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Independent Bookstore Day


Saturday, April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day! Please join Birchbark Books for a full day of prizes and giveaways, music, poetry, dancing, refreshments, and more. Special activities for kids at ARTrageous Adventures. Plenty of fun for the whole family!

  • 11am: The spectacular Ramsey's Braggarts Morris Men will dance.
  • 10am-2pm: Kids! ARTrageous Adventures will host a special May Day Basket making Creation Station as well as a Birchbark Bookmark making project for kids and adults of all ages. Get your face painted from 12 - 2pm with a special visit from our studio Unicorn Fairy and enjoy lemonade and cookies to welcome the spring season!
  • 12:30-3pm (or so): Poetry and music! Alternating short sets from guitarist Jake Vainio, poet Rosetta Peters with musician JG Everest, poet Lisa Yankton, and vocalist Prudence Johnson with guitarist Dean Magraw

Twin Cities IBD Passport: 19 Twin Cities bookstores are participating in the Independent Bookstore Day passport giveaway. Pick up your passport at any participating store and receive a passport stamp at each store you visit on April 27 only. Each stamped page in the passport will entitle you to a special discount on your next visit to that store. In addition, get 5 stamps and activate discount coupons for all 19 stores. Get 10 stamps and enter to win a literary prize pack, chock full of new books and other great prizes! Get stamps from any 15 bookstores, and you'll be entered to win the the grand literary prize pack, which contains all the prizes in the literary prize pack PLUS an additional 19 books chosen by our great independent bookstores! Get stamps from all 19 bookstores, and you'll receive a medal as an Independent Bookstore Champion, which will entitle you to a 20% discount at all of the participating stores until October 1, 2019. For details about the passport and the prizes, please visit the Rain Taxi IBD Passport Page.

Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap: With colorful original illustrations by Twin Cities artist Kevin Cannon, the map features 175 bookstores across the Midwest. Pick up your free map on or after Independent Bookstore Day. During the following year, visit any store on the map, take a photo and post it to social media using the hashtag #BookstoreRoadmap. Every month, one Twitter post will be selected to receive a $25 gift card to any store on the map. On Independent Bookstore Day 2020, one post will be selected to receive a $500 gift card to any store on the map. Details included in the map!

Wherever you may be on Saturday, April 27th, please get out and support an independent bookstore!