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Independent Bookstore Day!!

The annual, national celebration is this Saturday, April 30, 2016! Check out the amazing list of events going on in our stores throughout the Bay Area:


Opera Plaza:

- 2 PM: Meet the creative excutive at LucasFilm Story Group and author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual DIctionory, Pablo Hidalgo, vist with memebers of the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion, and take pictures with Stormtroopers and Kylo Ren!! *A portion of this event's proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation!


Laurel Village

Morning Activities: Learn How to Draw with local artists Jorey Hurley, author and illustrator of Hop, and Christie Matheson, author and illustrator of Touch the Brightest Star! (Ages 5+)

Afternoon Activities: Kid's Writing Workshop with Jennifer Lynn Alvares, author of the Guardian Herd series! (Ages 9+)

Throughout the day: Find the Duck & Goose Game for kids! (Ages 3+) Literary Trivia Game for Adults- Give cards and advanced reading copies will be prizes! Who's Your Rad Woman?- Inviting customers to draw and write about thier Rad Woman. (Stop by the store the week leading up to Independent Bookstore Day to submit your Rad Woman. Home-baked treats from recent cookbooks. MMMM!

End of the Day: Coctail Mixer!



Throughout the day- Enjoy refreshments while snapping a selfie that will place YOU on the cover of a book! 

End of the day: Local business staffers are invited to a mix & mingle featuring refreshemnts and giveaways!


The Castro

Morning Activities: Coffee & Crafts

Afternoon activities  Wine pairing!Taste the perfect wine with the perfect book to go along with it!


Palo Alto  

1:00 PM  Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for Story Acting! Using familiar stories, improvisation, and creative movement, children leap into action as story characters! Classic children’s books are used to teach children how to use their bodies and voices to create fun and familiar characters. (Suggested ages: 4-6. Duration: 30 minutes. Space is limited please sign up at Books Inc. Palo Alto.

4:00 PM – It’s going to be a honkin’, quakin’ good time with Duck & Goose Storytime! We’re celebrating the latest Duck & Goose story, Duck & Goose, Let’s Danceby Tad Hills, with a special storytime featuring Lauren Savage. Lauren will perform the song that she wrote for the newest Duck and Goose book “Duck and Goose Let’s Dance.” (Ages 3+)

Throughout the day – Raffle giveaways including two tickets to a Children’s theater production. Plus, a Selfie Station and Poetry station!

Evening activities - Cocktail mixer



11:00 AM – BATTLEBO TOURNAMENT! BattleBo is a fun and exciting game, using Roshambo as the choosing method. Players compete, heads up or in multi-player tournaments. Victory is declared when player captures opponents castle! Join in on this fun, fast moving game for a chance to win exciting prizes! Click here to register.

3:00 PM – Author Jane Havemeyer from local publisher Goosebottom Books is joining us for a reading of their critically acclaimed kid’s biography series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames. With focus on the great, yet rarely written about women of history, these books are great for girls and boys to expand their knowledge and horizons!


Mountain View

3PM - It’s going to be a honkin’, quakin’ good time with Duck & Goose Storytime! We’re celebrating the latest Duck & Goose story, Duck & Goose, Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, with a special storytime reading from Auntie Dori! Themed activities and giveaways will be a part of the fun. (Ages 3+)



Throughout the day: Become your favorite literary character with Berkeley's literary themed photobooth, LitBooth! Props and accessories will be provided for customers to transform themselves into Harry Potter, Gandalf, The Cat in the Hat, and more!



11:00 AM –  Local writer and rad woman Kate Schatz joins Alameda in celebration of the limited editioin Independent Bookstore Day vinyl, X is For . . . Performed by Bouquet B/W The Letter X. An awesome companion to the hit book, Rad American Women A-ZX is For  features Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Alice Bag, Charlene Yi, and many more rad women!

2:00 PM –  Join in on the coloring book trend with a brand new take that is sure to become a favorite with Alameda's Paint-By-Sticker Hour! As in paint-by-number, each template is divided into dozens of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular colored sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next it s an activity that’s utterly absorbing as you watch a painting emerge from a flat black-and-white illustration to a dazzling image with color, body, spirit. Stickers and templates will be provided. Fun for kids and adults!


On top of all of Books Inc.'s events, there will also be special products only sold in Indie Stores on Independent Bookstore Day!!

Early bird gets the worm!



To quote Buzzfeed "The First Photos Of Neil Patrick Harris As Count Olaf Have Surfaced AND OH MY GOODNESS"

Seriously. Neil Patrick Harris is unrecognizable and we cannot wait for this series to air. 

Click the image below to see Neil's transformation.












In the meantime we'll be re-reading the series!


Children's Book Week Events!

During the week of May 2-8th, Books Inc. will be celebrating Children's Book Week throughout the Bay Area. "Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!" Check out their website for more information!  The following is a list of the events we're hosting in our stores, we hope you stop by to help us celebrate!

Monday, May 2, 2016:

At Books Inc. Burlingame

Celebrate children’s book week with co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, television and movie producer, and bestselling author Lin Oliver in celebration of Danger! Tiger Crossing and Splat! Another Messy Sunday. The first two books in her thrilling new middle-grade series, Fantastic Frame, Lin’s new series will immediately suck readers in with its combination of a fast-paced adventure and full-color art this time in the style of pointillism! Audience Q&A and a book signing will follow Lin's talk and reading.

At Books Inc. Laurel Village

Celebrate Children's Book Week with not one, but TWO talented author / illustrators! Mike Curato will be joining us in celebration of Little Elliot's latest adventure,Little Elliot, Big Fun; and Ruth Chan will read from her adorable debut picture book, Where's the Party?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016:

At Books Inc. Alameda

Celebrate Children's Book Week with New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Mylnowski and the ninth installment in her fantastic Whatever After series, Genie in a Bottle! Abby and her little brother, Jonah, have a magic mirror in their basement that takes them to different fairy tales -- which they always wind up messing up. But sometimes, it's for the better: Snow White doesn't eat the apple, Cinderella gets a job she loves, etc. In this enchanting ninth installment, the siblings fall into the story of Aladdin. They're excited to be in this world of magic carpets and genies ... but making three wishes isn't so easy, and soon hilarities and hijinks ensue! These books are feminist fairy tales for a new generation.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

At Books Inc. Mountain View

May the 4th Be With You!

Join Auntie Dori for a special Star Wars themed storytime with a reading from Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories. Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes! (Up to age 11) 

Refreshements will be served.

Thursday May 5, 2016:

At Books Inc. Opera Plaza:

In conjunction with Children's Book Week Not Your Mother's Book Club™ proudly presents a night full of good vs. evil, love and loss, and thrills and chills with Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three ThingsJeff Zentner, author of The Serpent KingLaura McNeal, author of The Incident on the Bridge; and Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners.

Saturday, May 7, 2016:

At Books Inc. Mountain View

Celebrate Children's Book Week at Books Inc. and meet everyone's favorite cat, Bad Kitty at Books Inc. Mountain View! Auntie Dori will read from an assortment of the hilarious series by Nick Bruel, and themed activities and snacks will be provided. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016:

At Books Inc. Burlingame

The SECOND SUNDAY BOOK CLUB will hold its first meeting! Join Burlingame for a parent & child orientation to welcome members into their brand-new, middle-grade book club!