12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Holiday Hours Effective 11/1 thru 12/24/18

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm


New & Noteworthy

On Our Walls: Sister Charlotte Trenkamp, O.S.U.

This month we feature mixed media by Sister Charlotte Trenkamp, O.S.U.

Growing up with artistic parents, Charlotte was exposed to art at home and with classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art.  While teaching in high school and college, she was given the opportunity for a greater study of the arts.

Sister Charlotte entered the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland in 1954 and taught for 60 years. She taught high school for 25 years, and spent the rest of her teaching career in the Fashion Merchandise Department at Ursuline College.  Her work has been exhibited in Ohio and Kentucky, and many pieces are in private collections.

Come Write in our Windows this November

November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo!For a third year, Appletree Books again invites writers of all ages, all formats, and all genres in the Greater Cleveland area to be our featured artists of the month by writing in our front windows!

You need not be a novelist or a professional writer to participate! We’ll provide a table, chair, and an outlet. You bring your writing implements of choice, your imagination, and your determination.

New this year – Writing Contests!

Writer in the Window participants are invited to enter one of two writing contests: one for students in elementary, middle, and high school; and one for adults writing poetry. Contestants must be Writers in the Window to enter.

Students and NaNoWriMo participants are especially encouraged.

You can sign up for a writing slot here: https://tinyurl.com/yawkke8n

Have questions? Contact Jane at the store via phone or email: jane@appletree-books.com

NaNoWriMo Writing Contest

During November, writers of all ages who write in our store windows are eligible to enter our NaNoWriMo Writing Contest!

There will be two contests:  Student Writing Contest and a Poetry Contest: Where Would We Be Without Books? (c0-sponsored with Heights Arts)

Student Writing Contest Entry Requirements:

  • Open to students in elementary, middle, and high school
  • Entries should be no more than one page (double spaced)
  • Write what you like: a poem, story, essay, a very short play – it’s up to you!

Poetry Contest: Where Would We Be Without Books?

  • Open to all writers post-high school, new and established
  • Submit 1-3 poems, no longer that one page each (double-spaced)
  • Poems should speak to the part that books and reading play in our lives

Contest Guidelines for all:

  • Contestants must be registered to write in our windows during November 2018
  • Write something new! Writers are encouraged to write at least part of their entries in our front windows
  • Entries must be submitted via email no later than Dec. 1, 2018, by midnight to jane@appletree-books.com
  • Winners will be announced on December 10 and invited to read their work at a reception at Appletree on December 14th
  • Multiple prizes, including Appletree gift certificates, will be awarded for each contest.

Holiday and January 2019 Hours

Appletree will be open 7 days a week in November and December. Our hours for this period are:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday:                           10 am – 8 pm

Saturday:                                                 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday:                                                    12 pm – 5 pm

Appletree will be closed on November 22nd for Thanksgiving Day.

Appletree will be closed for Christmas Day, December 25th.

On December 26th, we will be open from 10-6 pm

Appletree will be closed between December 27, 2018, and January 26, 2019, for inventory, restocking, and vacation!  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Love Your Bookstore Week

Saturday, November 10th – Friday, November 16th

Celebrate your love for your local brick-and-mortar bookstore (that’s us!) by taking the
Love Your Bookstore Challenge!

Here’s what you do:

1. Stop in at Appletree between November 10 & 16 and take a picture of the book you’re most excited to give, or that you most love, or most want to receive.
2. Post your photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter between November 10 & 16 with the hashtag #loveyourbookstore, and you’ll be entered to win some bookish prizes!
3. When you post, challenge your friends to visit their favorite bookstore and do the same.

Family Connections Benefit

Thursday, November 29th, 10 am – 8 pm

Come out to support Family Connections!
A portion of our sales on November 29th will go to benefit Family Connections’ work supporting families with young children.

Family Connections of Northeast Ohio has been helping families grow stronger together for over 35 years by providing parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 5. They offer year-round, free and low-cost programs and services for families and children to learn and play together.

Weekly Story Time

Every Thursday, at 11 am, Appletree staff and volunteers will read stories from our shelves for “young sprouts”! Each session lasts about an hour, and no registration is necessary!

Appletree is looking for volunteers to read each week.  If you love kids, like to read, and can spend an hour reading to youngsters, please contact us!

If you are interested or want to learn more, call us at 216-791-2665, email us at info@appletreebooks.com, or stop by the store to learn more!


Comming in December

Mixed media artist Helen Lewis will be our artist of the month, and she will display a selection of her work.

The talented artists from Roxboro Elementary School will make our store window display for December!

Books in a Brewery

Bookhouse Brewing is a small brewery and taproom located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. Located in the same space as the Baehr Brewery, Bookhouse Brewery is continuing the legacy of the first brewery that opened in 1866!

Appletree and Bookhouse Brewing have teamed up to offer a monthly book discussion in the brewery! Join us a beer, cider, a snack, and a great discussion!

All sessions meet at Bookhouse, 1526 W. 25th St. in Cleveland from 7-9 pm!

The initial discussions focus on Banned Books!

Upcoming discussion:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little Bown) by Sherman Alexie

Thursday, February 7, 2019

An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton Books) by John Green

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Mariner Books) by Alison Bechdel

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Brideshead Revisited (Little Brown) by Evelyn Waugh


Timeless Advice from Hanna Perkins Center

Appletree Books is pleased to carry the new childcare book from Cleveland’s Hanna Perkins Center.

Timeless Advice for Parents of Young Children: How to Understand Your Child’s Behavior and Respond Effectively in Almost Any Situation
from the Grandmothers of Hanna Perkins Center

“Children don’t come with an instruction manual, but this book is about as close as you can get.  Written by a group of wise early-childhood development experts, it’s an easy-to-read behavioral guide to what’s going on with your young child’s mind in almost any situation – from public tantrums to noticing people with disabilities to preparing for the first day of preschool.  Whether you read it cover to cover or reach for it when the going gets tough, it will help bring out that loving, nurturing, patient and resourceful parent that lives in all of us.”

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is a non-profit partner with parents, educators and mental health professionals to help children understand and manage their emotions for success in school and life.  Founded in 1951, its services include a school; mental health clinic for children and adolescents; consultation and training for other schools and early learning centers; continuing education for teachers, social workers and mental health professionals; and training in the specialized field of child psychoanalysis.

Pre-Orders: Rock This Town!

Fran Belkin‘s new book shares intimate stories from her work with Belkin Productions!

Rock This Town!: Backstage in Cleveland: Stories You Never Heard & Swag You Never Saw is due to be released on October 15, 2018.

$18.95 in paperback!

Appletree will host a reception and signing for Fran on November 16th.

12 Places to Check Out on Picturesque Cedar Fairmount

Cedar Fairmount is a magical place – great stores, restaurants, shops and more! A 15-minute cruise from downtown or freeways, this is a neighborhood to love!

Cleveland Magazine has published a great article on the neighborhood!