The Gift of Literature: A BooksBloom Seminar

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First Bible Baptist Church

12 Granger Lane

Plainville, CT 06062

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Come join us as we discuss the power of good literature in the life of a child and how to give your child a literary rich life.

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Homeschool veterans and Living Book experts Jan and Gary Bloom will be visiting New England this Fall! This is an encouraging two-day seminar for both homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike.

Come and be encouraged as we discuss:

  • Giving Your Child a Love for Books
  • The Vital Importance of a Quality Library
  • Preparing Your Children to Love Life
  • Read Alouds for Dads and Kids
  • The Foundational Five types of books to Read
  • Yee Haw! Books for boys
  • Before Romance, Beyond Romance- Books for Girls

This rare opportunity to meet the Blooms is not to be missed! Bring your questions and come soak in the knowledge of veteran parents and educators.

To learn more about the Blooms, please visit booksbloom.com


Workshops Subject to Change

Friday September 27th

3:00 - 6:00 pm Preview shopping for Pre-Registered Guests

6:00 -10:00 pm Shopping for all registered attendees

6:30 - 7:30 pm workshop 1 "Sailing on Living Light"

7:45-9:00 pm workshop 2 "Keepers of the Books" (Jan)

"Gather 'Round, Children" (Gary)

10:00 pm Close

Saturday September 28th

8:30 am - 1 pm Open for shopping

9:00 -10:00 am workshop 3 "Cradle to Grade: Giving your Child a Love for Books" (Jan)

"The Idiot's Guide to Building Bookcases" (Gary)

10:30-11:30 am workshop 4 "HELP! I'm Failing!" (Jan)

"How to REALLY Love Your Homeschooling Wife" (Gary)

1 pm Close


Registration fees are $25 and cover everyone in your immediate family. Your registration fee will also include a $15 discount on book purchases. ($15 off a purchase of $50 or more)

Pre-registration is not mandatory but it is strongly encouraged, with special incentives like early shopping and a 25% discount on all books if there are at least 25 paid pre-registrations.

Session Descriptions



Speaking from 41 years of husbandly experience, Gary offers cautions, correction, and consolation for husbands with homeschooling wives. His useful advice will help husbands understand their wives better and will enable them to help their wives find joy and affirmation in the day-to-day challenges of homeschooling, parenting, and partnering.

GATHER 'ROUND, CHILDREN: Read Alouds for Dads and Kids

Supper has been eaten, the dishes are washed, pajamas are on, and the BEST time of the day is here–story time! Join Gary, who read to his children faithfully for years, as he explores how a father can build a special relationship with his children through time spent reading aloud together. Guidelines and suggestions will be offered that will get even a non-reader dad off to a great start.


With only a few power tools and some lumber you can get those books out of boxes and onto shelves–shelves that you will be able to put together quickly and easily after attending this workshop for moms and dads. Gary, who has built dozens of these bookcases, will demonstrate step by step how to build a functional, practical, inexpensive, and good-looking bookcase.


SAILING ON LIVING LIGHT: Voyaging with Great Books

Adventure, excitement, understanding, and delight - welcome to the world of living books, where the fresh breezes of new worlds stir imaginations! Beyond the dull, dry textbooks await REAL books that add life, depth, breadth, and excitement to learning. Discover how to travel through subjects with books that are interesting, informative, well-written, and enjoyable; books that become guides and maps as we journey through life. Jan, a veteran homeschooler and author, will navigate through both nonfiction and fiction, explaining how each fulfills educational, emotional, and spiritual objectives.

KEEPERS OF THE BOOKS: The Vital Importance of a Home Library

Throughout history, reading and owning books has been associated with culture, learning, and wisdom. In modern times, books have yielded to electronic information systems. Jan, a vintage bookseller, believes that the older books, written true to a Christian worldview and absent many modern biases, need to be rescued from destruction, read by the students of today, and kept safe for future generations. Jan gives guidelines on choosing which books to include in a home library, which books to borrow from a public library, and which books to send to the trash. Practical suggestions on book repair, deodorizing, and organizing will also be discussed.

CRADLE TO GRADE: Preparing Your Children to Love Reading

Booklovers become worldchangers, but they are grown, not born. Jan, a booklover and veteran homeschooler, will give advice to help parents of young children develop strategies and lifestyles that will "till the soil" and prepare a child's mind for the hard, but joyful, work of learning from books. Caution: Do not come if you are not ready to give up or considerably cut down on TV and computer time...

HELP! I'M FAILING! Hope for the Faint of Heart

Jan, a veteran homeschooler, uncovers and discusses many of the misconceptions, unrealistic expectations, and problems that make homeschooling difficult. Her message addresses prevention and positive steps for the new homeschooling mom and hope, help, and healing for the veteran homeschooler.

YEE HAW! Books for Boys

Most boys love reading books filled with adventure, discovery, unusual facts, and heroic, courageous behavior, but their moms, the primary book finders, don't know which books fulfill these ideals. Jan Bloom, vintage book dealer and mother of a male reader, searched for great books that appealed to boys and were well-written with positive role models and a healthy worldview. Jan will give suggestions of authors for all ages of boys, from those early "reading is too hard" days to the "I hardly have time to read anymore" years.


Romance novels sell. Even Christian publishers produce hundreds of new romance titles every year. What exactly is a romance novel? Are they all bad? What else is there to read? What should be read and when should it be read? Join Jan, an avid reader, as she walks through the different age and interest levels of girls in order to suggest quality reading that teaches important life lessons and truly prepares young women for whatever God has planned for them.


A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday evening at:

Fairfield Inn and Suites

400 New Britain Ave.

Plainville, CT 06062


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