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Celebrate the first annual Independent Bookstore Day

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Join your fellow book lovers for a day showcasing the best of indie bookselling. Stores across the nation are thrilled to present the first nationwide Independent Bookstore Day. Visit your local bookseller for fun events all day. Meet your fellow book lovers. Share a favorite book, and discover a new one. Celebrate the diversity of books and bookstores that help keep our literary scene vibrant and exciting.

There are great bookstores across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Find an independent bookstore near you


Common Good Books has lined up some great events to help you meet your fellow book lovers on Independent Bookstore Day.

9:00am--Start out Independent Bookstore Day with caffeine or sugar--or both. We’ll be serving up coffee and doughnuts for the first visitors of the day. We’ll also have two pairs of free passes to Nice Ride, so you can visit the other great bookstores in the Twin Cities. Our friends at Moon Palace Books have produced this handy map to help you find them all. Pick up a copy to guide you on your travels.

Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system, and anyone can become a member. Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. Learn more at

noon--Celebrate St Paul’s favorite son with a round of F Scott Fitzgerald Bingo. Sponsored by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, FSFBingo will make you laugh--and learn.

Fitzgerald in Saint Paul is a nonprofit organization devoted to celebrating author F. Scott Fitzgerald as an artist and icon, especially in his hometown, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Through events and educational programs, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul serves as an ambassador to Fitzgerald’s history--in Saint Paul, in literature, and worldwide. Learn more

2:00pm--Join Margaret Aldrich, author of The Little Free Library Book for a walking tour of Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood. Meet other LFL stewards and share your stories; shop for goodies to restock your own LFL at Common Good Books; and get signed, hot-off-the-press copies of The Little Free Library Book.

What started as a simple idea to promote literacy and encourage community has become a movement. Little Free Libraries--front-yard book exchanges--now number more than 20,000 in 75 countries. The Little Free Library Book by Margaret Aldrich tells the history of these charming libraries, gathers quirky and poignant stories from owners, provides a resource guide, and delights readers with color images of the most creative and inspired LFLs around.

4:00pm--Talk about the weather with Mark Seeley. Move beyond “Cold enough for you?” with one of the region’s most respected weather experts.

Mark Seeley is a climatologist and meteorologist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and a regular commentator on Minnesota Public Radio. The  fully revised second edition of the

Minnesota Weather Almanac takes into account the state’s new thirty- year normals (1981–2010), updating records for cold, heat, and precipitation. In a new chapter on climate change and Minnesota’s future, Mark Seeley draws on decades of observations to show trends and consequences of our changing climate-- and highlights ways for us to adapt and to continue to steward the state’s treasured resources.



When you stop by on Independent Bookstore Day, you’ll find some very special treats. Pick up a limited-edition print by Chris Ware, a chapbook by Roxane Gay, a literary map of the Mississippi River, or even a onesie for the budding reader in your house. Quantities are limited, and you can only get these items at your local independent bookstore.


Event date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105