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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Founder of Blue Marble Passes Away

Tina and Peter Moore, owners of Blue Marble Books in Fort Thomas. Provided. 
A sad day across northern Kentucky today as the founder of Blue Marble Books, Tina Moore, has died.

Moore was the co-owner of the children's bookstore with her husband, Peter.

Blue Marble Books is a full-service, independent bookseller with a personal commitment to our customers and our community.

They have been in business since 1979 and is renowned for its Great Green Room modeled after Goodnight Moon, Great Teen Room, and Secret Garden area. They have 30,000 titles in store.

A statement from the store:

We have very heavy hearts today. Tina Moore has passed away. As many of you know, she was the founder and co-owner of Blue Marble Books with her husband Peter Moore.

Tina was one of the Tri-State’s most prominent children's literature experts, and friend of a great many children’s book authors and illustrators. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Children's Booksellers (ABC) and was a founding member of the trade organization. She was recognized for her contributions to area literacy with the Silver Gertie Award (1989), and she was named one of the Women of the Year in Northern Kentucky (1995).

We will be closing the store at 3:00 p.m. today, and we will update here with funeral information once we know it.

In lieu of flowers, the Moore family has requested that memorial donations be made to literacy organizations such as the OKI Children's Literature Conference.

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  1. Great great lady, Just loved going the her store. She always knew the perfect book, puzzle or item to get for someone special.

  2. Tina will be terribly missed. We can only pray that the great enterprise that she and Peter began will continue.

  3. What a special lady she was, if you had a question she always had the answer, she could keep kids entertained for hours teaching them the whole time and they had fun. Storytime in the great green room will always be remembered. She will be greatly missed.