Join the party at your local Books Inc. with special events & more!
Opera Plaza @ 2PM - Pablo Hidalgo, creative executive at LucasFilm Story Group, and author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and co-author of Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded, releasing in April 2016. This event will feature a visit from members of the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion and photo ops with Stromtroopers and Kylo Ren will be a part of the fun! A portion of this event's proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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 Alvarez, 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 – Gift cards and advanced reading copies will be prizes! Who’s your Rad Woman? – Inviting customers to draw and write about their Rad Woman. Stop by the store in the week leading up to Independent Bookstore Day to submit your Rad Woman. Home-baked treats from recent cookbooks. Mmmm!
End of the Day – Cocktail mixer
Throughout the day - Refreshments will be served. Plus, visit the selfie station and pose for a photo placing YOU on the cover of a book!
End of the day - Local business staffers are invited to a mix & mingle featuring refreshments and giveaways.
Morning activities – Coffee & crafts
Afternoon activities – Wine pairing!Taste the perfect wine with the perfect book to go along with it!
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 Dance by 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+)
Berkeley - 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-Z, X 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!
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