Independent Bookstore Day (4/29/17)
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to fun events, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.
Independent Bookstore Day Schedule* -- Saturday, April 29th
*This schedule is subject to change.
10 am to 11 am Maisy Goes to the Bookstore Bingo
Grab a card and see if you can win bookstore bingo. For young children.
10 am to 2 pm Make Your Own Little Golden Book
Help us celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little Golden Books. Grab a blank book, some stickers, and crayons, and make your own story to take home. While supplies last. For all ages.
11 am Poky Little Puppy Look-Alike Contest
Think your dog has what it takes? Pooches to assemble at 11 am to receive their entry numbers. Pooches will parade from Country Gals to Hubbard Hall and back. Sponsored by Battenkill Books and Cambridge Valley Veterinary Hospital (CVVH). One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Battenkill Books and a $25 gift certificate to CVVH. To register your dog, email your name and your dog’s name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 pm Africa Book Project
Kate Reid will discuss her recent trip to Kenya and her project that aims to provide 750 books for pre-school classrooms in Nairobi.
2 pm to 6 pm Galley Alley
Choose an advance reader copy of your choice. Free with any purchase.
All Day Window Dressing
Community members will take to our windows to read publicly and proudly. Come by to see who is dressing up our windows!
All Day Little Golden Book Selfies
Put yourself on the cover of a Little Golden Book. Selfie frame provided.
All Day Independent Bookstore Day merchandise for sale
We will be selling a few exclusive items this year on Independent Bookstore Day. These will be available in VERY limited quantities, first come, first served:
A Literary Cocktail Party, $16.99
Welcome to the country’s best literary cocktail party. This fun and useful book contains funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub.
"Lost & Found" Original Print by Jenny Lawson, $17.99
This original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her forthcoming activity book You Are Here (Mar. 17). The pro-books, pro-reading design is printed on archival, gallery quality paper and can be framed and hung as is or used as a large-format coloring poster. It is not included in the book and will become a must-have for her legions of fans.
An Author's Best Friend Canine Canvas Pouch, $14
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak. All hand drawn especially for IBD. Cute!
Literary Tea Towels, $22
This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes: “ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, IF ONE HAS NOT DINED WELL.” – VIRGINIA WOOLF, A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN “I HATE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT MEALS. IT IS SO SHALLOW OF THEM.” – OSCAR WILDE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST The bold, graphic design is by Evan Robertson of Obvious State.
Elephant & Piggie "Read" Onesie, $22
This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems’ wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles. Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his “Elephant and Piggie” books.
Got Character? Card Game, free
The Got Character? card game uses classic and contemporary characters from Macmillan’s bestselling and award-winning titles like Bad Kitty and Tikki Tikki Tembo to update Go Fish. Large cards are made for little hands.
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, free
A short story about a girl camping out to see the new Star Wars movie who unexpectedly meets an unlikely someone who might truly understand the way she feels. Charming and romantic. Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning author of the adult novels Attachments and Landline and the YA novels Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Carry On.