Breaking news: Blue Manatee is reopening April 2!
After a four-month hiatus following a nail-biting will-they-won’t-they search for a new owner, the beloved Oakley bookstore is reopening this April as the Blue Manatee Literacy Project. Here’s what you can expect:
Story times, author events and activities
The Blue Manatee Literacy Project store will reopen in Oakley this spring to provide story times,
interactive storytelling, author visits and events and great books. Opening week is kicking off with visits from beloved authors Will Hillenbrand (April 2 at 10 am) Loren Long (April 6 at 11 am) Lucy May (April 3 at 10 am) and Kevin Necessary (April 3 at 10 am).
Same space, same mascot
A new mission
The Blue Manatee Literacy Project is a store with a mission. With a twist on the traditional “1 for 1” donation model, BMLP will not only match each book purchased in the store with a new book for an at-risk Cincinnati student, that book will be age-and level appropriate, delivered as part of a Curated Literacy program where instruction, mentoring and encouragement comes with every book. Simply put, all operational proceeds and energy directed toward the Curated Literacy mission – Blue Manatee Literacy Project will operate as a nonprofit.