Martha Merrell’s Community Involvement

Martha Merrell’s Books is a community-minded independent bookstore, meaning that we host, participate, or are involved in many community events.

Examples of the depth of our commitment to Waukesha and the community include:

Event and Community

  • Waukesha Downtown Business Association
  • Waukesha Friday Night Live
  • ProHealth Care RiverWalk for Breast Cancer, 1st Saturday in May each year
  • Alzheimer’s Walk, 1st Saturday in September each year
  • Waukesha’s Friday Night After Dark Music Series (indoor music from October – December)
  • Downtown Trick or Treating on the Saturday before Halloween
  • Holiday Stroll featuring Author Mania (before the Christmas Parade)
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Silver Bells activities during the Christmas season
  • Santa’s Breakfast Workshop on Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas
  • Art Crawls on the 1st Saturday in March, May, August, October & December
  • Waukesha JanBoree

Other Community 

  • Waukesha Farmers’ Market on the RiverWalk
  • Waukesha GuitarTown Project (a public art project with Gibson Guitar Company)
  • Waukesha County Reading Council
  • Waukesha Reads Program each October
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

If at all possible, we try to be supportive of any proposals brought to our attention.

Norm and Eve Bruce

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WISCONSIN ✅! Totally worth the 9 hour drive! We started off strong going to a Milwaukee Bucks game! It was a nail biter game but the Bucks won, and we were on the big screen!

Day 2 we went to The Potter's Shop and we each made our own “wall pockets”, we all enjoyed this! Followed by a visit to Waukeshas only Independent Bookstore, Martha Merrell's Books and right across the street was the yummiest candy shop, Allô! Chocolat!

Day 3 we got to explore the coolest cave that is over 400 million years old, Cave of the Mounds. Some areas were a pretty tight fit for Jeff! The story behind how the cave was discovered is fascinating! Followed by an evening at the Waukesha Civic Theatre to watch local artist perform in Song for a New World!

Day 4 was a BeYOUtiful day for the BeYOUtiful Half Marathon & 5K. Despite looking at the time wrong and showing up 20 minutes late, we still had a great time. Jeff, Kristen, and JT all took 2nd place in their age groups. Jt also won a chocolate gift basket!

After that we did some shopping at the local farmers market and had a drink at a local bar! We will definitely have to come back for more Bucks games!
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✅ Wisconsin - 5/8/21 - BeYOUtiful Half Marathon & 5K

✅ Maryland - 4/11/21 - 2021 Care Packages at Carderock 5k, 10k, & Half

✅ Delaware - 4/10/21 - Operation Rabbit Run & Bunny Hop Community Event

✅ Kentucky - 3/7/20 - Lucky Leprechaun 5k

✅ Texas - 7/18/19 - Trinity 5000 Series

✅ Ohio - 7/12/19 - Super Hero 5k

✅ Missouri - 6/15/19 - Fathers Day 4 Mile

✅ South Dakota - 5/18/19 - Remember the Fallen 5K

✅ Kansas - 4/27/19 - TBird Trot 5K

✅ Oklahoma - 4/6/19 - Aquarium Run 5K

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UPCOMING RACES:

New York - July 24th - Chocolate Challenge 3.1

Michigan - July 31st - Running to Honor 5k

Arizona - November 6th - Grand Canyon Trail 5k

Nevada - February 26th 2022 - Rock and Roll on The Strip
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Recognizing some special people in our lives........

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK continues through Friday, May 7th
educators receive 25% off classroom purchases

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK is May 6 - 12
nurses receive a 10% discount on their purchases

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND.....May 8 & 9
Moms receive a 15% discount on their purchases
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Fiction lovers......a feast of popular titles have arrived!

BRAND-NEW from Paula McLain (author of The Paris Wife as well as Love and Ruin) WHEN THE STARS GO DARK

Just released as paperbacks:
THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel
HER LAST FLIGHT by Beatriz Williams
SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid
A CHILDREN'S BIBLE by Lydia Millet
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes
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After visiting Waukesha Farmers' Market this morning or during Waukesha Art Crawl this afternoon/evening, stop by Martha Merrell's Books for these 1-DAY ONLY SALES:

Calendars 40% off
Gardening and cookbooks 20% off
Fiesta or Ganz plush 30% off
Ganz decorative items/gifts 20% off
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Just a heartfelt note of deep appreciation for all the customers who have been a part of our 27-year history of owning Martha Merrell's Books. We have many warm memories from Friday Night Live, the Harry Potter Festivals and the many occasions where we could help with worthwhile causes and activities.
Many of you made a point of stopping in yesterday during Independent Bookstore Day. Thank you!
Despite the health or financial challenges of the past year, customers have continued to shop here. We know that the effects of the pandemic are long-term and that a bookstore is not a necessity such as mortgage or rent payments or buying groceries. That makes us doubly grateful each time the door opens and a customer comes in to shop.
Our warmest wishes for your good health and happiness......
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Readers and writers are essential components of a thriving society that is both literate and creative. Our intention has always been to help both flourish in the communities where we have lived and worked.

Karen, you are certainly correct about our store having a variety of things besides books. We try to listen to what customers tell us they would like to have available in the store as well as reflect on items that make a connection with the books that we have on our shelves. Realizing that not everyone is a reader, we look for other options that engage our brains or expand our horizons in this journey called life.

That means a lot to us. We will make every effort to be deserving of your support.

We are trying our best to be flexible while meeting the needs of our customers safely. With warmer weather coming and vaccines being available, let's hope for the best......

Hugs to you, Eve! Thanks for supporting local authors!

Thank you so much for everything you do!! I can't wait to see what 2021 has in store!

