Apr 26, 2017

Travels on the St. Johns River

Travels on the St. Johns River
edited by Thomas Hallock and Richard Franz
Saturday, April 29th, Read (Think) Books will be attending a presentation by Richard Franz, emeritus scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, at the Putnam County Historical Society. The presentation will offer insight on the natural history of the St. Johns River, describing sea levels during its development and how those levels impacted the plants and animals it supported and the people who colonized its shores.

Dick Franz is the coeditor of John and William Bartram's "Travels on the St. Johns River" with Thomas Hallock, from University Press of Florida. You can order "Travels on the St. Johns River" from us any time, but if you come in soon, we might have a signed copy still available!


If you'd like to attend the presentation, contact the Putnam County Historical Society to obtain your membership. The presentation will be held during the Society's monthly membership meeting on Saturday, April 29th, at 11:00 am at the Bronson-Mulholland House, 100 Madison Street, Palatka.


Dick is also the coeditor of "Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida: Volume IV, Invertebrates" with Mark Deyrup.

Nov 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo on the River

A Perfect NaNo Day
Kristin's perfect plan for an afternoon of writing in Downtown Palatka:
  • Late morning walk on the St. Johns Riverfront - Get the mind and body moving!
  • Lunch at The Magnolia Cafe - Typing/writing fuel!
  • Writing at Read (Think) Books - Getting down to business!
  • Coffee break at This and That Cafe - Because, coffee!
  • More writing at Read (Think) Books - You're no NaNo novice!
  • Buy a book to reward yourself - Better readers = better writers!
  • Late afternoon walk at Ravine Gardens - Winding down and inner peace 😌
  • Bonus! Drinks at Uncork & Unwind - Time to celebrate a day well spent!

If you haven't entered the fun yet, go to NaNoWriMo.org and get writing! 
Haven't heard of NaNoWriMo? Here's what it is: You write 50,000 words in 30 days, supported by more than 400,000 bookish friends from all over the world. And it's free! (Though donations help bring writing experiences to kids all over the world, so who wouldn't want to do that?)

Happy National Novel Writing Month! 

Jun 7, 2016

It's Summer and the Reading is Easy!

Now is a great time to come browse our shelves for summer reading! You can select from fun reads we have in store, SSYRA titles both in stock and available for order, and even select summer practice books to order.

We have books for all readers, from beginning reader to young adult.

SSYRA Lists are Out

The 2016-2017 SSYRA lists have been posted, and we already have a selection available.

This year, for the first time, SSYRA has created a K-2 list! Check it out for some awesome picture books and beginning chapter books.

You can also browse the Florida Teens Read list, which is filled with some great titles voted on by teen readers. (Sort of a People's Choice Awards for books!)

Go to our SSYRA 2016-2017 page for more details.

Summer Practice Books

We can order grade-level-specific summer supplemental practice books that students can use to practice skills over the summer. Practice books are in three categories:

Summer Bridge Activities designed to support reading proficiency, with additional activities for outdoors, science experiments, and social studies.

Summer Link: Math Plus Reading from American Education Publishing

Reading & Math Jumbo Workbooks from Scholastic

Whether for Practice, or Just for Fun

Stop in Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm, and let us help you find your child's favorite summer reads, and tools to prepare for next school year!

Here are a few of the great titles we have on hand:

The Immortal Nightingale by Don Bosco

Dog Days by Karen English

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
The Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Sep 9, 2015

Art, Science and History on the Bartram Trail

Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th,  Read (Think) Books will be at the Bartram Trail Conference held at Ravine State Gardens. (The store will also be open, of course!) The conference, which extends through Sunday with a host of outdoor events such as canoeing and hiking, will examine the enduring legacy of William Bartram, naturalist and artist, whose 1791 book described and illustrated the flora and fauna of the mostly unexplored southeastern landscape and the Native Americans who lived there.

The conference includes panel discussions about Bartram's art and writing, the Native Americans and escaped slaves he met along the way, and how to best create a connected interpretative whole out of the separate Bartram sites along the St. Johns River. On Saturday evening, in conjunction with the Keep Putnam Beautiful ArtoberFest. there will be a music, food, historical displays and events such as river taxi excursions at the Palatka Riverfront Park & SJR Center.

Books available at the conference are listed below. Supplies will be limited, so get yours early! (But if you miss out, we can always special order them for you.)

Andrea Wulf
  • The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
  • Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
Bill Belleville
  • The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys
  • River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida's St. Johns River

Thomas Hallock and Nancy Hoffman
William Bartram, the Search for Nature's Design: Selected Art, Letters & Unpublished Writings

Sandra Wallus Sammons
John and William Bartram: Travelers in Early America

Mark Van Doren (Editor)
Travels of William Bartram

G. Kent
Hiking in North Florida with William Bartram: 25 Hikes

Francis Harper
The Travels of William Bartram: Naturalist Edition

Dorinda Dallmeyer
Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South

Charlotte Porter and Kathryn Braund
Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram

The conference extends through Sunday. For more information, you can check out the conference agenda.

May 22, 2015

Blue Crab Festival, Memorial Day... and books!

Blue Crab Festival, which takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend, kicks off today.  We'll be open for the festival. Come see us for great books about U.S. history, fun book-themed gifts, cookbooks, as well as great new and used fiction and children's books.

We love the festival. Good food, live music, and lots of people watching–who wouldn't? It's one of Putnam County and downtown Palatka's big events each year. It lasts from Friday's live band kickoff 'til Monday afternoon.

On Monday, starting at 10 am, a parade and memorial ceremonies will pay tribute to those who died while serving in the United States armed services. 

Live Music, a Random Sample

  • Big Engine will be playing Saturday and Sunday nights, the 23rd and 24th, (but NOT Friday, according to the their facebook page). 
  • The Red River Band from St. Augustine is performing on Saturday, the 23rd and Monday, the 25th. 
  • STB is a Motown style band from Palm Coast. They'll be in town Sunday.
  • Blistur describes themselves as Alt Metal/Rock/Experimental on their FB page. They'll be experimenting at Blue Crab on Saturday.
To see the whole schedule, check out Blue Crab's FB page