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New: Patagonia

By Lauren Marshall on April 21, 2017

We are proud to announce that the Colgate Bookstore has become one of the premier collegiate retailers of Patagonia! This is a very exciting opportunity for us to continue to provide you with the highest quality apparel from a leading brand.

We carry a range of colors and styles in both men’s and women’s to meet everyone’s needs. In-store only.

New: Colgate Cornhole

By Lauren Marshall on April 7, 2017

With warmer weather (hopefully!) coming soon, we are excited to announce a new Colgate twist on a classic summer game: Colgate Cornhole!

We have two Colgate Cornhole sets available at the bookstore – the traditional, heavyweight outdoor version, and a smaller, tabletop version for indoor parties and events. 

If you haven’t played Cornhole before, or don’t remember the rules of play, read on!

Find a nice flat surface on your backyard, in a parking lot, the beach, etc. Set up your boards directly facing each other with 27 feet between the front edges of each board. Cornhole can be played with 2 or 4 players. Pick which side of the board you’ll throw from. Pick your bags (4 for each team) and get ready to play!

Decide who goes first, then take turns throwing bags with your opponent. Your feet may not go past the front edge of the board. If they do, a foul is called and you get pelted with Cornhole bags. Also, a tossed bag may not touch the ground. If it hits the ground and bounces up on the board, remove it before any other bags are thrown. If it’s hanging off the board and touching the ground, remove that as well. When all 8 bags have been tossed to the other side, add up the score (see scoring below). If you earned the most points in that single round, your team will throw first in the next round.

Scoring is simple. After all bags have been thrown, a bag remaining on the board is worth 1 point. A bag that went in the hole is worth 3 points. Add up how many points you earned and compare them to your opponents. Equal points cancel each other out so that only one team can score per round. A game is won when a team reaches 21 points with a lead of 2 or more points. The first team to win 2 games wins the match.

Want to impress your friends and family? Check out these essential Cornhole terms.

Woody, Boarder: A bag that ends up on the board.

Cornhole, Holer, Corn in the Hole: A bag that ends up in the hole.

Dos Cornhole’s: Throwing two bags in the hole.

Holy Moly Triple Cornholy: Throwing 3 bags in the hole.

The Great Cornholio: A person that throws 4 bags in the hole. All present are required to bow down in reverence to this cornholer.

Get that corn outta my face!: A term used whenever you successfully counteract your opponent’s attempt to score. For example, when you put a bag in the hole immediately after your opponent does or when you successfully knock your opponent’s bag off the board.

Corn On The Cob: When a player puts every bag on the board.

Nothin’ But Corn: When a bag is tossed right through the hole without touching the board.

Seuss Saturday 2017

By Lauren Marshall 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.

2/10: One Day Only Colgate Sale

By Lauren Marshall on January 27, 2017


Show your love for Colgate and shop our ONE DAY ONLY store wide sale! On February 10th, everything in-store and online will be 13% off (some exclusions do apply.)


Plus, we’re introducing The Colgate Bundle! For a limited time, you can get two t-shirts and a hooded sweatshirt for only $39.99 (valued at $75). Don’t miss this great event! The bookstore will be open from 9am – 5:30pm.

Harry and Snowman: With Jennifer Dahlman Gurney

By Lauren Marshall on November 30, 2016


Don’t miss this great event! On Friday, December 9th, come to the Colgate Bookstore to hear Jennifer Dahlman Gurney, the stepdaughter of Harry deLeyer at 4pm. We will also have a limited supply of the book, “The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation” by Elizabeth Letts available for purchase.


Then head over to the Hamilton Movie Theater for a special screening of HARRY & THE SNOWMAN at 5:30pm. Tickets are available online here: http://hamiltontheater.net/

Banned Books Week (September 25th – October 1st)

By Lauren Marshall on September 23, 2016

diversity-banner-website-780x300-v1Banned Books Week (September 25th – October 1st) is a nationwide celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country take this week to draw attention to the problem of censorship.

Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug, and has been held during the last week of September ever since. More than 11,300 books have been challenged or banned since 1982 according to the American Library Association.

While many books continue to be banned even today, Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that the majority of censored books have still remained available. This is due to the efforts of librarians, community members, teachers and students who stand up for the freedom to read.

