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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

April 28, 2018

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

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 authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day.

Map of bookstores across the country participating in Independent Bookstore Day


NEIBA Participating Stores

Bank Square Books, Mystic CT
Bank Street Book Nook, New Milford CT
Byrd’s Books, Bethel CT
Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot CT
RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison CT
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, Middletown CT


Briar Patch, Bangor ME
Children’s Book Cellar, Waterville ME
Fine Print Booksellers, Kennebunkport ME
hello hello books, Rockland ME
Spin our prize wheel with any purchase to win one of 12 magical prizes…Free advance reading copies of books for all…Introvert photo booth…Help us make art to decorate our kids’ section…Book recommendation scavenger hunt…Free audiobooks from Libro.fm…Indie Bookstore Day specials at the coffee shop next door (Rock City Cafe)…And more to come!
Longfellow Books, Portland ME
Print: A Bookstore, Portland ME
Sherman’s Books & Stationary,  ME
Each Shermans bookstore will be having a local author signing. We will also be doing a giveaway drawing for a tote bag filled with book related gifts including a $10 gift card.
Bar Harbor- 1:00 Carrie Jones Time Stoppers 1 & 2, Flying 1 & 2, Spy Who Played Baseball
Boothbay Harbor-  1:00  Jen Blood. The Flint K9 mystery series, Maya Picks a Puppy, and the Erin Soloman series
Camden-1:00  Barbara Kent Lawrence Islands of Time and The Other Island Ben’s Story
Damariscotta- 2:00 Laurie Chandler Upwards First Woman to Solo-Thru Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Freeport- 1:00 John Getchell, Sign of the Apocalypse
Portland- 1:00  Lt. Sean Donaghue and Andrea Donaghue Portland Firefighting


An Unlikely Story, Plainville MA
Andover Bookstore, Andover MA
Belmont Books,Belmont MA
Authors signing their books, and handselling their favorites from 9am-6pm
including Malinda Lo, Victoria Coe, Dick Lehr, Randy Susan Meyers, Jenna Blum, Juliette Fay, Virginia Pye, Steph Burt, Nichole Bernier, Peter Swanson, Joanna Rakoff, Jennifer Haigh, Michelle Hoover, Laura van den Berg, Meredith Goldstein, and Jennifer S. Brown
Store scavenger hunts for both Adults and Kids, which if completed, are worth a discount
A Special IBD drink in our cafe: a White Chocolate Strawberry Latter
A Behind-the-Scenes Tour with some of our staff: “A Day in the Life of a Belmont Books bookseller”
A “Guess How Many Books Are in the Store?” contest which will result in a basket of Celeste Ng’s favorite books, as well as copies of her two novels.
Other Giveaways!
We are part of the Metro Boston Bookstore passport, so we’ll also have a raffle basket including items from all participating bookstores.
Blue Bunny Books, Dedham MA
Emily Arrow Singalong Storytime Concert with Peter H. Reynolds
Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Dedham Community Theatre
A reception and CD signing will take place after the event at The Blue Bunny Bookstore, where Emily’s Singalong CDs will be available for purchase. Walk-in ticket purchases for the concert will be an option, space permitting.
Book Rack (HugoBooks, Inc), Newburyport MA
Bookloft, Great Barrington MA
Broadside Bookshop, Northampton MA
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline MA
Buttonwood Books and Toys, Cohasset MA
Cabot Street Books & Cards, Beverly MA
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
I AM Books, Boston MA
MIT Press Bookstore, Cambridge MA
New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton MA
20% All Regulalry Priced In-stock Books, Select Titles 25-50% off
Cabot’s Ice Cream from 11:30- until we run out! Music provided by local musicians
Newtonville Books, Newton MA
Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA
Papercuts J.P., Boston MA
Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA
Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton MA
Hosting a reading/event with Erica Ferencik, author of “The River at Night,” at 5 pm
Spirit of ’76 Bookstore & Card Shop, Marblehead MA
Storybook Cove, Hanover MA
Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston MA
Wellesley Books, Wellesley MA
We have literary trivia all day, our popular Dr. Seuss Breakfast with green eggs and ham, a Royal Wedding Reception with cake and champagne, a poetry reading party for our kids’ poetry competition plus we are a stop on the Metro Boston Passport.
Whitelam Books, Reading MA
A (self-published) Local Author Showcase.  We have five authors signed up for an hour time slot each, in which they can do a reading/book talk and sell their book at our store.


Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord NH
Innisfree Bookshop, Meredith NH
The Toadstool Bookshops, Peterborough NH
White Birch Books, North Conway NH


Battenkill Books, Cambridge NY
Bookburgh Books, Plattsburgh NY
Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid NY
Party At The Bookstore Plus | 9 AM – 6 PM
Delicious locally made cupcakes for our customers
Launching an Independent Bookstore Day photography contest. Book giveaways throughout the event. One lucky winner gets a $25 gift certificate to The Bookstore Plus. Children’s author book signing event. Audiobook giveaways from Libro.fm, the digital audiobook platform for independent bookstores.  When you sign up for Libro.fm you will receive a free 20% off coupon.  Signing up is free.
Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook NY
11am – Reading with Children’s Author Susanna Hill  – When Your Lion Needs a Bath, When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles, When Your Llama Needs a Haircut
12pm – Seuss-a-bration – FREE Tattoos and Trivia Journals for the first 50 participants!
1pm – Bag O’Books Raffle – Children’s Books
3pm – Bag O’Books Raffle – Adult Books
ALL DAY! Literary Tattoos – For Adults and Kids!
Oblong Books & Music, Millerton NY
Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck NY


Barrington Books, Barrington RI
Books on the Square, Providence RI
Island Books, Middletown RI

Bear Pond Books, Montpelier VT
Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne VT
Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick VT
Goodies, raffles, story time with a local children’s author, poetry table and MAYBE the grand opening of Daisy Raven Comics (a micro comic book shop inside the Galaxy Bookshop.)
“Grannie” Snow will be at the store from 10:00-12:00 reading books from her “Silas and Opal” series
Next Chapter Bookstore, Barre VT
Northshire, Manchester Center VT
Norwich Bookstore, Norwich VT
Phoenix Books, Essex Junction VT
Phoenix Books, Burlington VT
Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury VT
The Vermont Book Shop’s Independent Bookstore Day will feature Plant-Your-Own Bee-Friendly Seeds activity for kids, a $50 Vermont Book Shop & Ollie’s Other Place Gift Card drawing, and a letterpress pop up shop with John Vincent of a Revolutionary Press where you can print your own Independent Bookstore Day postcard! PLUS free doughnuts, coffee, cider, Vermont Independent Bookstores Passports, Independent Bookstore Day merchandise, FREE Libro.fm digital audio books, and we’ll be giving away our brand new Book Nerd mug with purchase over $50!
Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock VT



April 28, 2018