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.
— J.A. Jensen (@mini_bookreview) April 18, 2018
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.
Coming up on #indiebookstoreday , you’ll be able to pick out a Blind Date with a Book if you complete a row of our Bookstore Bingo 📚✨ pic.twitter.com/eppWvPz4Ng
— Rediscovered Books (@rdbooks) April 13, 2018
Cosplay as your favorite character
Where’s Waldo? At your bookstore, of course!
Independent Bookstore Day is April 28th! Anyone who attends IBD in a literary costume will be entered in a raffle for a literary goodie basket 🎟
(Dress your dog up and we’ll consider entering you twice.) #BookstoreDay pic.twitter.com/ydFOjAu8Zk
— brookline booksmith (@booksmithtweets) April 18, 2018
Get free audiobooks
Listen up! Libro.fm is joining in the celebration with this sweet deal.
Create your account today and get these awesome audiobooks for free on Independent Bookstore Day! https://t.co/1zLqLd6WDR #audiobooks #bookstoreday #independentbookstoreday pic.twitter.com/WFdb3mlEPv
— Libro.fm (@librofm) April 12, 2018
Buy some exclusive merch
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day all year long with these literary items.
April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day! Our @BookstoreDay merch this year includes this pouch with @colsonwhitehead quote from his @nationalbook Award speech. Only a couple weeks until you can come by the store to get yours! pic.twitter.com/xx3HGEoWcy
— Solid State Books (@solidstatedc) April 12, 2018
“Act swiftly awesome pachyderm” and find out what’s going on at your local bookstore.
Party with Dr. Seuss on #BookstoreDay, April 28. Find your bookstore here: https://t.co/1Ca5PyzUZ5 #Horton will be there too! @penguinrandom pic.twitter.com/OZAY32c71I
— Bookstore Day (@BookstoreDay) April 19, 2018
Take part in a trivia contest
Can you take a hint? Head to your favorite indie and take part in their festivities.
— Skylight Books (@skylightbooks) April 13, 2018
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.
Here’s info on the Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport. Rally your indie and book-loving friends that will play along and visit as many as possible on 4/28! Valley Bookseller is proud to be part of the fun. https://t.co/NQjxgfZzia pic.twitter.com/x51G8ZiWE0
— Valley Bookseller (@valleybkseller) April 5, 2018
Meet your favorite literary character
Can’t get to Wellesley? No problem. Find out if a character is visiting your local bookseller.
Heard the news? We’ll be celebrating Independent Bookstore day (4/28) with Dog Man! He’ll be here from 11 – 12, so stop by that afternoon and have your picture taken with him! pic.twitter.com/DuRHiTdiCl
— WellesleyBooksYA (@WellesleyBksYA) April 17, 2018
Let the games begin at your neighborhood bookstore.
On Indie @BookstoreDay (Apr. 28) come play Nintendo with @Trent_Reedy and he’ll tell you all about his new book Gamer Army, coming this fall from @Scholastic! To see more of our IBD lineup, look here: https://t.co/pfx2yAXoVq #AuntiesEvents pic.twitter.com/eToeAJIcdd
— Auntie’s Bookstore (@auntiesbooks) April 14, 2018
Enjoy a book-themed cocktail
Toast to your favorite booksellers. Cheers!
“In the category of ‘it’s five o’clock somewhere,’ the staff mixologists will be shaking up book-themed literary cocktails at 3 p.m.”🍹
— Blue Willow Bookshop (@BlueWillowBooks) April 18, 2018
Win free books
Buying books is great, but winning them is even better!
Want to win a signed copy of BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen? Well on Independent Bookstore Day, you can. Visit us on April 28 to enter the free drawing. There will only be three winners. One in each store. ONLY on #bookstoreday. See you there. #indiebookstoreday #IBD2018 pic.twitter.com/a197y4HIZQ
— Tattered Cover (@TatteredCover) April 11, 2018
Read. Write. Resist.
The pen is mightier than the sword, especially at your local indie.
— Changing Hands Bookstore (@changinghands) April 20, 2018
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.
Did you know that hundreds of #bookstores will be having Llama Llama parties on #BookstoreDay on April 28? Here’s a little rendition by @Ludacris to get you in the mood. https://t.co/MyzMNSuNxd
— Bookstore Day (@BookstoreDay) April 16, 2018
Meet your favorite author
It’s always a thrill to meet a beloved author. See who’s coming to a store near you.
We will have author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES @MillerMadeline Live on Instagram at 445pm! She will also be signing copies of her new release CIRCE for Indie @BookstoreDay on 4/28 #atKramers @littlebrown #dc https://t.co/D0H78fyEah
— Kramerbooks (@kramerbooks) April 18, 2018
Meet the artist
Our tails are wagging over this sweet swag.
Our Artist Table on April 28 features Elisha Cooper, who created our adorable Reading Dog t-shirt design ( https://t.co/PfuD44Cra0)! You can grab a shirt as a @BookstoreDay souvenir, and get a one-of-a-kind drawing from Elisha too! Schedule and RSVP here: https://t.co/QStTEtiemE pic.twitter.com/toKJ3oa12A
— Greenlight Bookstore (@greenlightbklyn) April 21, 2018
Go book fishing
The catch of the day is… a book! Hook a live one at your local indie.
This coming Saturday (4/28) is Independent Bookstore Day! Mark your calendars, and when you’re here, be sure to hit the Used Book Cellar to try your hand at used book fishing! 🐟 #BaitExpectations #BookstoreDay pic.twitter.com/DWHqP4JDc7
— brookline booksmith (@booksmithtweets) April 22, 2018