Booksigning w/Greg Jackson – “The Prodigals: Stories”

April 25th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Strivers, misfits, and children of privilege, the restless, hew to passion and perversity through life’s tempests in Greg Jackson’s stellar short story collection, Prodigals. Theirs is a quest for meaning and authenticity in lives spoiled by self-knowledge and haunted by spiritual longing. Lyrical and unflinching, cerebral and surreal, this collection maps the degradations of contemporary life with insight and grace.

GREG JACKSON grew up in Boston and coastal Maine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Granta. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia and has been a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center and a resident at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A winner of the Balch and Henfield prizes, he was a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award in Fiction. Prodigals is his first book and garnered him the 2019 Bard Fiction Prize. Read More

Presented in collaboration with Bard Written Arts

Independent Bookstore Day Festivities

April 27th, 10 am – 5 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Independent Bookstore Day! Save the Date!

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Bookbinding Class

April 28th, 9 am – 11 am
Paper Trail

A hands-on class in japanese bookbinding from a master teacher, Roberta Nelson.

All materials will be provided including japanese chiyogami cover paper. You will leave with your own handmade book and a complete set of bookbinding supplies. $125.

if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own journals, photo albums, maybe bind up your recipes or your kid’s artwork, don’t miss this opportunity!

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Booksigning w/Gretchen Hirsch – “Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in a Day

April 28th, 4 pm – 5 pm
Oblong Books & Music

For fans of slow fashion and vintage chic Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch has just the thing!

In the ’50s and ’60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school, and countless other obligations. Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch’s modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs.  Read More

Educator Night

May 1st, 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Teachers, Librarians and Media Specialists are invited to join us during Children’s Book Week for an Educator Night at Oblong in Rhinebeck!

Oblong’s Suzanna Hermans will advise what’s new & provide recommendations for every grade level, plus enjoy 20% off all your purchases!

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Grandparents Night

May 3rd, 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Grandparents are invited to join us during Children’s Book Week for a special night at Oblong!

Oblong’s Suzanna Hermans will talk about ways to encourage reading in your grandchildren and give practical tips and advice on how to read with them, together with book recommendations for different ages and reading comprehension levels.

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108 Sun Salutations

May 5th, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Clear Yoga

Join us in doing 108 Sun Salutations.

A free community class…but we are collecting donations for the Winnakee Land Trust in Rhinebeck.  Come join us from 2-3.30pm.  Refreshments afterwards!!!


Storytime “The Great Outdoors”

May 15th, 12 pm – 1 pm

A monthly Storytime for Ages 2-6 curated by Oblong Books & Music and presented by Sapling Shop

Oblong Books’ Nicole Brinkley will read one of her favorite books for children – The Great Outdoors by Julie Falatko

About the Book:

A story that will have kids wondering what exactly goes on back at home when they’re on vacation.

When the humans head out to go camping, the animals settle in for a relaxing holiday of their own! Teen bear takes over the bathroom with her curling iron, the Beavers prepare their fanciest recipes, and the deer kick up their feet for a dance party. What starts as a little unwinding soon escalates to a big mess, just in time for everyone to head home. . .

Storytime “Paper Mice”

June 19th, 12 pm – 1 pm

A monthly Storytime for Ages 2-6 curated by Oblong Books & Music and presented by Sapling Shop

Oblong Books’ Nicole Brinkley will read one of her favorite books for children – Paper Mice by Megan Wagner-Lloyd

About the Book:

A big, dark house can be scary for those so small, until they find…each other.

With a snip and a clip, two paper mice are made. They are given names: Della and Ralph. Each alone, they explore their new house in the dark. Della dashes up the stairs; Ralph skitters through the dining room. There is so much to see and so much to discover!.