Martha Merrell's Books & Toys Upcoming Events!

July Events Calendar

YOU + 1 (or MORE!) continues this month

Summer Activities for Kids – check out our offerings and register now! 

Monday, July 1

Tuesday, July 2

  •    1 PM                 DeMensa Book Club

Thursday, July 4

  • 11 AM          FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

Friday, July 5

  • Afternoon           Great Harvest delivery
  • 6:30-9 PM          FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE (indoors)
    • Music by Mike & Kathy Gallenberger and Aspenglow

Sunday, July 7

  • 2-3 PM             Family & Friends: Play Fourth of July BINGO

Monday, July 8

Tuesday, July 9

  • 6:30 PM            WDBA meeting

Wednesday, July 10

Thursday, July 11

Friday, July 12

  • 6:30-9 PM        FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • Music by Bill & Lin O’Connor

Sunday, July 14

  • 2-3 PM            Family & Friends: Play our games; discount if you purchase any

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

  • 6:30 -9 PM        FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • Music by Big Kenny & Friends

Saturday, July 20

2:30-4 PM        Book Launch by Local Authors Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

  • There’s Only One YOU
  • Book Signing and Special Activities

Sunday, July 21

  • 2-3 PM            Family & Friends: Play our games; discount if you purchase any

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE

  • Wednesday, July 24th– Wednesday, July 31st
  • Stop in and see what items are discounted each day

Thursday, July 25

  • Afternoon          Great Harvest delivery 

Friday, July 26

  • 6:30-9 PM         FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • Music by Fair Webber

Sunday, July 28

  • 3 PM              Pops Concert
  • Music by Piano Students of Loretta Picco

July In-Store Promotions!

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Summer Activities at Martha Merrell’s

YOU + 1 (or MORE!)

For YOU and a Friend (or Friends)

---You decide the dates & times we meet---

CALL 547-1060 for more details & to register!

READERS,

  • (Grades 1-3) Choose any of the titles in the Humphrey’s Tiny Tales series by Betty Birney to read and discuss and enjoy related activities
  • (Grades 3-5) Choose any of the titles in the Humphrey original series by Betty Birney to read and discuss as well as enjoy related Humphrey activities
  • (Grades 5-6) Choose one of these titles to read and discuss and then learn how to play SCRABBLE or become an expert!   
    • You Go First by Erin Kelly OR The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

WRITERS and READERS,

  • Read and discuss Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger before we try creating our own original poems in the different styles found in the book!

PERFORMERS and READERS,

  • (Grades 2-5) Be a part of our Readers’ Theatre group that tries out different short plays and possibly tries writing an original one of our own!

Cost per activity: the price of the related book

MATH FANS,

  • Choose an area that you want to practice or become an expert in:
    • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, Graphing, or Algebra
  • (Grades 1-5) Besides working on math activities, we will be making and playing math games for you to take home!

PUZZLE LOVERS,

  • You get to choose from a variety of puzzles:
    • jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, word search, mazes, logic, hidden pictures, or dot-to-dot
  • (Grades 2-5) Whatever kind of puzzle you enjoy, that is what you will be challenging your brainy self with! 

GAME LOVERS,

  •   (Grades 2-5) You will be playing both old favorites and games that you haven’t yet tried. Best of all, you will also make some games that you can play with your friends and family!                                           

Cost per activity: the price of the related book and/or the price of supplies

CALL 547-1060 for more details & to register!

TWO NEW BOOKS ABOUT LES PAUL!

LES PAUL GUITAR GENIUS

This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. Featuring richly detailed, dynamic illustrations by Brett Helquist, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old.

THE BIRTH OF LOUD

“A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built. In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock ’n’ roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender’s tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an “axe” that would make Fender’s Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world’s most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo. While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker’s guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable. In “an excellent dual portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering “spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars” (The Atlantic). “The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new” (The Washington Post).

EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SEQUELS...

