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Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

It's that time of year again, where we encourage you to and thank you for celebrating your local, independent, community bookstore! We have a day chock-full of events including:

All day

Stop by anytime to:

  • Purchase Independent Bookstore Day-specific items.
  • See the framed Independent Bookstore Day Proclamation from the City of Raleigh
  • Proclaim your own indie bookstore love with markers on craft paper right outside the store
  • Win a tote bag of books (must be present to win, winners chosen every hour)
  • Participate in a store-wide scavenger hunt (everyone gets a prize!)
  • Check out staff picks! That’s one of the best things about an indie store – personalized recommendations in every topic area.
  • Eat cookies!
  • Visit us online to hear about audio book promotions, receive FREE literary tattoos, and more!


9 am-12 pm: Purr Cup Cat Café

Enjoy a cuppa and pet some kitties! There will be a (contained) area of the store where people are welcome to pet the cats, while an in-store café cart will have coffee and tea available for a donation. The Purr Cup Cat Café is a not-yet-open coffee shop with cats! They do pop-up events around Raleigh to raise money for their café and for the Meow House Cat Rescue, which is where the kitties come from.

9:30-11:30 am: Literary-themed Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Show off your summertime sidewalk chalk skills! Sign up as a team or tackle a design yourself. Each contestant or group will receive an assigned area of sidewalk and box of chalk to create their literary-themed masterpiece between 9:30 and 11:30 am. Voting will begin at 12-noon, either online via our Facebook album or in-store. The winner will receive a store gift card! To participate, email Chelsea@quailridgebooks.com.

10:30 am: Special Storytime with Olivia! (costume character)

Enjoy a special Olivia-themed storytime Under the Tree in the Kids Department. Olivia herself will be making an appearance! For children of all ages.


Lemonade, tea, and cookies will be provided all afternoon! In exchange, we welcome donations for the Community Music School.

1-4 pm TAB Recommends & Temporary Tattoos

Members of the QRB Teen Advisory Board will be in-store to recommend YA titles everyone should read and pass out literary tattoos in exchange for a shout-out on social media! Tweet or post on Instagram about the store, tagging @quailridgebooks, @QRB_Teen, using hashtag #BookstoreDay, and receive a free literary temporary tattoo (while supplies last).

1-4 pm: North Carolina Typewriter Poets

Stop by the poetry section and receive a poem on the spot! Local and North Carolina-based poets will be there to recommend poetry to read, chat about their own work, and create a poem just for you.

1-2 pm: Maureen Sherbondy and Craven Poole 
2-3 pm: J Millar and Dorianne Laux
3-4 pm: Jo Taylor

1-4 pm: Celebrity Booksellers

Each hour features a different celebrity bookseller! They will be recommending some of their favorite books to read and the local authors are happy to sign copies of their own titles.

            1-2 pm: Rupert Nacoste, author/NCSU professor
            2-3 pm: John Kessel, author/NCSU professor
            3-4 pm: Jennifer Dasal, host of The ArtCurious podcast

1-4 pm: Live music provided by QRB staff member, Matt

2 pm: Special Dr. Seuss Storytime & Activity

Enjoy a special Dr. Seuss-themed storytime Under the Tree in the Kids Department. Cat in the Hat hats, whiskers, and noses are provided, as well as a themed activity. For children of all ages.


5-7:30 pm:  Live music provided by QRB staff member, Matt

6:30 pm & 7:30 pm: Literary Trivia with #BookstagramNC Meet-Up

Back by popular demand! We are hosting two rounds of literary trivia, moderated by a #BookstagramNC meet-up host, Sarah, and QRB staff member, Chelsea. Themes for this year’s trivia questions include classic KidLit, Harry Potter (of course), literary quotes, and more! We have all sorts of prizes, including an in-store gift card for the winning team! To sign up (teams of up to 4 people are accepted), email Chelsea@quailridgebooks.com. Bookstagrammers are welcome to participate and to browse the store for pretty pictures to take. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the bar-style snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks provided; BYOB (beer or wine) is allowed for those over 21.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

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