In its fourth year, Independent Bookstore Day celebrates independent bookstores nationwide with literary parties and events around the country.
The Vermont Book Shop's Independent Bookstore Day will feature a 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!
We'll also have giveaways including our Vermont Independent Bookstores Passport, refreshments, EXCLUSIVE 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!
10 am Free doughnuts, coffee, cider
11 am Plant-Your-Own Bee-Friendly Plant activity for kids, featuring seed packets designed for The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner, to support threatened pollinators and bees.
12 pm A Revolutionary Press Letterpress Print your own Julia Alvarez postcard
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. Not before. Not after. Not online. The EXCLUSIVE Independent Bookstore Day day-of merchandise is created by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating works for Bookstore Day.
Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.