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PRESS PHOTO BY MARGE HOPKINSA crowd of enthusiastic Waldo Hunters gathers for the raffle on the first floor of Let’s Play Books!, Emmaus, Aug. 5. PRESS PHOTO BY MARGE HOPKINSA crowd of enthusiastic Waldo Hunters gathers for the raffle on the first floor of Let’s Play Books!, Emmaus, Aug. 5.
LEFT: Karl, Jill and Shane Holland, of Allentown, are so excited to be the grand prize winners at the event. LEFT: Karl, Jill and Shane Holland, of Allentown, are so excited to be the grand prize winners at the event.
Sisters Anna and Evelyn, of Macungie, enjoy the festivities with mom and dad Jessica and Scott Summer. Sisters Anna and Evelyn, of Macungie, enjoy the festivities with mom and dad Jessica and Scott Summer.
Ian and Deanne Hoenscheid, of Emmaus, are all smiles after winning a salon prize in the Where’s Waldo raffle. Ian and Deanne Hoenscheid, of Emmaus, are all smiles after winning a salon prize in the Where’s Waldo raffle.
Ryan Hunter, of Emmaus, is quite the Waldo hunter. Ryan has attended all five of the Where’s Waldo celebrations at Let’s Play Books! Ryan Hunter, of Emmaus, is quite the Waldo hunter. Ryan has attended all five of the Where’s Waldo celebrations at Let’s Play Books!
ABOVE: Owners Jim and Kirsten Hess, of Let’s Play Books! prepare for the children and their parents to join them in the raffle room at the fifth annual Where’s Waldo Gala Aug. 5. ABOVE: Owners Jim and Kirsten Hess, of Let’s Play Books! prepare for the children and their parents to join them in the raffle room at the fifth annual Where’s Waldo Gala Aug. 5.

LET’S PLAY BOOKS!

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by MARGE HOPKINS Special to The Press in Local News

Where’s Waldo gala held Aug. 5

Let’s Play Books!, 244 Main St., Emmaus, held its fifth annual “Where’s Waldo” event recently with a gala Aug. 5.

Waldo hunters were encouraged to find clues to the elusive red-striped shirt character’s location at participating businesses in the borough prior to the event in order to garner bonus points through patronage.

Children and their parents were then invited to attend the Waldo Gala event, a culmination of their efforts which included a raffle for bookstore prizes and others donated by local businesses, Rita’s Italian Ice, bubbles and chalk in the courtyard and Where’s Waldo activities throughout the building.

Owners Jim and Kirsten Hess planned and coordinated the Where’s Waldo event. Jim Hess, dressed in Waldo garb, made his way through excited clusters of children and parents and spent time greeting patrons on each floor of the bookstore including the “cattic” where resident cats Bernie and Garfield can be found curled up next to a good book.

The stores shelves were chock full of interesting titles for all age levels, from Where’s Waldo to War and Peace.

Unlike searching for Waldo, patrons found easily accessible parking in a large lot to the rear of the store.