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08 Apr

Find Waldo Local Postponed Until July 2021, With Digital Version in 2020

Although the physical campaign is on hold, Candlewick and the American Booksellers Association are working together to create a turnkey digital Waldo scavenger hunt for independent bookstores to host this summer.

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24 Mar

“Wall Street Journal” Ad Aims to Boost Consumer Support of Local Businesses

The March 20 ad highlighted six ways to help keep neighborhood shops in business through the coronavirus outbreak.

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24 Feb

March 1 Deadline to Register for 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The campaign, which runs the entire month of July, brings together small business communities across the nation in hosting scavenger hunts for the striped and bespectacled picture book character. 

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12 Feb

Registration Deadline March 1 for 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The campaign, which runs the entire month of July, brings together small business communities across the nation in hosting scavenger hunts for the striped and bespectacled picture book character. 

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27 Jan

Registration Underway for the 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

ABA member stores have until Sunday, March 1, to sign up for the campaign, which is co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA. Participation is capped at 250 stores.

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24 Jan

Register Now for the 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

New this year, booksellers will receive a special mini Waldo standee, dressed just a little differently from the others to see if eagle-eyed Waldo searchers can spot the difference.

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14 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Ninth Year Begins January 22

Candlewick will once again provide 250 host bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to launch a Find Waldo Local event in their communities.

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04 Dec

In 2019, Indies First on Small Business Saturday Proves a Success Once Again

Independent booksellers across the country hosted celebrations for this year’s Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 30, with the typical fun festivities, sales and discounts, and author events to kick off the holiday shopping season. 

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19 Nov

Midtown Reader Aims to Connect With Customers in the Age of Alexa

In celebration of the store’s third anniversary, Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, partnered with a local production company to create a short video called “Ask Alexis.”

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13 Nov

D.C. Council Holds Public Hearing on Small Business Financial Assistance

The D.C. Council’s Committee heard testimony from small business owners and small business advocates who spoke to issues including the rising cost of rent and property taxes, the lack of small commercial spaces available for small businesses, and consumers’ shift to large chain retailors and online shopping.

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12 Nov

In Advance of Indies First, ABA Resources Can Help Booksellers Promote the “Shop Local” Message

"I see it as critical to our long-term survival that our customers understand what’s going on, and that they buy into the value of helping sustain local stores by ‘voting’ with their book dollars," said Bookends and Beginnings owner Nina Barrett.

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11 Nov

Love Your Bookstore Challenge Currently Underway

The second annual Love Your Bookstore Challenge is currently in progress and will last until Friday, November 17.

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05 Nov

Love Your Bookstore Challenge Starts November 8

The second annual Love Your Bookstore Challenge will take place from Friday, November 8, to Saturday, November 17.

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05 Nov

This Indies First, Sign Up to Appear on the 2019 American Express Shop Small Map

American Express Card-accepting bookstores can sign in to their AmEx merchant account to learn more about how to get listed so that consumers can browse the Shop Small Map and find their store.

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09 Oct

Indie Booksellers Talk Strategies for Partnering With Fellow Local Businesses

Bookselling This Week recently spoke with three independent booksellers to learn about the different ways bookstores can make contact and establish partnerships with other area businesses.

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