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Scuffy the Tugboat Story Time

By Lauren Cassulis on August 11, 2017

Generations of parents and children have cherished this classic Little Golden Book, originally published in 1946. On Saturday, September 16th at 10:30am, meet Scuffy, enjoy story time, and then build your own tugboat! Open to children of all ages.

Meant for “bigger things,” Scuffy the Tugboat leaves the man with the polka-dot tie and his little boy, and sets off to explore the world. But on his daring adventure down the river, Scuffy realizes that home is where he’d rather be, sailing in his bathtub.

Food Network’s Nancy Fuller at Good Nature’s Sunday Brunch

By Lauren Cassulis on July 21, 2017

Nancy Fuller, of Food Network’s “Farmhouse Rules,” will be at the Sunday Brunch at the Farm Brewery on Sunday, July 30th at 11am. Like Good Nature, Nancy focuses on farm-to-table cuisine and has her roots in Upstate New York. She was born on a dairy farm, and her childhood instilled in her a love and respect for food, farmers, and the land where it is grown.


In addition to their regular Sunday Brunch menu, Good Nature will offer a dish that Nancy will showcase in a cooking demo, pulling inspiration from her cookbook. Nancy’s demo and the brunch will feature local producers. The Colgate Bookstore will have copies of her cookbook on site available for purchase. Hamilton’s Partnership for Community Development is co-hosting the event.

Annual Sidewalk Sale

By Lauren Cassulis on June 30, 2017

Get into summer in Hamilton, NY! It’s Hamilton’s second annual SIDEWALK SALE on July 14th and 15th! The bookstore will have special sales and clearance items all weekend long.

Customer Appreciation Day: Celebrating 15 Years Downtown

By Lauren Cassulis on June 16, 2017


We are so excited to celebrate 15 years of being in the center of the village of Hamilton!

On Thursday, July 13th, the entire store will be 13% off (in-store and online, some exclusions apply). Enjoy FREE ice cream, and enter for a chance to win an ENO hammock!

Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt

By Lauren Cassulis on June 9, 2017

Join us on July 28th at 4pm for a special Where’s Waldo Grand Celebration in collaboration with the Hamilton Public Library! We will be celebrating a great month of Waldo searching at our end-of-the-month #FindWaldoLocal party! There will be a special scavenger hunt starting at the Hamilton Public Library and ending at the bookstore for pizza and prizes.

Free and open to children of all ages.

Paddington Story Time

By Lauren Cassulis on May 12, 2017

Come meet Paddington on June 3rd at 10:00am! Hailing from Peru, Paddington is famous for his love of marmalade. He is particularly fond of marmalade sandwiches. He always carries a jar of it in his suitcase, and he usually has a marmalade sandwich tucked under his hat, “in case of emergencies”.

Story time will be followed by drop-in crafts and marmalade sandwich cookies! Free and open to children of all ages.

Closed for Easter Sunday

By Lauren Cassulis on April 14, 2017

The Colgate Bookstore will be closed Sunday, April 16th. We will resume normal store hours on Monday. Have a wonderful Easter Sunday, all!

Earth Day: Story Time & Craft

By Lauren Cassulis on March 24, 2017

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and has been celebrated every April 22 since then. It’s a day to remind us to take care of our Earth. We reflect on our planet, our environment, and learn what we can do to help keep the Earth healthy.

Join us on April 22nd at 10:30am for a story time and recycled crafts! Open to children of all ages.

Seuss Saturday 2017

By Lauren Cassulis on February 17, 2017

Whether you are a long-time fan of Dr. Seuss stories, or have yet to be introduced to his classic book, “Daisy-Head Mayzie”, all are invited to ‘Seuss Saturday’ in Hamilton, NY on Saturday, March 4th. Join us as we celebrate Seuss stories old and new.

There will be a variety of activities for all ages at different times & locations throughout the village. Come to just one, or come to them all! Admission to the day’s programs and activities is free.

Gear up for Seuss Saturday! February 6th – March 4th


“Where is The Cat in the Hat?” — That tricky cat will be visiting different local businesses as he gets ready to celebrate Seuss Saturday. Stop by the Hamilton Public Library each week to look for clues about where he’s been and write down your best guess. If you guess correctly, your name will be entered into a Saturday drawing to win a Dr. Seuss book from the Colgate Bookstore! We have four books to give away and you can participate once every week to try to track that crazy cat as he makes his way around town!

March 4th – Seuss Saturday Schedule of Events



10:15 a.m. — Hamilton Public Library [13 Broad Street]
Official Mayoral Proclamation—Village of Hamilton Mayor, Bob McVaugh, will kick off the celebrations by making a public declaration establishing Seuss Saturday 2017! A special story time will follow the proclamation to celebrate Seuss and share his story of “Daisy-Head Mayzie”.

11:00 a.m. – Hamilton Movie Theater [7 Lebanon Street]
Enjoy a free showing of the 2003 comedy “The Cat in the Hat” based on the Seuss classic, sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital. Don’t forget to order some Hop on Pop popcorn! Travis Hall, PhD-Psychologist, Community Memorial will speak for a half hour with Q&A to follow on preparing parents and guardians of children of all ages on creating positive body images and a self esteem in your children. This presentation is sponsored by the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and the Community Memorial Hospital.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Colgate Bookstore [3 Utica Street, 3rd Floor Events Room]
Stop by between 1-3pm to create a flower planting craft . Learn about the uniqueness of flowers in a special planting sponsored by the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center,. Every child will take home their own flower planting. All Dr. Seuss books and toys will be 30% off! The bookstore generously donates 13% of their book sales from children’s and adult book-related events to the Hamilton Public Library. Through this collaboration of local business and public service, we aim to raise awareness of the importance and joy of reading while supporting both community cornerstones.


All Day   \\  Seuss Selfie Challenge

Show your Seuss Spirit!  Selfie stations with photo booth props will be available in various locations downtown – including the Library, Theater, Saxbys & the Bookstore!  Pick up a game card at any of the participating locations and snap a photo at each station using the frames and props.  Post them to social media with #seusssaturday and be entered to win one of three prizes!  Sponsored by the Hamilton Coalition Youth Team.

Music Together with Clever Canaries Music Together

By Lauren Cassulis on February 9, 2017

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, February 18th at 10:30am for a special music class, hosted by Clever Canaries Music Together. Juliane Price will lead a free class where parents and children alike can participate in a fun, musical class!


This event is free, and open to children of all ages. Snacks will be provided.