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Independent Bookstore Day!

Event date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Join fellow book lovers for our Independent Bookstore Day party celebrating what indie bookstores bring to the community! Red Balloon Bookshop and indie bookstores across the country will feature one-day-only exclusive merchandise and family activities all day long. Exclusive items include an original, signed Captain Underpants print; a “Guess How Much I Love You?”-themed onesie; a literary map of Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River journey; a Margaret Atwood stencil and much more. Only limited quantities are available, and are only available on May 2!

In addition to the collector’s merchandise, Red Balloon will have refreshments every hour, a book launch party for Derek Anderson’s Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, joke-telling with David LaRochelle, and more! Join us May 2 to celebrate the ultimate champion of books and readers: the Independent Bookstore!


Full Schedule of Fun!

10:00 am - Exclusive merchandise goes on sale!
10:30 am - Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure Storytime and Book Launch Party (and cake!) with Derek Anderson
12:00-2:00 pm - Face Painting
12:00 pm - Refreshments from Salút (while supplies last)
1:00 pm - Root Beer (while supplies last)
2:00 pm - Cookies from Bread & Chocolate (while supplies last)
2:00 pm - Joke-telling, Laffy Taffy-eating, Book-signing Extravaganza with David LaRochelle, contributor to the IBD exclusive Funny, Ha Ha: Jokes and Riddles from Our Best-Loved Illustrators
3:00 pm - Lemonade (while supplies last)
3:00-5:00 pm - Face Painting

Available All Day:

  • Scratch-off Promotions for the first 200 customers - prizes include gifts cards, signed Divergent Trilogy, book bags, and items from our "Treasure Chest" of goodies!
  • Complimentary Nice Ride Passes for the first 5 inquirers (available now!)
  • "Guess the Book Cover" Game
  • Kate DiCamillo's Most Influential Books
  • The Easiest Scavenger Hunt Ever!

                                                                        ...and more!

For more information on this national event, visit

Exclusive merchandise will include limited quantities of the following:  

Margaret Atwood Stencil and Funny Ha Ha Joke Book

Signed Captain Underpants Print and Signed Hyperbole & A Half Broadside

“Sweet” and "Salty" Literary Tea Towel Sets

A Literary Map of the Seas and Guess How Much I Love to Read “Bunsie”


Roxane Gay Signed Chapbook and Stephen King Finders Keepers Broadside and Huck Finn Literary Map