Independent Bookstore Day

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Join us on Saturday, April 27th for Independent Bookstore Day!

A fun day of celebrating our indie bookstores and the people who run them and love reading!

What better to start our Independent Bookstore Day celebration than to share it with the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street.
After all, Sesame Street is about the people (and furry monsters!) in the neighborhood, and the community that brings everyone together - just like watchung booksellers.

10:30 Sesame Street storytime and activity

          Hope to see lots of little Elmos and Cookie Monsters in the audience!


  Hope to see you on Saturday, April 27
        children's storytime and activity,
        exclusive IBD bags (they're SO nice) and special IBD merch,
        and special member privileges and lots o' fun activities. 
        Pop by!!!!


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. Not before. Not after. Not online.

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.

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”

― Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books


Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event address: 
54 Fairfield St.
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042