Bookstore organizes local participation in “Totally Ninja Raccoons” research – The Journal


The “Where are the totally ninja raccoons?” The research will take place throughout July at the Farmington businesses. (Courtesy of Amy’s Library)

Farmington businesses attending monthlong event

Residents of the Farmington area should be on the lookout for “totally ninja raccoons” lurking at local businesses in July.

When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled Candlewick Press’s annual Where’s Waldo research, Kevin Coolidge, author and owner of From My Shelf Books in Welsbro, Pa., Decided to host the “Where are the Raccoons” conference totally ninja? ” research based on his “Totally Ninja Raccoon” action book series for reluctant readers ages 7-10.

The “Totally Ninja Raccoon” series is about three raccoon brothers who become ninjas and is available from Amy’s Bookcase.

This year, Coolidge and From My Shelf Books agreed to allow other independent bookstores across the country to host the “Where Are Totally Ninja Raccoons?” search.

Amy Henkenius, owner of Amy’s Bookcase in Farmington, led the way in organizing local businesses and organizations to join the research in an effort to encourage residents and visitors to support local small businesses.

“After a year of uncertainty, we thought it would be nice to have a little fun in our community,” Henkenius said in a press release.

Each participating company will have free passports, listing all participating companies where researchers can find the Ninja Raccoons. When a customer spots the hidden raccoons, the company stamps or signs the passport.

The month-long hunt for raccoon brothers begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday and ends at 3 p.m. on July 31. All passports must be returned to Amy’s Library no later than July 31 at 3:00 p.m. to be eligible for the prize.

“Visiting kids sometimes worry that they don’t have time to research all (the) businesses,” Kasey Coolidge, director of From My Shelf Books, said in a press release. “We reassure them that everyone who plays has a chance to win prizes sponsored by participating companies. “

Each passport stamp inscribes the researcher’s name in the prize draw. The draw will take place at 4:30 p.m. on July 31 and the winners will be announced on Facebook. Prizes include gift certificates and items donated by participating businesses.

The Ninja Raccoons will hide in or in these businesses: Dad’s Diner, Buell’s Fish Hooks, What the Junk?, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Amy’s Bookcase, Farmington Visitors Center at Gateway Museum, Kopy-Rite Printing, Tales of Tomorrow, Second Hand Wolf, Calvares Santos y Mas, San Juan College Health and Human Performance Center Rental Center, Oso Grande Coffee Co., Artifact Gallery, Foutz and Hanon Car and Truck Accessories, Sycamore Center, Frozen Yogurt and Iced Coffee, San Nurseries Juan and 505 Cycles.

For more information, contact Amy’s Bookcase at (505) 327-4647 or 2530 San Juan Blvd., Farmington.

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