Indie Bookstore Day

City-Wide Scavenger Hunt

The hunt starts now.

Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day with local shops by participating in the first Indie Bookstore Day Scavenger hunt! Each store has a set of tasks to complete by end of day April 28th. Customers who participate in the hunt via social media are automatically entered for a chance to win bookish swag from the 10 participating indies!

Winners will be announced on Monday April 30th. Be sure to tag the shops below and use the hashtag #IndieBookstoreDayNYC for a chance to win!

Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab

We consider our little Frog + Toad dolls our mascots and they have pride of place in our bookshop. Find them and take a picture with them!
Find one of your most favorite children's books for your own childhood on our shelves and take a selfie with it!

Greenlight Bookstore

Get an original drawing created by a great cartoonist or illustrator! (PLG store only)
Grab a selfie with the Greenlight G -- on a bookmark, window, poster or t-shirt!
Test your knowledge at the Greenlight pub quiz - take a pic of your answer card before you turn it in! (Fort Greene store only)

Books Are Magic

Get a poem from the Poetry Gumball Machine.
Take a selfie in front of the wall mural with your #bookhaul.

WORD Bookstore

Where is the WORD logo in lights? Take a selfie with it!
Take a picture of your favorite Romance book cover in stock.
We have so many bookseller recs! Snag a photo of your favorite on our Staff Picks shelf and grab a WORD bookmark found next to it.

Book Culture

Take a photo of your favorite Book Culture staff pick or blind date book.
Post a short video of you reading a poem from a book in our poetry season and tag the store. #NationalPoetryMonth

Kew & Willow Books

There are animals and woodland critters all throughout the shop. Take a selfie with your favorite and tag us on Instagram!
Grab a Mystery Discount Sticker!
“Say Hey From Queens” - snap a picture of one of our Queens/Kew Gardens greeting cards. Bonus cool points if you buy one and send it to a friend.

Astoria Bookshop

There are tiny hedgehogs scattered around the store - find one!
Bring your favorite book to our Instagram photo frame and take a picture!

Strand Bookstore

Find your favorite Strand tote used for all your #BookHaul days.
There is hidden artwork throughout our store on walls, bookshelves and carts. Find the cheeky graffiti and take a photo.
Find your favorite book in the kids' section. Take a selfie with your shelfie!

Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria

Local artist and neighbor Reynaldo García Pantaleón painted spent months painting the duct that runs across the ceiling of Word Up, dropping in bits of store-based, regional, and global history along the way. Find your favorite part and take a photo.
Encuentra tu libro favorito en la sección de ficción y tómate una selfie

Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center

Follow us @SistersUptown to find our #FavoriteSpringThings post.
On-site look for 1 item on the list which will have a raffle ticket inside and post a pic with that item.
Redeem your raffle at the register for amazing giveaways (books, tees, totes, mugs)

McNally Jackson Prince Street

Find a classic novel that comes with at least three different covers.
Find three books about Fascism that have come out since the 2016 election.
Find a book of art or photography that your high school library would have banned.

McNally Jackson Williamsburg

Take a pen for a test drive and tell us your favorite book.
Catch the biggest mouse in New York.
Take a photo with a novelist from every continent (except Antarctica).