As a children’s bookstore, Second Star to the Right has programming for young minds down to a science, with themed storytime events and craft projects. More recently, the store branched out into …
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As a children’s bookstore, Second Star to the Right has programming for young minds down to a science, with themed storytime events and craft projects. More recently, the store branched out into adult-themed talks, hoping to build a space where parents and caregivers can have conversations and build community.
“Unless they have their own business to share (information), there’s not a lot of opportunities for people to share their knowledge,” said Alethea Chorey, the community liaison for Second Star. “We wanted to create a platform where adults could share knowledge that they have.”
Second Star launched Village Parenting in October with an author talk by Shelley Brouwer, who wrote “Because She Was.” The book is about the life and death of Brouwer’s daughter, who had disabilities and cognitive delays. Chorey said the event gave parents a safe place to ask questions and speak of their own experiences.
Chorey said the store has content planned for the monthly Village Parenting event until April next year. The store asks people to RSVP ahead of time because there’s only room for 40 adults for each event. The events are held after store hours, Chorey said, so they can move furniture around as needed in the building at 1545 S. Pearl St.
Second Star is renovating the property to add an addition that goes to the back of the lot, Chorey added. She hopes that once the project is finished, Second Star will be able to expand some of its community events for both adults and children.
Because Second Star is working with community members to organize the event, the talks can cover a wide range of topics. Chorey said the store also wanted to make sure that everyone was welcome since most parenting groups tend to be geared toward moms.
“Our adults are the customers,” she said. “We really wanted to give back and offer them an event on a monthly basis where they can feel like part of the community too.”
November’s event was lead by Zoe Bowick Levine, who gave a talk on nutritious movement — changing the setup of your daily life to bring in more natural movement.
As parents, many people don’t have time to add daily exercise into their routine, Bowick Levine said. But as people age, they lose flexibility and strength. By paying attention to what ways we move every day, you can begin to add in movement to regain some of that flexibility, she said.
“As parents, we’re busy and all over the place, and that’s pretty active,” she added. “But it tends to be the same actions and patterns.”
Bowick Levine said that this was her first time going to Second Star, but added that she was very excited to see a bookstore bringing in programming for the community. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” came to mind for Bowick Levine. She added it’s also important for parents to come together and learn from shared experiences and also remember to care for themselves as well as their children.
“I don’t think that idea came into my worldview until I became a parent, and then it became an obvious necessity,” she said. “Anyway that we can come together as a community, and learn and share, I’m all for.”
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