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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, and Main Street Books is pleased to participate once again!

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 bookstore this year than there were last year. We’re here to celebrate that fact and the wonderful readers who make it possible for us to thrive.

Check out this year’s programming and exclusive swag, and feel free to call or email the store with any questions:

  • 9:30 a.m. — Free Donut with purchase (while supplies last)

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m — Special story time hosted by Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox

    • This special story time will be part of Currents Kids series, for which MSB partners with Lake Norman Currents

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Craft activity stations with Queen Girls authors Claire Tomkinson and Sol Gonzalez-Fe

  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.Puzzle swap

    • Main Street Books will be accepting puzzle donations from April 15th until April 26th.

    • Receive a ticket for each puzzle you drop off. Spend a ticket on a new puzzle at the Swap.

    • There will be a $5 fee to shop the swap for folks who have not brought puzzles to swap (maximum of one puzzles per $5 shopper); entry fee will be donated to a local nonprofit.

  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Teas and bees with Jodi Helmer

    • Jodi Helmer is the author of Protecting Pollinators, an exploration of the survival outlook of bees and the critical role they play in ecosystems, and Growing Your Own Tea Garden, which offers practical instructions for producing your own teas. Join her at Main Street Books for a tea tasting, insect hotel construction activity, and book signing! This event is free but guests must RSVP by end-of-day Monday, April 22nd.

  • 5 - 7 p.m.Literary cocktails and live entertainment

    • Join the Main Street Books staff in celebrating another Independent Bookstore Day with free literary cocktails, plus performances from Davidson College’s slam poetry group FreeWord and the ever-lovely musical stylings of Jamie Hofmeister-Cline.