I am so very excited and proud to introduce everyone here to Kim Krug the owner of Monkey See Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore. I can not say enough how absolutely AMAZING it is inside this bookstore, truly walking in is like walking into a magical reading jungle with loads of books and gorgeous murals on the walls, all nestled on a gorgeous piece of property in beautiful Clarence NY. Tomorrow is the GRAND OPENING please be sure to come by and check it out. There will be lots of FREE events all day for adults and children, you don’t want to miss it. I will also be there from 10 till about 1 unveiling my 2 summer mini session dates and details. You certainly do not want to miss out on those either. . .lets just say its definately the best deal YET!
Without further delay. . .Monkey See Monkey Do & Kim Krug!
So tell us a little bit about “Monkey See Monkey Do” for those readers not familiar with it yet.
Monkey See, Monkey Do is a new, independent children’s bookstore. Our mission is to foster a love of reading, spark curiosity and imagination, encourage independent thinking and promote healthy, active lifestyles for children of all ages!
Its fun-filled setting provides a learning adventure for all! From babies to young adults, parents and grandparents, we strive to select thoughtful books. I love our tagline….the little bookstore with BIG ideas because it’s what we are all about. It’s not just a place to buy books and leave – I want to provide an interactive experience where we read, learn, grow and share in this development as a community.
What about your job do you like most?
Being able to connect with people through literature and creative programming. Sharing a passion of learning with children, families and young adults. It is truly rewarding to provide a service to our community in which we can all behalf. Through our little store, I hope to inspire children and provide opportunities in reading to those less fortunate.
How did you get started?
Desire. I had a strong desire, after having three little ones of our own, to open a children’s business that provided families a place to connect, learn and grow. I wanted to share with our own children a love of reading and learning creatively and the importance of finding your own purpose and following your dreams.
What are your favorite children’s books?
Absolute favorite: CURIOUS GEORGE! I loved monkeys….and still do. I love how playful, mischievous and inquisitive George was in all of his many adventures….
Tell us a bit more about why reading is so important with children!
I believe it’s a wonderful way to connect with our children – reading books together. For children, it opens their mind and imagination. One of my favorite quotes (which you will find in the store) is by Jane Evershed:
To write is to influence
To Influence is to change
To change is to live. “
Where can we find you (website, blog, location)?
You can find me monkeying around at our beautiful new home – 9060 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031. Our website address is MonkeysRead.com and I am on Twitter and Facebook – still LEARNING these forums!
Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share with readers?
MANY! Our Grand Opening is set for June 13, 2009 10-5pm – several authors, artisans, musicians and other talented individuals will be participating in the day’s events. Storytimes and bookclubs begin in June and our summer program schedule will be available shortly – art classes, kids yoga, literary circles, summer reading camps, writing workshops and young authors clubs are just to name a few!
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t at Monkey See Monkey Do?
Spending time with my family – we love the water and beach! I also love to run, read, cook and garden.