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Shannon Watts at Byrd's Books
This event is full- to get on the waiting list plaease call the store (203) 730-2973. On September 19th we welcome Shannon Watts as she tells us the inspiring story of how one mom’s urgent mission to protect children and end gun violence became a movement supported by millions. An author event not to be missed as she discusses her new book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World (Foreword by Julianne Moore).
On the morning of December 14, 2012, Shannon Watts was folding laundry when news broke about a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Outraged, heartbroken, and overwhelmed by a need to act, she discovered there was no gun violence prevention equivalent to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. So, the stay-at-home mother of five founded Moms Demand Action, a grassroots effort that has grown into a national organization with millions of supporters and local chapters in all 50 states.
Along with her observations and wisdom, Watts shares moving messages of perseverance, courage, and compassion, and outlines the core mantras and principles that Moms Demand Action has used to battle the NRA and the intimidating tactics they employ to prevent gun safety progress. Bringing activism into the everyday, Fight Like a Mother will inspire anyone motivated to work for change and channel their values into action.
Shannon Watts will donate a majority of the books' proceeds to nonprofits—like Everytown for Gun Safety—that are working to end gun violence.
Author event on September 19th at 7.
Bookmark Contest -now through May 31st
Every year during the month of May we have a summer bookmark contest. Kids and adults design a bookmark of a book they love. We have guest judges choose a winner and runner-up in each of five categories/age groups - then we print 100 each of the winning bookmarks.
The five winners get a $25 gift certificate to Byrd's Books and 25 of their bookmark to give away. We keep the rest. Honorable mentions get a $10 gift certificate.
We use our copies of the bookmarks to give out all summer long!
We are going to start the contest now and go through the month of May, so you have plenty of time. There is one submission per person, and teachers may use them with students, we just need the completed entries by May 31st. Instructions for submitting them are on the entry form. We cannot wait to see your favorite books in art!