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Three Cheers for 30 Years at Hicklebee’s

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Alli Decker, Publishers Weekly

To commemorate its 30th year in business, Hicklebee’s Children’s Bookstore threw a party last Saturday, and Children’s Bookshelf was there for the celebration.

This past Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the 30th anniversary celebration at Hicklebee’s in San Jose, Calif. A staple in the community, the store is owned and operated by sisters Valerie Lewis and Monica Holmes. Guest after guest told of their own amazing connection to this valuable resource for children’s books. And it was evident from the huge turnout that families and children have cherished this special store, as well as the knowledgeable staff, for over three decades.

And what an amazing bash! The day was jam-packed with events and surprises. Not only were there authors signing books as well as raffles and music, but State Senator Joe Simitian presented Hicklebee’s with the accolade of Small Business of the Year. In a world where many independent bookstores struggle and children’s bookstores have diminished in number, this honor is yet another testimony to the store’s success and local fellowship.

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