Indie Bookstore Day

04/28/2018 - 8:00am

Save the date for Indie Bookstore Day! Fun times will be had across both locations with storytimes at 11a, literary tarot in Jersey City, blind date with a book with purchase, and raffles! We'll have exclusive IBD merchandise from some of your favorite authors and special freebies. And if you sign up for a Libro.fm account for audibooks the indie way, you can get 5 free audiobooks to download! Basically, it's a day designed by the bookish gods. Come play!

All of the events below are free and open to the public. 

Jersey City Events

11a-12p: Come in for the ever popular, utterly wonderful Drag Queen Storyhour with the indominable Harmonica Sunbeam! Children will sign, be read to, and enjoy a craft. Drag Queen Storyhour is provided in partnership with JerseyCity Pride and one of the best things about being a local bookstore is creating a place for these community events to find a home. 

1-3p: Literary Tarot reading with our booksellers Ashanti & Yadira! They'll read your past, present, and future three-card spread and recommend the perfect book for you right now. 

3-6p: Postcard Writing! We'll have wine, writing supplies, stamps, and the addresses of your local and national level political leaders. Write out your requests, rage, hope, whatever comes out after a glass of wine, and enjoy this cathartic protest on us! Writing a postcard gets you a gift bag and enters you into a raffle for our grand prize of the day!

Brooklyn Events

11a: The wonderful author/illustrator Galia Bernstein comes to the Brooklyn store for a special Saturday storytime for her book I Am A Cat! A celebration of both individuality and community, I Am a Cat is a strong debut that shows we’re all more alike than we think . . . if we look closely enough, and is the perfect children's book to celebrate the spirit of Indie Bookstore Day. 

3-6p: Postcard Writing! We'll have wine, writing supplies, stamps, and the addresses of your local and national level political leaders. Write out your requests, rage, hope, whatever comes out after a glass of wine, and enjoy this cathartic protest on us! Writing a postcard gets you a gift bag and enters you into a raffle for our grand prize of the day!

Scavenger Hunt

We're partnering with bookstores around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens for an Indie Bookstore Day Scavenger Hunt! Check out the map below and enjoy special prizes for participating. Each store has a set of tasks to complete by end of day April 28th! Customers who participate in the hunt via social media are automatically entered for a chance to win bookish swag from the 10 participating indies! Winners will be announced on Monday April 30th. Be sure to tag the shops below and use the hashtag #IndieBookstoreDayNYC for a chance to win! 


Brooklyn Book Crawl

It's back! The tradition lives with the third annual Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. Visit as many awesome Brooklyn Indie Bookstores as you can on IBD and then join us for the killer afterparty at Friends & Lovers for a chance to win amazing prizes and bond with other people. Visit at least 3 indie bookstores and tag the store and #BKBOOKCRAWL to enter to win and share the love!