Wednesday, July 20, 2011


We're delighted to welcome local author Nancy Roe Pimm to Beehive Books on Thursday, Aug. 4. Nancy will host a free writing workshop for children ages 7 and over from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  This is a great chance for kids to  learn the key elements of writing and play an interactive game to create their own stories.

Nancy is the popular author of two non-fiction books about animals at the Columbus Zoo as well as books on the Indianapolis 500 race and the Dayton 500 race. She has published articles in Highlights for Children, Boys’ Quest and Guideposts for Kids.

In her dynamic workshop “The Seven Steps of Writing,” Pimm will show young writers how to develop memorable characters, create an interesting plot, write effective dialogue and more. After that, kids will gather in small groups to create their own stories and share them with others.

Nancy will sign copies of her books, which include: Colo’s Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla (Colo lives at the Columbus Zoo and is the oldest living gorilla in an American zoo), The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories, The Indy 500: The Inside Track and The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race. The books received Junior Library Guild awards.

A resident of Plain City, Nancy lives with her husband, Ed, a retired professional race car driver. She drew from her experiences as a pit crew member for Ed's team to write her racing books and tapped her experience as a docent for the Columbus Zoo to write about animals. For more details, visit her web site at

To sign up for Nancy's workshop, call us at 740-363-2337. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Kids, get ready to go back to school by sharpening your writing skills and having fun!

Posted by Erin

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Great Summer Read: The Borrower, by Rebecca Makkai

The BorrowerFunny, touching and heartfelt, The Borrower takes you on a journey with two unlikely travelers. Lucy Hull is a 26-year-old children’s librarian adrift in a small Missouri town. Her strongest connection is to a young patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, whose overbearing mother censors his book choices and sends him to anti-gay classes.  At first, Lucy’s rebellion is surreptitious – she checks out beloved children’s books on her own card, then slips them to Ian – but it becomes an act of anarchy when she ends up helping Ian to run away.  The two embark on a crazy car trip, supposedly in search of Ian’s grandmother and funded by Lucy’s mysterious Russian-mafia type father.   All of this could have become just too zany, but Makkai keeps it real by creating memorable, rounded characters that you root for. Makkai has a wonderful ability to blend comedy and pathos.  Lucy and Ian encounter many strange companions and learn important lessons in this tale that draws inspiration from the Wizard of Oz, just one of the many literary references in the book.  It’s a winning first novel for author Rebecca Makkai, who lives in Chicago and may make a stop at Beehive Books this fall if we can convince her to take a road trip of her own.  

By: Erin

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Outdoor Film Series Friday 7/8 @ 9:30pm

Watch a film
with your community
in your community
about community.

The first in the (socially-conscious) Outdoor Film Series
We’ll be screening the film
The Economics of Happiness
outside behind Beehive Books.

For more about the film, go to

Bring a chair or blanket & a friend, or 2, or 5!