20 Fun Ways to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

20 Fun Ways to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day


We spend countless hours in our favorite bookstores, browsing the titles, flipping through the pages, and relishing the feeling of being surrounded by books. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, held on the last Saturday in April, we’ve rounded up 20 fun things to do to celebrate. Join the party at your local indie bookstore!

Join a bookstore crawl

Is your city blessed with multiple indie bookstores? Take a bookstore crawl and visit them all in one day.

Go on a blind date… with a book

You won’t find these books on Tinder. Swipe right on a new book at your local bookseller.

Cosplay as your favorite character

Where’s Waldo? At your bookstore, of course!

Get free audiobooks

Listen up! Libro.fm is joining in the celebration with this sweet deal.

Buy some exclusive merch

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day all year long with these literary items.

Get Seussical

Act swiftly awesome pachyderm” and find out what’s going on at your local bookstore.

Take part in a trivia contest

Can you take a hint? Head to your favorite indie and take part in their festivities.

Stamp your passport

You don’t even need to leave the country for this stamp. All you need to do is visit the best place in the world.

Meet your favorite literary character

Can’t get to Wellesley? No problem. Find out if a character is visiting your local bookseller.

Play games

Let the games begin at your neighborhood bookstore.

Enjoy a book-themed cocktail

Toast to your favorite booksellers. Cheers!

Win free books

Buying books is great, but winning them is even better!

Read. Write. Resist.

The pen is mightier than the sword, especially at your local indie.

Go to a llama party

We encourage you to visit your local bookstore in your pajamas even if they aren’t having a llama party.

Meet your favorite author

It’s always a thrill to meet a beloved author. See who’s coming to a store near you.

Meet the artist

Our tails are wagging over this sweet swag.

Eat pizza

Don’t shop on an empty stomach; see what your local store is serving up.

Go book fishing

The catch of the day is… a book! Hook a live one at your local indie.

Get your cards read

The king, the queen, the knight, and the knave will all be on hand for this reading.

Spread the love!

Log on to your favorite form of social media on Saturday and let your followers know what you’re doing to celebrate by using the hashtag #BookstoreDay.

Myfanwy Collins
Myfanwy Collins is a Massachusetts-based mother, writer, and reader. She has an MA in English Literature and has published two novels and a collection of short stories. As a young writer, her mentor told her that in order to be the best writer, she needed to first be the best reader. She continues to pursue her best-reader merit badge.


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