May 2nd is Independent Bookstore Day! In addition to joining the nationwide celebration of books and independent bookstores, Browseabout will also be celebrating our 40th anniversary on that day.
“The entire purpose of Bookstore Day is to celebrate our collective success and thank our customers and the community of readers,” says IBD Program Director, Samantha Schoech. “For so long, the message about indie bookstores was all doom and gloom, but the truth is, there are more indie bookstores this year than last, and more last year than the year before that. Independent bookstores are actually opening around the country. We want people to know that.”
Exclusive books and art pieces produced specifically for participating bookstores will also be for sale. More than 65 authors have demonstrated their support for indies by donating work for these items.
From 7:00 until 9:00 AM, all customers will receive a free cup of coffee. Beginning at 9:00 AM, the first forty customers will receive a free gift with purchase. Also at 9:00, Curious George will be joining the celebration as we read from Curious George Goes to a Bookstore.
From 10:00 AM until noon, face painting and games for kids will be ongoing, as well as appearances from Clifford the Big Red Dog. The Ice Cream Store is providing a special "Well-read" ice cream, which they'll be serving at 11:00.
At 1:00 PM, we'll be holding the official cake-cutting ceremony in honor of forty years of Browseabout, as well as a champagne toast with a special guest speaker.
From 4:00 to 7:00 PM, it's literary happy hour! We'll be featuring a signature cocktail with a literary twist, live music, food, and beer. Throughout the evening, answer book trivia questions to win prizes! NPR's Boomer Babes will be also on-site.