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New Arrival: The Titanic – Lily’s Story by Jamie Contreras

On April 15, 2012, it will have been 100 years since Titanic sank. Titanic set sail with 2,228 passengers and crew. Only 705 Titanic people survived.

This is the story of one of its passengers, Lily and her family. They are traveling first class with their servants and the family dog, Khloe. Lily is a rambunctious little girl that is always looking for adventure! While on board, Lily meets a little red-haired girl, name Katy Grace. Katy is traveling from Ireland with her aunt’s family to America. Katy recently lost her parents and even though her Aunt took her in, she is not welcome. Lily and Katy become quick friends and enjoy having the run of the ship. Lily’s Father was one of the designers of the Titanic and worked for Harland and Wolff, so Lily knows all about the ship from him.

Will Lily’s family survive the sinking?

Will Katy’s spiteful family survive or will an unfortunate fate place her in the care of a family that she longs for so desperately?



Jamie will be at Barnhill’s on Saturday, April 21st from 11-1 reading from and signing copies of her book.


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Have you seen the Nov issue of Our State Magazine?

There is a great article in it about Libby Bagby and her dog, Lucky the Plott Hound.  Libby and Lucky will be at Barnhills on Saturday, Nov 27th from 2-4 so come meet the celebrities!  This should be a great time for families and dog lovers of all ages.

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Charles the Chef

The creators of Charles the Chef, the entertaining chef who teaches kids to make healthy choices, will be at Barnhill’s on May 29th from 10:30 to 11:30. 

Company Mission


Charles The Chef Inc, mission is to help children through its flagship character Charles the Chef to understand the importance of eating healthy at a young age.  Charles the Chef by bringing a kid friendly message of magic and wonder will help children and parents alike to learn to eat better to live better.  Ultimately by reaching children through Charles the Chef books, DVD’s and games, ending childhood obesity is our goal and one that we believe can be obtained.

About Roosevelt Pitt, Jr.:

Roosevelt is the twenty year veteran author and co-creator of “Food Adventures with Charles the Chef” A book created to help children develop good eating habits.  A loving and magical filled book of adventure, Charles the Chef brings back the fun to eating healthy.  Roosevelt’s reason for creating Charles the Chef grew through his experience with relatives who have struggled with obesity.  He witnessed first hand how unhealthy eating habits were passed on to their children.  His goal is to help break the cycle by sharing with children the importance of eating healthy and being active without leaving out the fun.  Charles the Chef also helps parents by easing the resistance they may encounter when trying to introduce healthy foods to their kids.

Roosevelt for over four years has been an advocate and expert in motivating children and parents alike by teaching measurable core principles to improve eating habits. He is an experienced publisher and has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, Business North Carolina’ Fox News and Entertainment Tonight for his outstanding publishing accomplishments. 

His crusade to encourage healthy lifestyles by instructing others how to increase their food knowledge has been embraced by schools, health expos, non profit organizations and churches.  He has written over twenty articles for printed and online publications demonstrating how parents can raise their kids from birth to age five to avoid the traps of childhood obesity. 

Since he began, Roosevelt has teamed with noted organizations such as the YWCA of Winston-Salem, Childrens International Obesity Foundation, BET Foundation, The Junior League of High Point, and Stokes Partnership for Children and the Work Family Resource Center.

In addition Roosevelt brings his experience as a father of five young children from ages ten to one.  He understands the parent’s plight when it comes to developing a child’s interest in eating healthy foods.  Roosevelt has a wealth of knowledge as a publisher, researcher, motivational speaker and most importantly a parent who lives the experience daily. 

Roosevelt recently served on the board of the Stokes Partnership for Children.


About Mshindo Kummba I.:

Mshindo Kuumba I. is a critically acclaimed artist mostly well known for his enduring attention to detail and the “African” look to his work.

“Africa being so instrumental in civilizing the world, I found it peculiar that a strong positive image of Africans is largely absent from contemporary media. Since my youth I wanted to build a career addressing this discrepancy.”

Mshindo for over twenty years has understood the balance needed between our bodies and the foods we eat.  Thus he has been a vegetarian for many of those years as well as an experienced food preparation and cooking expert.  Partnering with Roosevelt Pitt and co-creating Charles the Chef and his cast of characters was a perfect fit in order to share his message of food and body knowledge to all ages utilizing his amazing artistic talents and speaking prowess.  

He has performed numerous cooking demos with the YWCA of Winston Salem, BET Foundation, Junior League of High Point, the Work Family Resource Center and schools throughout the state of N.C.  He is an expert in numerous dance and fighting styles such as Capoeria.  Skills which he uses to teach proper fitness that goes hand in hand with healthy eating habits and lifestyles. 


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I Wish I Was Five Years Old Again

We had little visitors at the store today.


Okay, I didn’t mean the dinosaurs. They are all lined up waiting to hear a story. We had other little visitors. Gillian & Gabriella brought their Mom, Dad, and Nana to see us.

The carpet squares are for storytime. We never specified if they were for children or dinosaurs. Today, they were for both.

And for giraffes too.

Story time is a LOT more fun with a big audience!

I think they’re all listening. I’ve never seen storytime hold such keen attention!

There always has to be one who wants to be in the front blocking the view but this time, nobody complained!


Mom and Dad are still the best audience when the kids are the ones doing the reading!


Gabriella and Gillian – Thanks for coming by today and being such great girls. The dinosaurs are STILL talking about storytime and they can’t wait to do it again.

And bring Mom, Dad, and Nana back with you too, but next time, make sure they behave!


Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life.

Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.

Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup — they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: look.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think what a better world it would be if we all — the whole world — had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

~ Robert Fulghum ~


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