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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.

Holiday Open House

By Lauren Marshall on November 3, 2016

holiday-open-house_1It’s never too early to shop for the holidays! On Friday November 18th, the village of Hamilton is hosting a Holiday Open House. Participating Hamilton stores will be open late to kick off the holiday season with refreshments and giveaways.

Here at the bookstore, we will have locally made refreshments and cider, plus you can enter to win a $50 store gift certificate! Stop in any time from 9am – 8pm. Happy shopping!

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.

Free Makeup Consultations

By Lauren Marshall on June 10, 2016

Back due to popular demand! Get one-on-one consultations with makeup artist Lisa Kenyon on June 18, 2016.13268491_10154178289713497_5244947557496021880_o

Learn how to find the right colors for your skin tone, easy eye makeup application, contouring, highlighting, skin care, and other pro tips and techniques.

All Smashbox Cosmetics will be 40% off. There will be two sessions, with personal consultations every 15 minutes. The first session will be from 10am – 12pm, and the second session from 1pm – 3pm.

Benefits of Drinking Tea

By Lauren Marshall on March 18, 2016

12802879_10153976214428497_4877591422654565925_nHere at the bookstore, we are thrilled to carry a brand new line of delicious teas from The Republic of Tea. Tea has always been a favorite of ours, but did you know that there are many heath perks to indulging in a cup of tea? Here are a few benefits that we’ve gathered.

Tea protects your bones. Tea contains many beneficial phytochemicals. Studies have found people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones.

Tea contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from aging, build your immune system

Tea doesn’t have any calories. If you do not add any sweetener or milk, tea is calorie-free. If you’re looking for a delicious, calorie-free drink, tea is the way to go.

Tea gives you a beautiful smile. Without sugar, tea contains fluoride that helps keep the plaque away. So drinking unsweetened tea (plus daily flossing and brushing!) will lead to healthier teeth and gums.

Christmas Traditions From Around the World

By Lauren Marshall on December 18, 2015

Christmas-GiftsAll around the world, Christmas is honored with local traditions and celebrations. Every country has their own unique history of festivities that focus on many different aspects of the nativity story.

But regardless of our celebrations, we all share in the wonderful magic and joy of the Christmas season. Here are a few holiday traditions we’ve gathered from around the world:


In Australia, the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Farenheit on Christmas day. The most popular event of the Christmas season is called Carols by Candlelight. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside.


Unlike Australia, it is cold, wet, and foggy in England at Christmastime. Children write a letter to Father Christmas with their wishes and toss their letter into the fire so their wishes can go up the chimney. After the children fall asleep on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas comes to visit.


Ukrainians prepare for Christmas with a traditional twelve-course meal. A family’s youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin.


Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas on St. Nicholas Day on December 6. Sinterklaas is a kindly bishop. He wears red robes and a tall, pointed mitre on his head. Sinterklaas travels by ship from Spain to Amsterdam’s harbor every winter. He brings his white horse and a huge sack full of gifts for the children. Families celebrate St. Nicholas Eve at home with lots of good food, hot chocolate, and a letterbanket, a “letter cake” made in the shape of the first letter of the family’s last name.


In Mexico, they decorate their homes with lilies and evergreens during the Christmas season. Family members cut intricate designs in brown paper bags to make lanterns, or farolitos. They place a candle inside and then set the farolitos along sidewalks, on windowsills, and on rooftops and outdoor walls to illuminate the community with the spirit of Christmas.



New at the Bookstore: Downton Abbey collectibles!

By Lauren Marshall on August 21, 2015

037f9708555b92d1e3fa2ece7cf27a8aDownton Abbey…the object of almost as much fascination as the Harry Potter books.

The period drama, which debuted in the US in 2011, was the highest rated cable or broadcast show when its third series finale aired in February this year, reaching 12.3 million viewers and becoming the most popular drama in the history of the Public Broadcasting Service.

It has a remarkably wide appeal. Even celebrities are obsessed with it – from the late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon to the country star Reba McEntire, fans everywhere love this timeless British classic.

And here at the bookstore, we are no exception. That’s why we have a new display of Downton Abbey home décor, aprons, books and so much more!

Stop by to find the perfect gift for the Downton fan in your life!



By Lauren Marshall on January 13, 2015

Imagination Imag·i·na·tion: 

: the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced

: the ability to think of new things

: something that only exists or happens in your mind


Where would we be without our imaginations? Every new and original thought comes from our own personal land of make believe.

 And the world of make believe is a magical place. It’s a world where children and grown-ups alike dream up new ideas, sparked through creative play.

 So come play with us in our Imagination Station, where we have over 500 unique toys, all hand selected to stimulate imagination and creativity. We have something for all the buddings physicists, engineers, artists, and future world travelers.

Stop on by, and find out what sparks your imagination.

The sky’s the limit!

Visit our new Imagination Station, a specialty toy store

By Kate Reynolds on November 12, 2014

We are pleased to introduce Imagination Station, our new specialty toy store! While we’ve had jigsaw puzzles and activity kits from Klutz for a while, we’ve greatly expanded our offerings and redecorated the store to match. We’ve combined timeless toys like yo-yos, balsa gliders and Scrabble with modern classic games like Quirkle, Bananagrams and Tenzi.

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Free shipping offer runs through December 31

By Colgate Bookstore on November 10, 2014

Just a quick note that we are now offering free shipping for any purchase made on colgatebookstore.com.  Just use promo code FREE14 at checkout to take advantage of free standard UPS ground shipping.  This great deal runs through December 31, 2014.

Happy shopping!