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Bookshop Santa Cruz Independent Bookstore Day Events 2018

Independent Bookstore Day 2018 at Bookshop Santa Cruz is a daylong celebration of books, community and ACTIVISM. This past year in our literary world has featured a vibrant reclamation of political power by talented artistic and literary voices of every creed. Bookshop has picked up that banner with a series of locally-focused programs, events, and fundraisers; and Independent Bookstores across our nation have served this year as powerful champions of political engagement and solidarity between neighbors. On Saturday, April 28th, we celebrate the activist spirit in literature during our 5th annual INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY.

Do you have a favorite literary feminist? Are you or do you know a youth-activist? Do you like free prizes? Curious about composting? JOIN US!

Our full Independent Bookstore Day Schedule:

9 AM -- Verve Coffee & Exclusive Items Kickoff

For those who must be first in on Independent Bookstore Day, grab a free cup of coffee from local coffee roasters Verve and as you peruse this year's exclusive items. These exclusive, limited edition products are created specifically for Independent Bookstore Day. Get here early to get your exclusive items before they sell out! View this year's exclusive items here.

10 AM -- Literary Feminists Photobooth: Which Literary Heroine Inspires You?

Show off your indie bookstore pride with our cool props and your smiling face. This year’s booth has a LITERARY FEMINIST theme… come in your best feminist attire, bring a costume, hold a book, or carry a sign that represents your favorite feminist heroine in literature. The most creative entries submitted will have the chance to win cool prizes, and be featured on our social media. Let’s show Ms. Atwood, Hermione and Jane that they taught us well! Opening ceremony begins at 10am with a reading.

11 AM -- "Act Up" Mayor’s Community Read: Student Civic Participation and Letter-Writing with Mayor David Terrazas!

Santa Cruz Mayor David Terrazas will host a student civic participation hour, inspired by the book Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You by Marley Dias. Mayor Terrazas will share with us his early experiences as a youth activist writing letters to make change, and will lead kids through their own letter-writing activity with the help of educators from the Young Writers Program. This event will include fun projects built around civic engagement for those young people who care deeply, advocate passionately, and just can’t wait to vote.

2 PM--  Books & Bugs: Natural Stewardship through Bugs and Dirt!

Activism starts with the ground we stand on and the Earth we love! Join us alongside local nonprofits to learn about stewardship of the very dirt beneath our toes. The Santa Cruz Community Compost Co. will be here to teach us about their haul-by-bike composting program, and composting services within Santa Cruz county. Additional educational materials are provided by Life Lab of Santa Cruz. And, for those of you who like things that squish, slime and fly, we will have an interactive educational table on BUGS from the Seabright Museum of Natural History. 

7 PM -- Literary Trivia 2018: The Return of Thomas Todd

Local triviamaster Thomas Todd returns to town for one-night only to host our annual Literary Trivia! This glorious trivia tradition is sponsored by our friends at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Arrive early to get your table; pre-registered teams have priority seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teams of 4-7 can sign up by email to the following address: BookwormSmackdown2018@gmail.comBrush up on your book-smarts and sign up early!



All-Day Fun:

Activities are available to all 9 AM - 5 PM at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Items, Libro.FM Audiobooks, & the Book Lover Quest available 9 am - 11 pm while supplies last!

Literary Feminists Photobooth: This DIY photobooth will open with a special reading at 10 am, and be available for free to all until 5 pm. Dress up and take a picture - post it on social media to be reposted by our accounts and enter to win special literary prizes.

Prize Wheel: Earn your chance to spin and win great Bookshop prizes with the purchase of any Independent Bookstore Day item, or any book purchase of $30 or more by a Readers’ Club member. Open 9am-5pm while prizes last; adult and kid prizes available.  

Literary Scavenger Hunt: Challenge (and amuse) yourself for a chance to win a $20 Bookshop gift card. Children’s version also available.

Free Digital Audio Books from Libro.FM: For Independent Bookstore Day, Libro.FM is offering five complimentary digital audiobooks, plus two incredible samplers to visitors to independent bookstores on April 28th. These free downloadable audio books include Tangerine by Christine Mangan, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Paris Secret by Karen Swan, The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole, and Brain Rules for Aging Well by John Medina, as well an audio story sampler from Penguin Random House, and an audio story sampler from MacMillan. Visit Bookshop on April 28th, Independent Bookstore Day, for details on how to claim your free downloadable audio books - and visit to find out about your local, independent alternative to downloadable, digital audiobooks.

Book Lover Quest: Visit Bookshop Santa Cruz and 9 other participating Northern California independent bookstores between April 1 and April 28th, have them sign off on your Quest Form, and turn it in to an independent bookstore on April 28th, Independent Bookstore Day, to be entered to win over $1000 worth of books selected by your local, independent booksellers - plus additional prizes throughout the Quest! Pick up a form at Bookshop Santa Cruz today, or read more and download one here.