Communities Celebrate Finale of Fifth Find Waldo Local

    The fifth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local wrapped up over the weekend as indie bookstores hosted parties featuring snacks, prizes, and live Waldo scavenger hunts.

    When a Bookstore Is Also a Safe Haven

    Here, reprinted from a recent issue of Publishers Weekly, ABA President Betsy Burton talks about how, in troubling times, bookstores play an important role as a place to gather, reflect, talk, and heal.

    BookPeople’s Steve Bercu Delivers Keynote at Booksellers New Zealand Conference

    Steve Bercu of Austin’s BookPeople delivered the keynote speech at the Booksellers New Zealand annual conference earlier this month, where he talked about why bookstores in the U.S. are thriving despite the challenges they face.

    Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Find Waldo Local Launches July 1

    This July, 250 independent bookstores will participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local, a shop local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA.

    Bluebird Books Debuts Summer Book Bingo for Grown-ups

    Melanie Green, owner of Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, Kansas, has designed a bingo game card for adults, a grown-up version of the store’s summer book bingo for kids.

    Bookmark It Turns to “Experiential” Sales Model

    Bookmark It in Orlando, Florida, recently shifted from selling books at a stall in the local market to renting space and organizing events at other small businesses and in cooperation with area nonprofits.

    The Queens Bookshop Fundraising Initiative Enters Final Month

    Former B&N staffers Vina Castillo, Natalie Noboa, and Holly Nikodem are seeking to raise $70,000 by June 23 to open a general-interest bookstore in Queens, New York.

    Farmers’ Markets and Main Street Businesses: Natural Partners

    Main Street businesses, such as bookstores, that create relationships with their local farmers’ markets can benefit their own bottom lines while contributing to a community environment that nurtures social ties.

    Stacy Mitchell on the New Localism: Time to Up the Game

    In the opening plenary at BookExpo America, small business expert Stacy Mitchell addressed the challenges facing the localism movement and gave an overview of key policy issues and advocacy goals.

    Second Independent Bookstore Day a Hit at Stores Nationwide

    Indie booksellers reported bustling stores, extraordinary sales, happy customers, and soaring community spirit following Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

    New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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    Booksellers Take Independent Bookstore Day Initiatives Statewide

    To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, booksellers in Vermont and New Jersey are launching programs to showcase the range of indie bookstores each state has to offer. 

    Booksellers Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

    Hundreds of bookstores across the nation will participate in Independent Bookstore Day on April 30 with all-day celebrations featuring book-themed refreshments, poetry on demand, animal adoptions, and more.

    Stacy Mitchell to Present Plenary at BEA on the New Localism Challenge: Bookseller Discussion Groups Follow

    Booksellers at BEA are encouraged to join Stacy Mitchell, a nationally recognized expert on small business and healthy local economies, for an insightful plenary talk about the evolution of localism from primarily a consumer movement to one that also includes policy development and political change.

    Spring Forum “New Localism” Video Clips Available

    Three video clips featured in the ABA Booksellers Forum education session “Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do” are now available on the ABA YouTube channel.


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