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Local Author Meet & Greet

By Lauren Marshall on January 17, 2020

On Saturday, February 8th from 11am-12pm at the Colgate Bookstore, meet local authors from across Central NY! Books from a variety of genres will be available for purchase, and locally made cookies will be offered. The authors write in a wide range including children’s literature, adult fiction, romance, and many others. Author list includes Ron Bagliere, Suzanne Bloom, Christie Casciano, Nicholas T. Davis, Bernie Freytag, Cory Leonardo, Barbara Linsley, Frank Martorano, and Sue Rubin.

Book Signing & Presentation with Dan Gilchrist

By Lauren Marshall on December 6, 2018

Join us on Saturday, January 12th at 11am for a book signing and presentation by local veterinarian Danny Gilchrist.

Danny Gilchrist stumbled into a career as a large animal veterinarian when, by happenstance, he tagged along to the birth of a lamb, an act he attributes to divine intervention. He has collected memories of his life and work in Fella, named for a beloved childhood pet. Born in Alberta Canada, he and his wife Judy grew up in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Dr. Gilchrist served a two year mission for his church at age 19-21. Educated at Carleton University and receiving a doctorate in Veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, Gilchrist spent a lifetime driving the back roads of upstate New York, tending to dairy cows, sheep, and just as often the farmers who relied on them for a livelihood. A typical day might find him awakened by an emergency call at 2 a.m. A devout Mormon, he views his work as part of his larger mission, and includes stories about his church life as well.

When Gilchrist describes his job, the stories are addictive: You feel as if you’re there in the barn, often in life-or-death circumstances; the triumphs and tragedies hit home boldly.

Fella is hard to put down. When Gilchrist amputates the leg of an injured chinchilla and reassures the owner that the animal will be fine, his heart shines through. He reminds readers of the trust animals place in us to be their friends and guardians, and sets an example few of us could equal.

Grinchmas Party

By Lauren Marshall on November 9, 2018

Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch excitement with the ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic that no holiday season is complete without!

On Saturday, December 15th at 10:30am, meet the Grinch and learn how he stole Christmas at the Colgate Bookstore. Crafts and cookies to follow story time. Free and open to children of all ages.

Can’t get enough of the Grinch? Catch a special screening of The Grinch at the Hamilton Movie Theater! Any child who attends the Grinchmas Party will receive a Grinch-y sticker. If you show your sticker at the Hamilton Movie Theater on Saturday, 12/15, you’ll get a free cup of popcorn!

The Grinch is only at the theater for one week (12/14 – 12/20), so mark your calendars now!

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.

And don’t forget to celebrate Grinchmas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!

Booklovers Club Holiday Reception

By Lauren Marshall on October 18, 2018

Calling all booklovers!

On Tuesday, November 20th from 6pm – 7pm, come to our annual reception to receive free books, and enter to win more! Enjoy locally made refreshments and receive expert personal assistance while shopping for the holidays.

Here’s how it works:
Our friends in publishing have donated great books, which we combine into bundles. For every book you purchase at the reception, you’ll receive one raffle ticket. Browse through the bundles to find the perfect collection. Then, place your raffle ticket on the bundle of your choice, and see if you are the winner! All drawings for book bundles will be held at 7:00pm. You need not be present to win.

Want even more free books? Come browse our huge collection of free advance reading copies – including books that haven’t even been published yet!

Third Annual Halloween in Hamilton

By Lauren Marshall on September 12, 2018

Join us as we celebrate our third annual village-wide Halloween in Hamilton on October 31st! Enjoy a giant celebration with crafts, trick-or-treating, and a free movie! Safe fun for the whole family. Check out the full schedule of events below.

From 3pm – 4pm, head over to the Colgate Bookstore (3 Utica St) for a gigantic celebration. Create a glowing Dream Jar, design your own enormous BFG ears, and snack on some delicious Frobscottle!

Then, join the costume parade down Lebanon Street from 4pm – 4:30pm. Local shops will hand out treats as the children parade through town. Lebanon Street will be closed for traffic from 3:30pm – 4:30pm for safety.

