Calling all book clubs and bookworms: This Saturday, April 27, will mark the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Recognized each year on the last Saturday in April, the occasion represents the perfect time renew your New Year’s resolution to read or jumpstart your summer book list.
Indie Bookstore Day celebrates the locally and independently owned bookstores that keep communities reading. In honor of the celebration, these indie bookstores will host memorable events, including scavenger hunts, live readings, book signings, kid-friendly events and more. They’ll also have exclusive books and literary materials only available on this big day.
Ultimately, Indie Bookstore Day is about more than a good read. It’s about building a better community. As small businesses, indie bookstores fuel the economic engine of local communities. They return money to the local economy, keep profits in the community and employ local workers. They also contribute to local recycling programs, educational initiatives and other community causes.
What’s more, these small retailers provide a valuable refuge within their communities. They create peaceful atmospheres that allow customers to step back from all the hustle and noise that fills today’s modern lifestyle. Visiting an indie bookstore can take you from a busy, on-the-go schedule to a slower-paced, more reflective frame of mind. Whether you need to get lost in a captivating story or focus on learning a new topic, indie bookstores have the products and the places you need.
On Indie Bookstore Day, expect your local bookstore to be a little livelier. Join the one-day fun that honors a year-round refuge by visiting an indie book store near you. Not sure where to celebrate? Find a participating shop anywhere in the U.S. with this helpful online map.