Main Street Books, along with hundreds of other independent bookstores across the nation, will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27.

Independent Bookstore Day was started 5 years ago to showcase the charm and quirkiness of locally-owned bookstores all over the nation.To celebrate, Main Street Books will be throwing a big ol’ party on the 27th from 11am-4pm. The day will include a variety of activities, prizes as well as a huge chocolate cake.

There will be activities for both children and adults throughout the day. A scavenger hunt - one for kids and one for adults - will take book-lovers of all ages searching across the store. Anyone feeling crafty can make their way to the book loft to make a custom bookmark to take home at the bookmark making station.

Party-goers can look like they really belong at Main Street Books by visiting the Become a Bookseller Selfie Station. If you’re a real party animal you can even keep the party going online by tagging Main Street Books and #BookstoreDay.

The Great Book Swap gives book-lovers the opportunity to share their love of the written word with others. Everyone is invited to bring a copy of their favorite book to give away and then leave with someone else’s favorite book. Each book will be wrapped in a plain brown paper bag, just like the school book covers from childhood, where each person will write why they love their book so much. Then the fun begins as each book is swapped around, leaving with a new owner to discover its joys.

In addition to activities, several generous downtown businesses, such as Old Soul Vintage Attire & Records, The Chill, Relax, It’s Just Coffee and Two Cousins Pizza, have donated gift cards to give away throughout the day. We’ll be drawing names for these prizes every hour. Patrons may put their name in the hat starting Tuesday, April 23.


Like at Record Store Day, a similar celebration, Main Street Books will have Independent Bookstore Day exclusive merchandise such as signed books, IBD tote bags, and more.

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Visit Main Street Books on April 27 for snacks and fun and a chance to win prizes!

The fun doesn’t end with Independent Bookstore Day. There is a lot more in store over the coming weeks.

Friday, May 3rd will feature author and Oberlin professor Abbey Mei Otis. Otis is the author of the short story collection Alien Virus Love Disaster, which came out last fall.

At 6pm Otis will give a reading and discuss her book, followed by a chance to have her personalize copies of her book.

The next author to visit will be Andrew Welsh-Huggins on Friday, May 17. Welsh-Huggins is a Columbus journalist and author. He writes the Andy Hayes mysteries, which follow an ex-OSU and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned private eye. He also will read and sign books, starting at 6pm.

Keep an eye out at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetBooks and at www.MainStreetBooksMansfield.com for information on the bookstore’s other events like Storytime for Kids, Book Club, Crafts for Grown-Ups, Borderlands poetry readings, and more!