Elephant, Piggie, Peppa Pig to make appearances for Independent Bookstores Day
Posted April 26
Updated April 27
Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, a day to celebrate the hundreds of independent bookstores across the country with lots of special events.
Independent bookstores, who are part of the Independent Booksellers of Piedmont North Carolina, have been gearing up for the big day all month. The group is a collaboration of a dozen independent bookstores located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. All month, shoppers have been able to pick up a field guide to all of the group's stores. Book lovers were encouraged to visit each of the shops across the region.
Now, many are planning special events for kids and adults on Saturday and offering special merchandise that's only available on Independent Bookstore Day. Here's what's happening for kids. Follow the links for more details about all of the programs offered at the stores (including many for adults) on Saturday.
10 a.m.: Storytime with special guests, Elephant and Piggie (costume characters). Bring your camera. Ages 3+.
11 a.m.: N.C. picture book author Camille Andros shares her fantastic debut, "Charlotte the Scientist is Squished," for ages 4+. Andros also is a Chatham County mom who I featured when her book came out in March.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Two therapy ponies, dressed as their favorite literary characters, visit courtesy of Stampede of Love, a Raleigh nonprofit dedicated to spreading knowledge about therapy animals.
1 p.m. and 4 p.m.: It’s Golden Books’ 75th Anniversary! In their honor, two separate "Make Your Own Little Golden Book" activity times are planned. It's free, but registration is required for the event as space is limited to 25 kids. Call 919-828-1588 to register. For ages 4 and up.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Quail Ridge Books Teen Advisory Board will share their recommendations for the latest and greatest young adult titles. TAB is also working to promote YA and literacy in the Triangle with a spring book drive. They'll be accepting new and gently used books for teens. Bring your donations Saturday.
Sign-up also begin Saturday for Quail Ridge's summer reading programs for kids ages 5 to 7; 7 to 9; and 10 to 12.
Regulator Bookshop, Durham
10:30 a.m.: A storytime with storyteller Amy Godfrey
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Open Mic at The Regulator. Shoppers are invited to share their favorite poem, passage or Regulator story or memory.
11 a.m.: Special Independent Bookstores Day storytime
11 a.m.: Preschool storytime and craft. Hear stories and take part in an art activity based on the books. Local educator Deanna Privette will guide the art activity. There's a $5 materials fee for the art activity. RSVP via Facebook as space is limited.
The shop also will stay open late until 6 p.m., offering drawings for local restaurant gift cards, totes and more. And the shop's art tables will be set up with a special activity.
10 a.m.: Meet and greet with Peppa Pig
Noon: Little Golden Book storytime with members of the state champion football team.