Saturday, April 27, the independent bookstores of Corvallis will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, or IBD. The American Booksellers Association, Ingram, and Random House, which began this event in 2014, have now been commemorating indie booksellers around the nation for five years. This includes all independent, non-franchise bookstores. Independent bookstores, nationally and locally, will be holding special gatherings to celebrate the services they love to offer, as well as the communities that support them. Grass Roots, Book Bin, and Browser’s will be taking part in this celebration, and you won’t want to miss the activities and sales they have planned.
Grass Roots, located at 227 SW 2nd St, founded in 1971, is one of the longest owned indie bookstores in the U.S.. Grass Roots will have exclusive, limited edition books and literary merchandise that will only be available the day of IBD. They will also be having sales on some of their merchandise: bargain books will be buy two get one free, jigsaw puzzles will be 25 percent off, and there will be discounts on Grass Roots T-shirts. Additionally, there will be free book giveaways and a scavenger hunt in which you can win a free book or coupon for the store. Refreshments will be provided.
At 121 NW 4th St, Browsers Bookstore will be celebrating by offering customers a 20 percent discount and giving 30 percent of gross sales from the day to their employees. By doing so, we as a community will be given the opportunity to give back to hardworking independent bookstore associates.
Book Bin is located at 215 SW 4th St, and it will be holding a plethora of events on Independent Bookstore Day. Activities include three author events, book crafts and trivia, a scavenger hunt, “blind dates with a book,” coloring for kids, a tour of a new book room at the store, live music, and plenty of time for reading. The fun starts at 9 am and will last until the late evening.
Don’t miss out on Independent Bookstore Day — a time to celebrate reading and support local independent businesses.
-By Cara Nixon