Colgate Bookstore announces special fall events

Sept. 13, 2019: Colgate Day

We invite you to join us Sept. 13, 2019, as we celebrate the history of our great university. Enjoy special savings and deals all day long at the Colgate Bookstore. The entire store will be 13 percent off (some exclusions apply).

Every Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Colgate University. But did you ever wonder just why Colgate Day is so special?

Well, in 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with 13 dollars, 13 prayers and 13 articles. During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become known as Colgate University.

That’s not our only reason to celebrate the number 13. The university’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Our zip code is 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13.

Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “For God and For Truth.”

So this superstitious number has a very special meaning on our campus. And in honor of this tradition, every Friday the 13th is declared “Colgate Day.”

Sept. 21: Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party

On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 a.m., meet Pete the Cat at the Colgate Bookstore for the perfect pizza party. Pizza, games and crafts will follow story time. This event is free and open to children of all ages.

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean comes another groovy Pete the Cat adventure—and this time, he’s making pizza.

Pete has huge plans for a perfect pizza party with his friends. What’s more perfect than a pepperoni pizza?

But his friends have other plans—they want to add their favorite toppings to the pizza. They suggest everything from pickles to papaya. Will Pete still be able to have his perfect pizza party?

In the 13th Pete the Cat picture book, Pete learns a thing or two about compromise in this fun, cumulative romp of a story. Perfect for the classroom, this book teaches children about alliteration, foods and friendship all in one.

Sept. 24: Book-to-Movie Club: Crazy Rich Asians

Back by popular demand, the Colgate Bookstore is starting up the Book-to-Movie Club in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library. We will be featuring Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

Here’s how it will work:

Read the book (you’ll receive a specially discounted price if you purchase the book at the bookstore).

Head over to the Hamilton Public Library for a free dinner and movie (dinner will be sponsored by a local restaurant).

Then, discuss the book and movie. No membership is required.

The first meeting of the Book-to-Movie Club will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

About Crazy Rich Asians: Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.

Oct. 22: Book signing with Kwasi Konad

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m., Kwasi Konad will present his book, Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation at the Colgate Bookstore. Konadu centers Kofi Dɔnkɔ’s life story and experiences in a communography of Dɔnkɔ’s community and nation from the late 19th century through the end of the 20th, which were shaped by historical forces from colonial Ghana’s cocoa boom to decolonization and political and religious parochialism.

Kwasi Konadu is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University and the author and editor of several books, including The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics, also published by Duke University Press and Transatlantic Africa, 1440–1888.

Copies of his book will be available for signing and purchase.

“Kwasi Konadu has written an important book for understanding social change at the local level in Ghana. His emphasis on spirituality, healing, and education among the Bono people is a model for people-centered histories of African societies.” — Benjamin Talton, author of Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality

“Kwasi Konadu grounds the transformations in West African societies in ways that allow Kofi Dᴐnkᴐ to serve as a counterpoint to mainstream representations that take the perspective of Christianized, modernizing individuals on the coast. Dᴐnkᴐ was an everyday person in some ways, and exceptional in others, making his life a productive window through which to understand culture, experience, and worldview. This is an innovative and outstanding book.” — Trevor R. Getz, author of A Primer for Teaching African History: Ten Design Principles

Oct. 31: Fourth annual Halloween in Hamilton

Join us as we celebrate our fourth annual village-wide Halloween in Hamilton Thursday, Oct. 31. Enjoy a Scooby-Doo 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 3 to 4 p.m., head over to the Colgate Bookstore (3 Utica St.) for a Scooby-Doo party. Solve a mystery Scooby-Doo style while munching on Scooby Snacks.

Then join the costume parade down Lebanon Street from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Local shops will hand out treats as the children parade through town. Lebanon Street will be closed for traffic from 4 to 4:30 p.m. for safety. Special thanks to Colgate University men’s soccer, women’s hockey and men’s and women’s tennis, who will chaperon the children across the downtown streets.

Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Hamilton Movie Theater (7 Lebanon St.) will play the 2008 film, “Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King” (75 minutes) for free, sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy must go into the underworld ruled by the Goblin King in order to stop a mortal named The Amazing Krudsky who wants power and is a threat to their pals, Fred, Velma and Daphne. The Hamilton Public Library will have kids’ activities available under the theater marquee before the movie.

After the movie, head out through the village of Hamilton for a night of safe, fun trick-or-treating.

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