With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Melissa Zawadzki - Usborne Books
1.) Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Usborne Books & More is an award-winning publisher of the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today! They are high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, and best of all, they are the books kids love to read! Usborne Books & More provides books that can compete with the vast media that attracts children today. From activity books, to fantastic fiction stories and wonderful multicultural picture book stories and more, Usborne Books & More is broadening the world and imaginations of children of all ages, while promoting literacy.
2. Where is it located?
Usborne Books and More is based in the UK, with divisions in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
3. What is your favorite part about our community?
Sandwich has been my home for the last 6 years, and I have enjoyed the small-town feel of this community. When my family first moved here, we came home to brownies on our doorstep from our neighbor! I didn’t think, before moving here, that people did things like this in real life! Since then, we have been helped in multiple ways in this community, and we have tried to do our share to help out too. I love seeing how this community comes together to support each other!
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
I have been attending a vendor show monthly in Falmouth, in which I can share my love for these amazing books and also support other moms and their passion for their companies!
5. What are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Not only in our community, but in every community really, I think one of the biggest challenges parents face today is the overabundance of media available to our children. There is no way to shut it out from our children’s lives completely, but I think it is important to try and set aside some non-electronic time for our children every day, whether that’s reading a book, playing outside, playing a board game, or all of the above.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
I have only been involved with Usoborne Books & More for about 7 months now, but I am encouraged every time I receive a message from a parent, saying that their child loves their new book! On one occasion, I had sent a message, to a women who placed an order with me, that her books should be arriving to her that day. She emailed me back saying that she had been having a bad day, and that receiving my message had made her day. That in turn made my day! I love sharing these books and seeing how happy they make parents and their children!
7. What advice would you give parents and care givers in our community?
To parents and caregivers, I would say to spend great quality time with your children! Make that time count. Reading, playing, crafting, talking, listening all serve to create a strong bond between parent and child, which in turn, will give that child confidence and allow for better social/emotional development.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know?
I have a VIP group on Facebook that can be found at facebook.com/groups/capedbooks , where I post the latest info, specials, sales, new releases, etc. There is also a link to order books at any time! If you are interested in learning more about these amazing books, I encourage you to join!
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