate financial situation for Dickens, who had used much of his income to support worth causes and needy family members. But the book which he had intended as a quick solution to his problems turned out to be much, much more.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens’s most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choirs 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.

Our Biggest Sale of the Year is TONIGHT!

Midnight Madness_2014It’s that time of year again! Can you believe that Midnight Madness is already upon us? Midnight Madness will be happening at the Book Table TONIGHT from 8 p.m. until MIDNIGHT.

Whether this is your first year with us, or you are a seasoned veteran of Midnight Madness, here are some helpful tips to making the most out of this fantastic event:

  1. Come early.Midnight Madness officially starts at 8 p.m., but the authors are often here early and eager to tell you about their latest books. Plus, you’ll often beat the lines if you’re here and ready on time.
  2. Say hi to the authors! Every year we pull in a ton of really fun authors who are just bursting to tell you about their latest books. Don’t just walk past them, take time to say hi and ask them about their work. You may just discover your next favorite book, and you’ll have a chance to get it signed!
  3. Grab a flyer at the door and then look for the balloons! Though everything in the store is at least 20% off during the sale, there are additional sales going on during the night which are always marked with balloons. So keep an eye out.
  4. We cannot hold any product for you during the sale. None. Whatsoever. Not even for a minute. So either bring someone to help you carry your product while you shop, or adhere to tip #1 and get here early enough to get a cart.
  5. We also cannot take special orders during the sale. If we are out of something that you want, make sure to remember the product and call us on Saturday morning and we will be happy to order the product for you then.
  6. Absolutely no returns during the sale. If you need to return a product, please make sure to make it to a register well before 8 p.m. as we will not be able to help you after that time.
  7. Keep your receipts. For product returned within 90 days of this sale without a receipt, we are required to return the product at 20% off, even if it wasn’t purchased at the sale. So please remember to always keep your receipts just in case you need to return something later on.

Midnight Madness is our favorite night of the year. Please help us out by adhering to the above guidelines and everyone will have a pleasant night!

Thanks for shopping with us, and we hope to see you there!

Midnight Madness Performers 2014

photo 1 (1)In complement with our author signings, this year at Midnight Madness we have a couple of performers who will be playing both original and cover music.

Shawn & Mindi Potter will be performing and signing their CD Potter’s Clay during our 2014 Midnight Madness Sale.

Lorisa Pulotu, Wellsville resident, will be signing her CD, Crimson Sky, and performing classic Christmas favorites during our 2014 Midnight Madness Sale.

James Farmer will be signing and performing selections from his CD, Enchanted, during our 2014 Midnight Madness Sale.

Midnight Madness Authors 2014

The Book Table is pleased to be hosting the following authors at our Midnight Madness even this year. Click on the blue words to find out more about these authors and their books!

David M. Barker–Science and Religion

Randy BostwickBearstock Scrolls

12039911Daniel ColemanJabberwocky, Hatter, and Gifts & Consequences

Sadie Coleman, daughter of Daniel Coleman–Biggest Heart Ever

17315474Andrew CrusoeTruth Beyond the Sky

Kaymie Davidson–Good Deeds Manger (A Book Table exclusive!)

Amy FinneganNot in the Script (If Only…#3)

Tracks of a Pigeon-toed Horse by John T.…John Fleming–Tracks of a Pigeon-Toed Horse, The Obsidian Serpent, and Mouriel Secret of the Lost Cow

Heather FrostSeers, Demons, and Guardians

JoLynne Lyon–Truth is Relative

New Release November 2014Charlotte Maynard–Carol’s Christmas and Blood of the Wolf

Katie McKay–Keys to a Musical Heart, My Miracle Piano, and Middle C Adventures series

coverDanette HansenSpace Gum

Carol Tuttle Book Talk on FRIDAY at 7:15

Carol TuttleCarol Tuttle will be talking about her books and answering your questions on Friday, December 5 from 7:15–8 pm. Afterwards, Carol will join the rest of our Midnight Madness authors in signing her books on the main floor of the Book Table.
Carol Tuttle is the best-selling author of five books and the creator of online learning programs Energy Profiling and Dressing Your Truth.Carol received her post-baccalaureate training in numerous energy psychology and natural healing methods. For over 20 years, her work in the field of self-help and personal development has helped hundreds of thousands worldwide to improve every aspect of their lives–from money, to health, relationships, fashion, parenting, to overall emotional well-being.