Starting at 4:30pm, the Hamilton Movie Theater (7 Lebanon St) will play the 2016 film, “The BFG” (rated PG, 1h 57m) for FREE, sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore. Based on a book by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” tells the story of an orphan little girl who befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

After the movie, head out through the village of Hamilton for a night of safe, fun trick-or-treating!

Dar Williams Book Signing & Presentation

By Lauren Marshall on July 26, 2018

Join Arts at the Palace on Saturday, August 25th at 3pm as they host Dar Williams for a book signing and presentation, sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore. Her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

Here, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

What I Found in a Thousand Towns is more than a love letter to America’s small towns, it’s a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America’s lively and resilient communities.

Williams will be performing later that evening at the Earlville Opera House in Earlville, NY at 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets for the concert, visit earlvilleoperahouse.com.


Where’s Waldo

By Lauren Marshall on June 26, 2018

Where’s Waldo? In Hamilton, NY, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over twenty local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners: Flour and Salt Bakery, Hamilton Movie Theater, Oliveri’s Pizzeria, Parry’s, Arts at the Palace, and more!

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Hamilton” passport at the Colgate Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo and his friends have each dropped a precious item in the Colgate Bookstore. These items can be spotted as well. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being an eight-volume set of Waldo books.  There will be a celebration of a great month of Waldo searching at the end-of-the-month Find Waldo Local party on July 31st at 3:30pm in collaboration with the Hamilton Public Library. A special scavenger hunt will start at the Hamilton Public Library and end at the Colgate Bookstore for pizza and prizes.

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 70 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty-one languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo. Participants of Find Waldo Local will have the added fun of searching for items dropped by Waldo’s intrepid traveling companions: Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Hamilton call the Colgate Bookstore at 315-228-6960.

Book Signing with Col. Mark Scureman

By Lauren Marshall on June 13, 2018

Col. Mark Scureman (U.S. Army Ret.), author of “The Boss’s Challenge: Manage Well, Lead Well and Listen” will be on hand to sign books at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:30am – 11:30am.

“The Boss’s Challenge” begins with the premise that many people quit their boss, not their job. The book offers down to earth themes for managers and leaders at all levels to help them understand the complex demands of their position, then gives them the tools to succeed. This is a compelling, entertaining and easy to read book on management and leadership that uses storytelling to engage the reader and illustrate complex ideas.

“Col. Mark Scureman says it all about how to be a great leader! Drawing from both his experiences in the military and business, as well as the most distinguished thinkers on leadership, Scureman has written a jewel: succinct, insightful and, most of all, wise.” – General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe in NATO

Col. Scureman is a graduate of West Point, where he was an All-American athlete. He served in combat as a member of the 101 st Airborne Division in Vietnam, then served in a range of Army command and leadership positions. Mark is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, holds Masters degrees in both Business Administration and Education and has served as a management/leadership consultant and trainer for business and governmental organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Rain Forest Animals from the Utica Zoo

By Lauren Marshall on May 3, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, June 2nd from 11am – 12pm for the Utica Zoomobile: Rain Forest Animals! Meet rain forest reptiles, insects, and a Sumatran Chicken! Free and open to children of all ages.

Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation and recreation. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909.The first building, completed in 1920, is currently named the Wildlife Building and houses the administrative offices, auditorium, reptile exhibits and the zoo’ s kitchen.  In 1981, the Animal Care Center was added to the Wildlife Building for the quarantine and veterinary facilities. The first building made exclusively for animal use was completed in 1927 and still houses the primate collection. Other major exhibits include the Lion exhibit and the California sea lion exhibit (finished in 1986).

33rd Annual Alumni Author Book Signing

By Lauren Marshall on April 30, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, June 2nd at 12:30pm as we host our 33rd Annual Alumni Author Book Signing! Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and autographing.

The following alumni authors will be available for book signings:

Lauren Braun Costello ‘98
Eileen Coffey-Cowley ‘88
Teresa Delgado ‘88
Mark Moyer ‘86
Bernard Resnick ‘83
Bernard Siegel, MD ‘53
Jennifer Smith ’03
Al Yellon ’78


Paul Pinet, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, will also be signing copies of his book, “Shadowed by Deep Time”. His landscape watercolor paintings will be on display on the third floor.