Independent Bookstore Day

A celebration of bookstores, books, readers, authors, and the whole bookish ecosystem. It takes place on 1 day at more than 500 individual bookstore all over the country.


Books and Bubbles

9am – We’ll kick off the celebration with tons of bubbles for the kids…and bubbly for parents!


Story Time

10am – There has to be a wonderful story time to help celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Join the ManaTeam for readings from some of their favorites.


Author & Illustrator, Erin Barker

11am – The Blue Manatee is blessed to have Erin Barker as part of the ManaTeam. This talented author and illustrator will delight kids (and their grown-ups) with an engaging look into some of her illustrations. Erin also leads our popular Story Time with Ms. Erin on Tuesdays and Thursdays. AND watch for her new book coming out in the Fall!


Coloring Book Happy Hour

5pm – Who doesn’t love a good coloring book and a fresh box of crayons?! Join us for a drink and some coloring as we close out Independent Bookstore Day.



All day activities….

Independent bookstore crawl

Bring in a receipt from any Cincinnati independent bookstore dated for 4/27/19 and you will get to draw a prize. Prizes include gift cards, tote bags, buttons, books and more!

Sidewalk chalk

Create some art in our alley way. Express what you love about indie bookstores, books, poems, Oakley, whatever you would like. 

Bookstore treasure hunt

We’re hiding some treasures around the bookstore. You will need to have a sharp eye to find the hidden prizes and notes. 


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