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Indie Bookstores Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

For decades, Indie Bookstores have been a sacred place for communities to gather and visit in order to read, listen to a music performance, or just a safe place to be. On Independent Bookstore Day, April 27th, we celebrate those who help to keep Indie Bookstores open and running for the dedicated readers all over the world. Join us in celebration by supporting your local Indie Bookshop.

While you mark your calendars to attend your local bookshop’s celebrations, read on to hear about a few of our outstanding indies and how they will spend their #IndependentBookstoreDay!

The Book House

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

Being a safe creative space of story and inquiry where everyone is welcome.

What makes your store unique?

Independently owned since 1986. With over 250,000 New, Used, Rare and Unusual books in a unique artistic and cozy space.  

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

Meeting with so many wonderful and interesting people in our community.

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

Great!

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?

We will be participating in the local bookstore Passport contest for customer to win prizes.

Also Book signings - Jackie Nielson - the Power Within for young adults, craft and coloring activities for all ages.  Open Mike poetry and music and, of course, special IBD merchandise and giveaways!



Mystery Loves Company Booksellers


What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

The opportunity to curate and present the best of books today by international, but especially local authors to educate and amuse.

What makes your store unique?

28-year-old mystery genre plus book store in a gorgeous, unique 120-year-old bank building with a vault and a waterside view.

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

Being around books and our fabulous customers.

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

Strong future with the right mix of support and community involvement.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?

This is Oxford Day, our biggest day where the town swells from 700 to 3000. There’ll be parades and food all over town, free skipjack rides, and we'll feature two local authors, Amy Schlisher and Maya Corrigan. There will be S'mores.

 

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore


What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

Having worked for two major bookstore corporations, now owning my own store means the only stakeholders I'm beholden to, are the members of the community I serve.

What makes your store unique?

Our store exists in a village that appears to be preserved in time from a few generations ago, with that added benefit of a scenic view of Chautauqua Lake.

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

I used to work in politics, and running a bookstore is the best part of politics, community engagement, with none of the stigma.

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

I think online stores will continue to make it harder for big box stores to compete. But small independent bookstores will continue to thrive as people will crave having the personal experience walking into a real store provides.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
Independent Bookstore Day coincides with the 10 Year Anniversary for Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. We will have a number of the IBD exclusive items, giveaways, and we started promoting the event on Monday, April 1, with an EPIC video highlighting the village and our store's place in it.



The Book Haus

What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

Opening this store has been a dream come true!! Our community did not have a bookstore, so it was so important to get books into the hands of the community!

What makes your store unique?

We not only offer books but fun family events to the community!

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

Watching the smiles of the babies during story times and the many many thank you I get for opening the store.

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

I think the future is bright for independent booksellers.  More and more people are reading and wanting a local hub to connect and share ideas, which an independent bookstore is the ideal place for that.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We are planning a huge event as it falls along with our one-year anniversary of our store!



Mitzi’s Books


What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

Being an independent bookstore means we have the freedom to cater to our community from the books and gifts we carry to the events we hold. We know our customers and what they want to see in our store, and we work hard to give it to them.

What makes your store unique?

Mitzi's Books, located in thriving downtown Rapid City, SD, holds both the charm and atmosphere of a classic bookstore and the selection of a well-curated modern store. We strive to bring the best of both world as to our customers.

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

There's no better feeling than hearing from someone how much they loved a book that you personally recommended to them! Connecting readers to authors is one of the most fundamental and rewarding parts of being a bookseller.

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

Booksellers will continue to be the link between readers and the books seek. No algorithm or formula can ever truly replace that.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?
We'll have snacks, games, and prizes but we're most excited for local author Sandra Brannan who will be donating a copy of every children's book that sells during the morning of Independent Bookstore Day.
 

The Neverending Bookshop


What does being an independent bookstore mean to you?

Everything! It's a way to connect with my community through my favorite thing - books! My shop exists not just as a retail space, but as a place where imagination is lauded, and people are made to feel safe.

What makes your store unique?

I do. I'm the owner and only employee. I've been in the bookselling industry since I was 15. That's 20 years this year! I love what I do so much. Helping someone find that perfect book brings me so much joy.

What is the most rewarding part about running a bookstore?

Finding books that people are excited about, that they want to read. Being able to provide unique programs/book groups/story times to my community.

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

Bigger and brighter every day! I think maybe we might even save the world from mega corporations. You know, Captain Marvel style.

What are your plans for Independent Bookstore Day?

I'll have some of my volunteers helping out for the day, local authors in the shop all day long handselling books, and a local band from 4-5 p.m. performing folky booky songs. I'll also be participating in the Seattle Bookstore Day challenge.

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