We appreciate you!!

I love having a local bookstore that is also a variety of other things too!!

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Books now available in our children's areas:

THANK YOU, TEACHER by Eric Carle (and the Very Hungry Caterpillar)
BECAUSE OF YOU, DAD by Kobi Yamada
THRILLING TALES FROM THE TREE HOUSE by Max Brallier (part of The Last Kids on Earth series)
ELLIE TAMES THE TIGER by Callie Barkley (newest title in The Critter Club series)
THE SINGER AND THE SCIENTIST by Lisa Rose (a biography of Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein's friendship)
WORDS TO LOVE BY by Rick Warren

Martha Merrell's Books is open seven days a week in Downtown Waukesha.
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Have a graduation coming up? Here's the perfect gift:

DEAR GRAD Words of Wisdom and Encouragement
for Your Next Journey
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Brand-new releases from two blockbuster authors:

A GAMBLING MAN by David Baldacci

SOOLEY by John Grisham

Stop in this weekend at Martha Merrell's Books to pick them up!
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Need a book suggestion for a gift?

For a book lover: BOOK NERD by Holly Maguire
For a day brightener: YOU ARE POSITIVELY AWESOME by Stacie Swift
For Mother's Day: A BOOK ABOUT MOM with words and pictures by ME
BECAUSE OF YOU, MOM by Kobi Yamada
For Father's Day: A BOOK ABOUT DAD with words and pictures by ME
BECAUSE OF YOU, DAD by Kobi Yamada

You will find a variety of choices available for your special person here at Martha Merrell's Books in Downtown Waukesha.
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New adult novels that just arrived for some great weekend reading:

SUNFLOWER SISTERS by Martha Hall Kelly (historical fiction with an ancestor/relative connected to LILAC GIRLS)

EARLY MORNING RISER by Katherine Heiny

WHAT COMES AFTER by Joanne Tompkins

Now available in paperback:

THE LAST GREEN VALLEY by Mark Sullivan (historical fiction)

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner
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Just published title by popular Wisconsin author Amy Reichert:
THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB.

Amy has also written these novels:
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
The Simplicity of Cider
The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
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For our younger clientele......
new A to Z Mystery: SPACE SHUTTLE SCAM

new in paperback:
HOW TO RAISE A MOM
BAABWAA & WOOLIAM A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene and
Friendship

for curious future scientists:
DINOSAURS FACT AND FABLE by Seymour Simon
new additions to the Amazing Animals series: EAGLES, GORILLAS, KILLER WHALES

for pet lovers:
100 QUESTIONS ABOUT DOGS (and all the answers, too!)
100 QUESTIONS ABOUT CATS (and all the answers, too!)

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Adult readers.....NEW TITLES for your consideration

Just published:
Anne Lamott's DUSK NIGHT DAWN On Revival and Courage

New in paperback:
Louise Erdrich THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
C. J. Box LONG RANGE
HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD Poems of Gratitude and Hope
Sue Monk Kidd THE BOOK OF LONGINGS
THE HEMINGWAY STORIES as featured in the recent PBS film by
Ken Burns
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Looking for ways to create this year's garden or ideas for more healthy variety in your meals? Well, Martha Merrell's Books might just have what you're looking for:

THE SOUP AND BREAD COOKBOOK by Beatrice Ojakangas

SIMPLY DELICIOUS VEGAN by Caitlin Shoemaker (Creator of From My Bowl)

VEGETARIAN MADE EASY by Taste of Home

THE COMPLETE PLANT BASED COOKBOOK by America's Test Kitchen

THE FAMILY GARDEN PLAN by Melissa K. Norris (Pioneering Today podcast)
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I miss this face and this place! Love Martha Merrill! To bad we live across the country now!

Thanks for doing this! My kids thought this was super fun!

Oh my!, just that little peek at your bookstore made me happy. I am no longer in the area but remember coming in all the time in the 90’s and I adored it. I still have my favorite book that I bought from you, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”.

Look who is coming today in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. Martha Merrell's Books will see you starting at 1 pm to 3 pm.Hop on down to downtown Waukesha for the Easter candy hunt! Participating businesses will have a poster on their door. Saturday , April 3 (1-3 pm)🐥🐰 ... See MoreSee Less
Look who is coming today in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. Martha Merrells Books will see you starting at 1 pm to 3 pm.
Just arrived from Great Harvest -- for your weekend treat!

Cherry Kringle
Asiago Spinach Roll-up
Pepperoni Mozzarella Roll-up
Breads: Dakota, Oregon Herb, Cinnamon Crunch
Granola: Great Harvest, Pecan Explosion, Cranberry Almond
Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Walnuts

Your dog can have a treat, too: Sam's Ham, Peanut Butter, or Pumpkin
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If you enjoy reading mysteries set in Wisconsin AND recipes for sweet treats, then you will want to try these three titles by Ginger Bolton that revolve around a donut shop:

GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD

JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS

BOSTON SCREAM MURDER

All three are now available at Martha Merrell's Books.

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If you are in the market for items that interest your children during spring break, here are brand-new arrivals at Martha Merrell's Books in Downtown Waukesha:

UNICORN FAMOUS (#13 in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series)

WORLD'S BEST ORIGAMI FOR KIDS

Paint By SticKer Kids OUTER SPACE

WHO WAS LEVI STRAUSS?

WHAT WAS THE AGE OF EXPLORATION?
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If you enjoy coloring AND doing word searches, take a look at these paperback books from Thunder Bay Press that allow you to do both. Each book focuses on a specific theme: Relax, Tropical, Botanical, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, Spooky, and Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less
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