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Big Blue Marble News

March Special -- Gift Certificate Amnesty Month
Redeem a gift certificate dated 2014 or before, and we'll take 10% off the first $50 of your purchase! Must use full balance of gift certificate, and you can use multiple forms of payment if your purchase amount is greater than the gift certificate value.

2nd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest!
Peeps are back! Our 2nd annual Peeps Diorama Contest is Sunday, April 5th, final judging at 2pm! More categories, more prizes, and more fun. Get it on your calendar now, and get out and buy some peeps while you have plenty of color choices.

    This year our age categories will be
  • 7 and under
  • 8-12
  • 13-18
  • 18 and up
  • and a new Professionals Class, for you artists and designers.

More details on our Events page.

Are you planning a birthday party? In addition to books and other gifts, we also carry the makings of an afternoon of fun! Check out our exciting selection of favors, party games, crafts, and other activities!

A book donation opportunity: One of the kindergarten classrooms at the Henry School is recovering from a plumbing disaster that destroyed their books. They are reaching out to Big Blue Marble customers for support. Any books you purchase to donate to the classroom will be 30% off -- just tell the staff member they are for Henry School Kindergarten.

We can special order just about anything in print! As always, you can come in and ask, give us a call, or send us email. The address is orders@bigbluemarblebooks.com. We place orders twice a week; titles in stock generally come in the next day!

Best of Philly 2007!
Philadelphia Magazine has honored our kids' section with its Best of Philly award. "Like so much of Mount Airy, Big Blue Marble is well thought-out, community-oriented, and full of unexpected delights." --from the August 2007 issue.

Welcome!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore is an independently owned bookstore located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. We specialize in progressive and multicultural titles of interest to Philadelphians in general and Mt. Airy-ites in particular: children's books; woman-centered pregnancy and parenting; sustainable living; lesbian/gay, African-American, and Jewish studies; feminist science fiction; literary graphic novels; and smart, fun fiction.

View upcoming happenings on our Events page. Book clubs and other groups utilize our Community Room. Please stop by and see what we're all about.


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ADDRESS:
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

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HOURS:
Mon: 11-6
Tue-Wed: 10-6
Thurs-Fri: 10-7
Sat-Sun: 10-6


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  • Book Clubs

    WOMEN OF THE WORLD BOOK CLUB
    Final Tuesday, 7:15pm.

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
    Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm.

    LIFE STORIES BOOK GROUP
    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

    Visit our book clubs page


    Other Monthly Events

    WRITERS' GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS - on hiatus
    First Tuesday, 7:00pm.

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

    Read our full events listing


    Just for Kids

    BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    SHABBAT STORY TIME
    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

    Read events for kids