MOLOKA’I

It has been over fifteen years since Alan Brennert penned his novel MOLOKA’I in which a girl named “Rachel Kalama at age seven discovers she has leprosy while growing up in Honolulu during the 1890s. Despite being part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, her dreams of meeting her father are shattered when she is sent to live in a leper colony.” Mr. Brennert’s sequel tells the story of Ruth, “the daughter that Rachel Kalama was forced to give up at birth. Ruth is adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California. She marries, but is unjustly interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II. After the war, she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth's birth mother, Rachel.”

THE AMERICAN AGENT

THE AMERICAN AGENT is the fifteenth installment in the wildly popular Maisie Dobbs series written by Jacqueline Winspear. “Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs (described as ‘one of the great fictional heroines’) investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitzkrieg of World War II. The author once again creates a historically accurate tale of love and war, terror and survival” that offers so much for the reader to contemplate on a personal level as well. As one reviewer so correctly summarized: “Reading a Maisie Dobbs book is a little like spending time with an old friend you don't see often enough.”

WISHTREE

WISHTREE is a children’s book written by Katherine Applegate that has now been published as an adult paperback. In similar fashion to Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER, this is a story that transcends specific age groups. Ms. Applegate’s novel illustrates the need for tolerance and acceptance in today’s world, now more than ever. “Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming; Red's experience as a wishtree becomes crucial.”
  • Best Seller Books
  • Children's Books
  • Local Author Books
  • Greeting Cards
  • Calendars
  • Music CD's
  • Games
  • Puzzles
  • Puppets

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.

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Aspanglow which is Mike Aspen, Mike & Kathy Gallenberger is playing tonight from 6:30 - 9pm.Desserts and refreshment are available for purchase. Did somebody say yum?

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A special group is always playing at the Martha Merrell's Books Stage, part of Waukesha's Friday Night Live. Also stop in and say thank you to Karen White at the Little Swiss Clock Shop honor her 51 years of service to downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin and surrounding area.The FNL weather & music forecast looks perfect! ⏰Join us as we celebrate “51 Years of Timeless Memories” at the Little Swiss Clock Shop @ 6:30! 🇺🇸Magellan’s will be collecting used instruments for Veterans.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

A special group is always playing at the Martha Merrells Books Stage, part of Waukeshas Friday Night Live. Also stop in and say thank you to Karen White at the Little Swiss Clock Shop honor her 51 years of service to downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin and surrounding area.

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Check out our website (www.marthamerrellsbooks.com/) or our front door 🙂 to see what activities we are offering for kids this summer.
We have a variety of fun classes that are affordable, fun and meant to fit your individual schedule!

YOU + 1 (or MORE!)

Summer Activities at Martha Merrell’s

For YOU and a Friend (or Friends)

-You decide the dates/times we meet-

CALL 547-1060 for more details & to register!

READERS,
* (Grades 1-3) Choose any of the titles in the Humphrey’s Tiny Tales series by Betty Birney to read and discuss and enjoy related activities

* (Grades 3-5) Choose any of the titles in the Humphrey original series by Betty Birney to read and discuss as well as enjoy related Humphrey activities

* (Grades 5-6) Choose one of these titles to read and discuss and then learn how to play SCRABBLE or become an expert!

You Go First by Erin Kelly OR The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

WRITERS and READERS,
* Read and discuss Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger before we try creating our own original poems in the different styles found in the book!

PERFORMERS and READERS,
* (Grades 2-5) Be a part of our Readers’ Theatre group that tries out different short plays and possibly tries writing an original one of our own!

* Cost per activity: the price of the related book

MATH FANS,
* Choose an area that you want to practice or become an expert in:
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, Graphing, or Algebra

* (Grades 1-5) Besides working on math activities, we will be making and playing math games for you to take home!

PUZZLE LOVERS,
* You get to choose from a variety of puzzles: jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, word search, mazes, logic, hidden pictures, or dot-to-dot

* (Grades 2-5) Whatever kind of puzzle you enjoy, that is what you will be challenging your brainy self with!

GAME LOVERS,
* (Grades 2-5) You will be playing both old favorites and games that you haven’t yet tried. Best of all, you will also make some games that you can play with your friends and family!

* Cost per activity: the price of the related book and/or the price of supplies

CALL 547-1060 for more details & to register!
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