COME IN

Starting on Monday, May 25, you’ll be able to shop the shelves of our store again. We’ll be doing a modified opening to the public by offering 20-min appointment slots or walk-ins for one person/ couple/ immediate family at a time. Masks will be required inside the store, and we ask that you maintain a 6-foot separation from others possibly waiting outside of the store to come in and shop.

ONLINE STORE

Nothing beats the experience of coming into our bookstore, and it sucks that we can’t be open to the public yet, but we make it easy to find everything we’re carrying in the shop — and 12 million books in print — in our online store. We’ll message you when your order arrives, ship it to you, or you can take advantage of our new curbside pickup or home delivery.

Capital Books was founded in April 2019 at 1011 K Street, Sacramento, next door to the historic Crest Theater. It was originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, a vaudeville palace. It later operated as the Hippodrome theatre. In 1949, the building was completely remodeled and revamped to its current form as the art deco Crest Theatre. The Crest Theater has now been flanked by Levinson’s Books (who moved to 10th Street in 1956) and now Capital Books. Our space was built in 1947. (Artwork by Kyle Thaw and Heidi Rojek)

CURBSIDE PICKUP

If you want to get out of the house and come down to our store, we’re offering no-contact curbside pickup. If you’re walking, knock on our door, and we’ll get your bag for you or pull up in front of the Crest Theater (off of the light rail tracks) and honk or call 916-492-6657. We’ll run your bag out to your car.

CHATBOX

During this social-distancing time, it’ll be like having one of us in your back pocket. Think of us as your mobile book concierge. You’ll reach Ross or Heidi, and if we can’t recommend a book, we’ll tap into our staff who specialize in different genres. You’ll find the BRIGHT-YELLOW chatbox on the bottom right side of our website.

 

FIND WALDO: July 1 – August 30

 

Last July, our Find Waldo scavenger hunt around Downtown as a huge hit. Lots of kids, families, and adults had fun hunting for Waldo inside stores and restaurants. Unfortunately, due to COVID,  we’ll have to play a little differently this year.

Here’s what we’ll be doing from July 1 – August 30:

 

  • Download any/all of the Waldo sheets from below. Some are activities for you to have fun with. Others are coloring pages so you can show us how great of an artist you are.
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  • Once you’ve colored the characters, cut them out (with the help of mom or dad — scissors are sharp!) — and place them around your house.
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  • Take a photo of where Waldo, Woof, Wenda, Wilma, Wizard Whitebeard, or Ofaf are hiding in your house. What are they up to? Washing dishes? Reading a book? Sleeping with you? Watching you brush your teeth?
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  • Have mom or dad upload your photos over social media by tagging @Capital Books, #FindWaldoLocal and #WheresWaldo
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  • Support our local bookstore by buying your favorite Where’s Waldo book. We’ve ordered some new ones that are already in the store. Others can be ordered for you to pick up in a few days.
Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

Eleven days. Twenty-three speakers.

 

Weekdays, July 13 – 27, 2020

 

Capital Books is really excited to be sponsoring the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival this year. Due to COVID-19, they’re offering it virtually, which means anyone who isn’t even near Sonoma can hear some of their favorite authors speak. How exciting is that?!

Use the buttons below to learn more about the festival and register for sessions you’d like to virtually attend.

If you decide to purchase any of the authors’ books from the festival, doing so from the page they’ve set up for us will take you to the Capital Books online store.

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

In the mood for a great fantasy but aren't sure which one to pick? Or maybe you're eager for a new sci-fi book but haven't found one that stands out to you yet. Search no more, for here are five new books (and one old favorite) that definitely deserve a place in your...

Great Books for Kids’ Easter Baskets

Great Books for Kids’ Easter Baskets

It's nearly Easter! If you find yourself needing a small break from egg hunts (or just needing the kids to settle down for a minute), take a look at these great books to celebrate Easter and Spring. From Biscuit to Fancy Nancy, there's something for a wide range of...

Spring Graphic Novel Roundup

Spring Graphic Novel Roundup

It's been raining in Sacramento for the last several days, and we have the COVID-19 quarantine going on. It's times like this that beg for book lovers to settle in with a hot drink and an exciting new read. If your eyes are begging for something with more than just...

Stuck Inside? Let’s Cook!

Stuck Inside? Let’s Cook!

It seems inevitable that many of us will be stuck inside during the Corona COVAD-19 outbreak. Whether you find that happening to your family – and you feel well enough to cook – take the opportunity to dive into a new cookbook. You can order groceries to be delivered....

Children’s Books About Friendships

Children’s Books About Friendships

What makes you happy? Rainbows, puppies, hearts, stars, unicorns? How about having a good friend by your side. These wonderful childrens’ books are focused around making friends and what it means to be a good friend to others. Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the...

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Happy One-Year Anniversary!

Happy One-Year Anniversary!

Well, it’s been one year since we opened our doors to the public. The thing I distinctly remember was Ross pushing to open today and me still painting the two window boxes as the Downtown Partnership crew was walking through the door to see what we had created, camera...

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It’s like moving twice a month

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It's amazing how many times this one children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, can be applied to real life. Starting on one project, which leads to a whole new, unplanned-for, project, happens to all of us. Despite our meticulous planning for renovating the space...

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