Can Summer Workbooks Really Prevent Vacation Brain Drain in Your Kids?

What’s happening to the carefree days of childhood? First, they took away running and dodge ball during recess. Then recess itself. And now summer vacation is under assault.

Education publishing has a new niche category: summer workbooks. These often hefty volumes promise fun activities and exciting worksheets that will help your young student make it through summer vacation without forgetting everything she learned the previous school year. Certainly summer learning loss has been studied and documented for several decades. But are one-size-fits-all workbooks the answer to the average child completely forgetting fractions, or how to read a calendar, over the summer break? Continue reading

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The Power of the Press Release – News from an Armarium Editorial Services Client

Bead Divine owner Cari Ordway shows off the front page of the Laconia Citizen featuring her store opening in downtown Laconia.When we decided to split off an arm of The Armarium Press Inc. under the name Armarium Editorial Services last year, the intention was for the new division to “do for outside clients the same kinds of things we do internally for our book projects, such as writing press releases and content for marketing materials,” as my business partner Carmen Madrid explains it. We know the thrill of seeing our own company name in print — whether in a national publication like Publisher’s Weekly or in the local newspaper that everyone in town reads — and we want to help other businesses achieve that level of exposure as well. Continue reading

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Armarium Editorial Services Completes First History Book Project

 

Seth Wheeler, author

Seth Wheeler, author

The smile says it all! Seth Wheeler is seen here moments after opening the first box from Puritan Press containing copies of his new book, Putting the Power in Your Hands: The First 75 Years of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. Production of the book was entirely a “made in New Hampshire” effort, with Armarium Editorial Services managing the ten-month project and providing the editorial and research assistance, Infusion Studio Creative Design in Alton Bay handling design and layout, and Puritan Press in Hollis printing the book. Continue reading

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Calling All Bibliophiles!

The unrepentant bibliophile diner mugComing soon to our online store… mugs and notepads with bookish themes – such as the “unrepentant bibliophile” coffee cup seen being tested here. Historically, drinking mugs were carved of bone or wood. Ours is the standard ceramic version, adorned with a pleasant little bespectacled bookworm reclining against his “books to read” stack. Stop back in June to buy yours!

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Join Us as New Hampshire Homeschoolers Take to the Stage

The Rindge Area Homeschoolers are performing The Fisherman and His Wife on March 1, 2014.February vacation week in Southern New Hampshire means skiing, day trips to Boston museums, and visits to grandma’s house. For many of the Monadnock region’s homeschoolers though, the public schools’ vacation week means it’s time for the theataaa! Once again, the Rindge Area Homeschoolers (in conjunction with the Rindge Rec Department and sponsored in part by The Armarium Press) contracted with Children’s Stage Adventures to hold a week-long theater program that culminates in a full-scale production of The Fisherman & His Wife.

The cast of home-schooled kids from early elementary through high school will sing, dance, and act their way through CSA’s original retelling of the Grimm’s fairy tale about a fisherman who catches an enchanted fish. Last year’s production of A Sword Called Excaliber (in which The Boy played Villager #3) was our first experience with Children’s Stage Adventures – and their operation is truly impressive.

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The Armarium Press Launches Armarium Editorial Services

Armarium Editorial Services - A Division of The Armarium Press IncDo you see beauty in a perfectly punctuated sentence? Feel joy at the sound of a grammatically correct phrase? We do! From proofreading other companies’ marketing materials to indexing other publishers’ manuscripts, our editorial team has been keeping busy in between The Armarium Press’s own book projects.

So busy, in fact, that we have decided to bring all such outside projects under the direction of a single editorial project manager — and today, we are proud to announce the launch of our Armarium Editorial Services division. If you are a writer, publisher, or business owner who needs a little help “polishing your prose,” we invite you to visit the Armarium Editorial Services website to see how we can help.

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Announcing The Chaucer Gazette Newsletter

If you’re a charter member of Chaucer’s Happy Tails Fan Club (and you special folks know who you are!), the inauChaucer the Dog in His Reporter Hat Illustration by John Clarkegural issue of our newsletter, The Chaucer Gazette: One Hound’s News & Views, has already landed in your in-box. As the famous fox terrier writes in his Warm Woof of Welcome introduction, “You’ll find each issue filled with news of my activities, bookish and otherwise, plus such content as free teaching resources, animal rescue news, dog-friendly travel, et cetera.” Sign up for the Gazette by joining the Happy Tails Fan Club at right.

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Employee Conflict: Do Today’s Workers Know How to Lose Gracefully?

Crew members (workers) engaging in mutiny against their clueless captain (manager), as illustrated by John Clarke for All Hands on Deck

“Conflict in the workplace can be a healthy and positive thing for your company,” Forbes contributor David Roth writes in a recent column. “It means you have a variety of personality types, each with their own way of approaching problems… and even differences in perception of what is a problem and what isn’t.”

Healthy and positive, perhaps. Do most entrepreneurs and owners of start-up companies know how to settle workplace conflicts effectively, though? Do some think it’s easier to just suck it up and let it pass? If you ignore it, will the tension simply fade away? Continue reading

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10 Reasons Senior Dogs Make the Best Road-Trip Companions

The author of Tube-Sock Tricks and 101 Other Tips for RVing Success readies for another road trip.Between the clown hounds (Brontë the yellow lab and her foster friend of mixed lineage) and the more senior fox terriers, including the famous Chaucer, we strike a daily balance between chaos and quiet around the headquarters of Canterbury Tails Books. When it comes to fun away from the office, Brontë in particular is up for a hike, a run, or swim anytime, anywhere, which makes her a great traveling companion for our more active adventures. Yet after many a day trip and cross-country trek with dogs in tow, I’ve come to the conclusion that senior dogs truly make the best road-trip companions! Continue reading

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Announcing Our Third Bark for Books! Campaign

Chaucer Barking by John Clarke Copyright The Armarium PressChaucer will be launching his third Bark for Books! Campaign this Saturday at the May Fair in Rindge, New Hampshire. For every copy of Learning Is Cool… It’s the First Day of School! sold between now and 15 August 2013, The Armarium Press will donate one copy of the book to the young child of a deployed or wounded soldier.

“We came up with the idea several years ago, shortly before Learning Is Cool was released,” says publisher Carmen Madrid. “We’d been corresponding with the Baghdad-based soldier we’d adopted through the Soldiers’ Angels program, and it occurred to us how difficult it must be for kids to start kindergarten or first grade with a beloved parent so far away.”

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Discovering the Tucson Library’s Read-to-a-Dog Program

Read to a Dog program at the Dusenberry River branch of the Tucson Public LibraryWhen visiting Tucson recently, some of The Armarium Press team discovered the Pima County Public Library’s Read-to-a-Dog program. We’ve heard about read-to-a-dog events at indie bookstores elsewhere around the country, but this is the most extensive such program we’ve come across: About a dozen Tucson-area library branches participate weekly. The concept is that children–specifically early readers and those who might be having a little trouble reading at their grade level–find dogs a comfortable, non-judgmental audience.

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