Her first two books, The Path to Wholeness and Remembering Wholeness, promote personal growth by teaching empowering energy healing methods.

In her experience with energy healing, Carol observed that different people express different energies and natural movements. She developed a program called Energy Profiling that helps people identify and honor their true natures, strengths, and gifts. Her book, It’s Just My Nature, explains this program in depth.

Applying her Energy Profiling model to beauty and fashion, she then created an online makeover program called Dressing Your Truth. Women from over 60 countries around the world have become members of Carol’s Dressing Your Truth program. Carol’s book Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile is the first step to dressing true to your nature.

Carol Tuttle’s latest book applies Energy Profiling to the world of parenting. The Child Whisperer turns longstanding parenting assumptions on their heads and shows how parenting can be an even more intuitive, cooperative, fulfilling experience than any good parent even imagines.

Carol is the mother of five grown children. She and Jonathan, her husband of 32 years, reside in Utah. Carol enjoys the outdoors and loves to challenge herself through competitive tennis and triathlons. Her favorite place in the world, besides home, is the North Shore of Oahu.

 

Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: General Books

It’s that time of year again, and we’ve asked our department managers to pick a few products from their departments they’re especially excited about so we can highlight them for you here! First up, General Books!

Stocking Stuffers:

Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman

Who hasn’t sung along to this favorite carol with a child he or she loves? Now, join the ride as a family sets out in a one-horse sleigh to find their perfect Christmas tree. The illustrations tell a tale alongside the song, and a new second verse adds pages of snowtime fun!

 

 

When Frosty the Snowman was introduced in 1950 in a recording by Gene Autry, it became an instant hit. Since then, its popularity has increased every year, making Frosty one of the most recognized and beloved characters ever created. This updated edition recounts the beloved tale of Frosty — how he was brought to life one magical day and the adventures he had with the children of the town.

 

Novel:

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.

classic:

Christmas Ideals: 70th Anniversary Edition

A family favorite and time-honored Christmas tradition for 70 years.

Loyal readers are drawn to Ideals for its celebration of life’s most treasured moments. This, the 70th anniversary edition of the annual Christmas issue, will be no exception to the legacy of inspiration and comfort for readers. Carefully selected, heartwarming poetry and prose is accompanied by beautiful, full-color photographs and fine art reproductions. Pamela Kennedy shares warm holiday memories; poet Eileen Spinelli taps into the quiet joy of the season; recipes for delicious holiday foods are ready to prepare; and the original Christmas story is told through Bible passages accompanied by fine art. Kennedy also explores the history of a classic Christmas song, which is presented alongside sheet music and the song’s lyrics.

Ideals, a part of Christmastime family traditions for 70 years, brings to mind and brings to life, a Christmas full of warmth, hope, and love.

Picture Book:

I Believe in Santa Claus by Diane Adamson

Finally, a book that says it’s OK to believe in Santa Claus, yet shows how this time honored symbol is meant to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas

From the author: ‘Sometimes I hear people complain that the department stores put up Christmas decorations too early. Or they say that the merchandisers are only thinking of commercial gain when they advertise with lights and decorations. For me, Christmas symbols cannot be displayed too early or too much. The wreaths, the lights, the red bows, the decorated trees, the presents, all remind me of the true meaning of Christmas. I say ‘thank you’ to the people of the world who spend time and money and make lovely displays of gifts and decorations. They are advertising the spirit of Christmas. They are reminding me of Christ.’