This year’s Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity. We encourage you to expand your reading horizons and check out a banned book at your local library or independent bookstore.

Because we read banned books.

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

By Lauren Marshall on September 16, 2016

4ed92fede35b8f8b55c14cece3a24c60Join Pete the Cat at the bookstore on October 22nd at 10:30am as we read the brand-new story about Pete and his friends! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a cupcake party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing. Who could have taken them? rbvahfqqeuoaf2zqaajmnfe4rlw315

In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind.

Story time will be followed by crafts, and – of course – cupcakes! This event is free and open to children of all ages.

Thought Into Action: Traditions

By Lauren Marshall on September 9, 2016

We are excited to carry a new unnamed-5product: Colgate University bracelets! Student Mike Vitale (’19) is the founder of “Traditions”. Check out their mission statement below.

“With Purpose” only begins to define the attitude we share in designing unique, inspiring clothing and accessories for college campuses nationwide.  Our team is made up of ambitious Colgate students, not the world’s most renowned fashionistas or trademark designers, in order to ensure that we don’t simply slap a school logo onto the fabric that’s been laying around in a massive warehouse for ages.

On the contrary, we custom create from our own ingenuity the pieces in each school’s collection, with a focus on the symbols, stories and traditions that make each 12196110_907890099280481_8546086032136519250_nuniversity undeniably special in their own right.  Our mission as a lifestyle brand is to fill the needs of each individual bookstore when the big box companies won’t deliver.  In addition, we aim to branch out our network as a students for students company, whereas a percentage of the profits made from Traditions will be placed into the well suited hands of Financial Aid at each respective school, to pay it forward when someone affiliated with the university chooses to purchase from our brand.  Today, we ask YOU to begin Dressing With Purpose, starting with Traditions.

Hamilton Public Library Day: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time

By Lauren Marshall on August 11, 2016

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On September 24th, join the Colgate Bookstore in celebrating Hamilton Public Library Day! To honor the valuable contributions of libraries and librarians and the unique ability they have to transform lives, 13% of this day’s sales will be donated back to the Hamilton Public Library. Through this collaboration of local business and public service, the bookstore aims to raise awareness of the importance and joy of reading while supporting both community cornerstones.

Kicking the day off in the bookstore’s third floor events room at 10:30am, there will be a “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” story time with two special guests – a guest reader from the library, Cathi Brewer, and the hungry caterpillar himself! Story time will be followed by snacks, games, crafts, and giveaways. This event is free, and open to children of all ages.

World Elephant Day

By Lauren Marshall on August 5, 2016
(ALL INTERNAL, LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS) Elephant in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, East Africa. Photo credit: © Robyn Gianni

 Elephant in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, East Africa. Photo credit: © Robyn Gianni

August 12th is World Elephant Day! Stop by the bookstore and enjoy free grown-up coloring pages celebrating the beauty of elephants! 13% of the day’s sales will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

We will have unique coloring pages on August 12th that feature an African and an Asian elephant holding the world together. So grab all your pencil crayons, markers or paint and join the challenge! Ignite your inner creativity and color your ‪#‎EleeDraw‬, then share your creation on Instagram with the hashtag #Eleedraw and #WorldElephantDay!

Check out the 2015 Canadian documentary film “When Elephants Were Young”, directed by World Elephant Day co-founder Patricia Sims and narrated by William Shatner. Playing at the Hamilton Movie Theater August 10th – August 14th.

World Elephant Day has been created to bring the world together to help elephants. It is a day to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival.

We’re calling on animal lovers around the world to rally support for some real-life Ranger Dogs in Kenya that help protect elephants from ivory poachers.

HRD Mutt-Credit David Porras_optBeginning on August 12 you’ll be able to turn your own pet into an Honorary Ranger Dog at this page, Nature.org/RangerDogs. It’ll be simple: Upload a photo, dress up your dog with ranger-themed “stickers,” click submit, and then share your canine hero in social media.

Your Honorary Ranger Dog will help create buzz to attract people to an online fundraiser where a donor can get “treats” for helping us provide three Ranger Dogs with their most essential needs for a full year, including food, medical care, security gear and basic expenses for human rangers that care for them.