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August 22nd – 25th: Closed with curbside pick-up!

By Lauren Marshall on August 18, 2020

On Saturday, August 22nd through Tuesday August 25th, the Colgate Bookstore will be closed to in-store traffic. We will be offering curbside pick-up for web & phone orders from 10am – 5pm.

Here’s how it works:

You can order on our website: Shop www.colgatebookstore.com and select FREE curbside pick-up* at checkout. You can arrange for curbside pick-up and we’ll bring your bags out to your car or you can arrange to pick-up your order at our Utica St doors. Details regarding pick-up will be sent to you after your purchase is complete.

You can also order by phone. Call 877-362-7666, pay over the phone, and arrange for curbside pick-up*. Details regarding pick-up will be arranged with you after your purchase is complete.

(*Excludes textbooks)

Holiday Open House

By Lauren Marshall on October 18, 2018

It’s never too early to shop for the holidays! On Friday, November 16th, 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.

We will be open from 9am -7pm, and our entire gift wing, all toys, and select holiday ornaments will be 20% off, all day long. We will have locally made refreshments and cider. Happy shopping!

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!

A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison: Reading & Talk

By Lauren Marshall on April 25, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Wednesday, June 27th at 6pm for a reading and presentation of “A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” by Joanne Shenandoah and Rebekah Presson Mosby. The presentation will include music by Joanne Shenandoah, followed by a question and answer session with light refreshments.

“A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” is the compelling story of a colonial girl who was captured by Shawnees in 1755 at the outset of the French and Indian War. Mary Jemison, aged 12 at the time, was adopted by two Seneca women and spent the rest of her long life (she lived to be 90) with the Iroquois. She married two Native men and had eight children with them. When she was 80 her story was taken down by James E. Seaver, a minister and amateur historian.

Jemison’s life was filled with adventure and tribulation. When captured, her parents and siblings were killed, a tragedy that haunted her all her life; nevertheless, she came to love her Seneca family. Years later, when offered chances to return to her former home, she chose to stay with her Native family. She lived during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and had hair-raising stories to tell about war, as well as charming and even funny stories about peace time. She lived to see horrific war time brutality and to see three of her sons murdered, two of them by a brother; to be swindled by land speculators, a man posing as a long-lost white relation, and eventually to become a wealthy woman possessing thousands of acres of land in western New York State.

Jemison was named “Digewamis” by her Seneca family but was known as “The White Woman” by all. Hers is one of the great stories in American history.

Joanne Shenandoah, Wolf Clan Oneida, is a Grammy award-winning and internationally known composer and performer whose ancestor, Chief Shenandoah, would likely have known Mary Jemison. Joanne is a member of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). Shenandoah’s passionate reading conveys the power of Mary Jemison’s story. “Some of the scenes were hard to read,” says Shenandoah, “At the same time I learned a great deal about an era in our history which was both troubling and challenging”.

The book is on 3 CDs and produced and directed by Rebekah Presson Mosby, who provides an introduction. DougGeorge-Kanentiio (Mohawk) is technical advisor and James Wunderlich at Orbital Sound the audio producer.

“A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” is available both on CD and as an audio download.

Taking on Lucinda Book Launch

By Lauren Marshall on February 16, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, April 14th at 1:30pm for a book signing and presentation by local author and veterinarian Frank Martorana. The cruelty of dog fighting, veganism vs. a meat inclusive diet, the credibility of veterinarians who enjoy hunting, and even the very notion of pet ownership, are hot button topics Frank Martorana weaves into his new novel, Taking on Lucinda. And it all happens while the reader enjoys a wild ride, as protagonist veterinarian, Kent Stephenson, battles to protect the people and animals in his town from a cult that thrives on all that animal lovers despise.

Dr. Martorana says, “My primary goal was to write a page-turner, with all the requisite arson, murder, and mayhem, but I also wanted it to shed a good light on our profession. By the time I looked up, I had a three-book series, The Kent Stephenson Thrillers.” (Books number two and three are complete and currently in production.)

“Martorana produces a compelling story starring an engaging hero…descriptions are strong. Both sides of the animal rights controversy are well-presented. A vet with investigative chops and his loyal coonhound make an appealing duo in this original story.” — Kirkus Reviews

Chopped Cooking Competition: For Kids

By Lauren Marshall on January 9, 2018

Young fans of the popular Food Network TV series Chopped can test their budding culinary skills on Saturday, February 17th at the Colgate Bookstore. They will race against the clock to master the secret ingredients and win prizes! The fun begins at 10:30am in the 3rd floor events room, but contestants are asked to arrive at 10:15am.

6 teams of 3 will present their masterpieces to a panel of judges who will critique them according to creativity and presentation. Three of these teams will advance to the final challenge and the chance to win prizes!

This competition is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children of all ages are invited to cheer on their favorite chef! Contestant slots are limited so please pre-register by emailing lcassulis@colgate.edu or texting 315-228-7480 with the name, age and contact info for the contestant. Those who pre-register will receive a special mystery gift! Depending on pre-registration, some spots may be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

32nd Annual Alumni Authors Book Signing

By Lauren Marshall on May 17, 2017

Please join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, June 3rd at 12:30pm as we host a variety of Colgate authors for readings and signings on the first floor. This event is open to the general public. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing.

Authors include: Kathryn Bertine (1997), Linda Buchanan (1977), Edwin Garrubbo (1987), Katie O’Sullivan (1987), Lang Hatcher (1954) and Mel Watkins (1962).

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.