April 25, 2019

Independent Bookstore Day is almost here!


Independent Bookstore Day is on Saturday, April 27th and book crawlers around the country are wild with excitement. Independent bookstores are gems everyday, but we all work hard to make Independent Bookstore Day extra special for our customers. Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco, CA, for example, invited a few llamas to their store for customers to pet and take photos with. Most customers posed next to the llamas with the children’s book Llama Llama Loves to Read. The llamas were so popular, that Bookshop West Portal is inviting them back again this year!

A few years ago, bookstores in Seattle joined together to create a bookstore passport. The first year was a huge success and the stores still work together to create the passports, which customers get stamped when they visit an indie bookstore on Independent Bookstore Day. Customers that collect a lot of stamps receive special discounts and prizes from participating stores.

This year for the first time, 17 Brooklyn bookstores teamed up to create a passport of our own. The passports were designed by the very talented artist Julia Rothman. Look how beautiful the Melville House bookstore looks!!

As a bookstore that’s usually closed on Saturdays, we are especially excited for the day. And although we won’t have llamas, we are partnering with Brooklyn Roasting Company for some pretty amazing freebies, which are outlined below:

Buy 1 book, get a free Brooklyn Roasting drink ticket. Yum!

Buy 2 books, get some stylish Brooklyn Roasting socks.

Buy 3 books, get a snazzy Brooklyn Roasting tote bag.

Bonus: there will be a book zone where book crawlers can refuel, relax and maybe even break into their recent book purchases. 

Bonus bonus: our store is connected to Brooklyn Roasting, so you won’t have to travel far at all for your delicious beverage and a break in the book zone. 

See you on Saturday! We will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM.



Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.