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Discover 6 Indie Bookstores Celebrating #BookstoreDay 2018

Indie Bookstores are considered important parts of our communities, an oasis for passionate readers, a live music space, and a home away from home. Thanks to booksellers around the world, we are all able to escape reality and dive into adventures of heroism, fairytale, or true history. In the spirit of Independent Bookstore Day, we are celebrating all the amazing things they do.

We chatted with a few amazing indies and asked them to share their story.

 

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you? 
Working in an independent bookstore is about delivering friendly, personalized service--something that online megastores can't offer. It is all about making a connection with readers whether they're local, regulars, or travelers from afar.

What makes your store unique?
Established in 1924, New Dominion Bookshop is one of the oldest bookstores in the country. From our Rose Garden behind the shop to our grand staircase, our bookshop blends gorgeous historical architecture with towering walls of books.

What do you think the future looks like for independent booksellers? 
We are in the new golden age of bookstores-- the revival of the local shop! As big corporations become less and less personalized, bookstores will become havens of imagination and individuality. More and more, we will see a return to a focus on the book as beautiful, printed object, with a renewed interest in the aesthetics of binding, typography, and graphic design. In this way, booksellers will eventually become more like docents, your own personal guide to a curated collection of art.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day? 
We will be celebrating with free coffee and cocoa in the morning, our First Annual Rose Garden Tea Party, guest booksellers, special discounts, children's storytimes, Quidditch Cornhole, our Instagram Scavenger Hunt, a literary temporary tattoo giveaway, and so many balloons!

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?
To be an independent bookstore means promoting literacy; encouraging the lifelong enjoyment of reading; conducting our business in a way that nourishes readers, writers, our fellow staff members, and our community; and lastly, to make a profit so that we can continue to employ over 30 people, host free author and author-less events, and give donations to other community organizations.

What makes your store unique?
We have been open for over 30 years, and we have only recently acquired a new owner. Thanks to the former owner, Nancy Olsen, we have deep, very established contacts in the literary world, and as such are able to host over 300 events a year with both debut authors and luminaries such as Charles Frazier.

What do you think the future looks like for independent booksellers?
They will continue to be community organizers and change makers, while forward the platforms of literacy, free speech, diverse and inclusive representation, and education advocacy.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We have a day full of events that include a pop-up cat cafe, several local authors acting as "booksellers for an hour," one Dr. Seuss story time and one Olivia-themed story time with costume character, poets on typewriters offering free poems on the spot, a sidewalk chalk art contest (literary theme), and literary trivia, in addition to giveaways, etc.

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?
Being able to offer personal/engaged customer services and programs to members of our community and beyond, by knowledgeable and book-loving staff

What makes your store unique?
We offer self-publishing and on demand book printing services on our Espresso Book Machine (EBM), we have a cafe, we work closely with our local public schools and carry their core curriculum books, and we have a large selection of gift items - we are a one stop shopping destination!

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with activities for all ages, including a reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month and author appearances in conjunction with Earth Day, plus other author signings and special story times with visits from therapy and rescue dogs. We are also having a book drive for La Canada Flintridge elementary school libraries, lots of give-aways, and a drawing to win a tote bag full of books!

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?
Culture and Community - Sharing the discovery of such an amazing collection of diversity is everything I truly love about being an independent bookseller.

What unique events/programs does your bookstore offer for your community?
We host more than 200 book/author events each year, a monthly game night for all ages and support schools surrounding our community.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We are open 10 am to 10 pm on IBD and will offer a full day of fun for everyone - including: Balloon Popping Deals (Grab a Balloon Discover a Deal), Free Advice Booth (Guest Advisors from all over Old Town Winchester) Open Mic Challenge (Poetry Slam, Slap-Stick Prompts, & More), Estimation Jars (Ping-Pong Balls, Buttons, Bottle Caps), Community Coloring (Join the fun), Exclusive IBD Items, Free Snacks & lots of FUN!

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?
Books have been one of the most important parts of my life since childhood. As a bookseller for 25 years, a published author and publisher, I embrace the world of the book in all its facets.

What makes your store unique?
Port Hole Books is one of the great Oregon Coast bookstores, of which there are only a few left. It is well-stocked with a great selection of books, handpicked by the owner. All in all, this is a fine establishment, in the tradition of the old-timey bookseller.

What do you think the future looks like for independent booksellers?

Brick and mortar bookstores have always been the main gathering places for book lovers to engage their interests. With the growth of online sources, the value of traditional stores will eventually be realized by the public.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We will be offering in-store specials which will be featured on social media.

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?
Being a bookseller means creating and contributing to a book culture that is inclusive, vibrant, and LIT!

What makes your store unique?
We're building the largest collection of multicultural books across all genres on the internet.

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?
Discovering and sharing books with readers of all levels from the novice to the lifestyle reader.

What unique events/programs does your bookstore offer for your community?
We Are LIT is an e-commerce bookshop, however, we do event pop-ups where our inventory is specially curated to connect attendees to their interests.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We Are LIT will be going live on Facebook for a pop-up book shopping event!

Join Our LIVE Celebration

Celebrate with us as we recognize indies all around the country! If your indie bookstore has a social media presence, you can also promote your event using the hashtags #IngramforIndies and #BookstoreDay. Make sure to follow along to find inspiration from other booksellers across the country and check out all our IBD happenings.