To our friends and customers:

After 28 amazing years in our beloved literary ecosystem, the time for change has arrived. Faced with the ever-challenging ecology of brick-and-mortar book selling, we must adapt and evolve. We are grateful to our loyal customers for your positive energies, story time zeal, and support of independent businesses that make communities like Oakley special. Without you, our mission to provide a sanctuary of imagination and togetherness for children and families celebrating the ritual of reading would not be possible. It is this mission that inspired my wife Sandy and me to revive and reinvent the former Blue Marble in 2001, and fueled by the same passion we will do so again, joined by an amazing and dedicated team of booksellers and ManaTeers, many of whom have been with us through changes massive and mini.

And so...with a combination of ennui and excitement, we officially announce that blue manatee is not closing, but moving! Like our role models, real manatees, the move is mellow, literally just upriver, to a brand new building at 3094 Madison, next to our friends at Sleepy Bee Cafe. In this reimagined space, we plan to redouble our focus on providing the best in children's books hand-picked by experts in children's literature and early brain development, hands-on "unplugged" toys and creative/cuddly things, in a truly unique, magical space for children and their grownups. Given a smaller footprint, events will be meaningful and energized yet intimate (some involving delicious food nearby), and in collaboration with community partners.

We appreciate your support and positivity during this difficult process, and look forward to adventures and successes to come. We also express a most heartfelt thank you to our neighbors on Kids Row, especially our longtime, kindly landlord, the Aglamesis family. We will miss you! Questions are welcome at contact@bluemanateebooks.com, and again, thank you for supporting independent bookstores and the mission of shared reading.

Dr. John Hutton, ManateeMD

P.S. Yes, we will be preserving the autograph walls. :)


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Little Ninja Story Time

Sat. January 28th @ 11:00-12:00

Join us for a very special "Little Ninja Story Time" featuring our special guests from Cincinnati Taekwondo Center! We'll be reading some of our favorite ninja titles, followed by a demonstration and an interactive experience learning basic moves! Let's get our inner ninjas moving!
- A FREE story time event

- Best for ages 4-8

- Space is limited to the first 12 children. Please call 731.2665 by January 23 to reserve your spot.

Make A Mess!

Mon. February 6th @ 10:00-11:00

Join Ms. Anne to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child's creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child. 

-$10/child, ages 2-4

-Register your 2-4 year old by calling 731.2665, or by stopping by the store.

-Please register by the Friday before the Make-A-Mess you would like to attend.

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day!

Fri. February 10th @ 11:00-12:00

Have you ever spilled a glass of milk and were told not to cry over it? Have you ever seen silly images in that spilled milk? Join us today as we read the wonderful story, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, by Charles G. Shaw and make our way over to the craft tables to create our own "spilt milk" projects!

- Best for ages 3-5.

- Call 513.731.2665 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Great Migration Sale!

Mon. February 13th

President's Day Fun!

Mon. February 20th @ 2:00-3:00

Join us today as we celebrate our presidents! Let's read a few favorites on the subject, take a look at the famous faces on our currency and create our own "Kid Coins". They may not be useful in the real world, but they'll be perfect for play at home!
- $3.00
- Best for ages 4-7
- Call 731.2665 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Mon. February 27th @ 11:30-12:30

Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? Today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day! We'd love for you to join us for some reading of fairy tales and kissing of frogs. Well... we're just kidding about the kissing of the frogs, but not about the fun we'll have reading our favorite fairy tales and creating beanstalks that will reach to the castle in the sky!
-Best for ages 3-5
-Call 731.2665 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.