Here’s the latest from our friends at Bookmarks:
WINSTON-SALEMâ€”Bookmarks will celebrate National Independent Bookstore Day with a Groundbreaking and Celebration for its new bookstore and gathering space on Saturday, April 29, at 10 am in the Breezeway at 634 West Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem.
This free event will feature special remarks by Councilman Jeff MacIntosh; a construction-themed story time with childrenâ€™s author Megan Bryant and her picture book, Dump Truck Duck; book sales; and a sneak peek tour of Bookmarksâ€™ new gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore.
Bookmarksâ€™ expansion to its new location at 634 West Fourth St. #110 will include an independent bookstore, a dynamic event and gathering space, Bookmarksâ€™ offices, and the Foothills CafÃ©. Construction is underway with plans to open in Summer, 2017. The parking lot with entry off Holly Avenue has more than eightyÂ spaces.
In January, 2017, Bookmarks joined the Independent Booksellers of Piedmont North Carolina (IBOP*NC), a group of twelveÂ independent bookstores located in the central region of the state dedicated to promoting reading and creating community across Central North Carolina. IBOP*NC is part of a larger, national effort to recognize and celebrate independent bookstores nationwide. Visit www.IBOPnc.com for more information.
Independent Bookstore Day is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. Now in its third year, more than 490 independent bookstores in forty-eight states will participate. Independent bookstore locations have increased nationally from 1,651 in 2009 to 2,311 in 2016. Visit www.indiebookstoreday.com for more information.
Megan Bryant is a former childrenâ€™s book editor who has written more than 250 childrenâ€™s books (including aÂ New York TimesÂ bestseller) for ages ranging from babies to teens. Her forthcoming books include My Easter EggÂ (board book, 2018); and theÂ Pocket GeniusÂ chapter book series. Visit www.meganebryant.com for more information.
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. Their programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in North and South Carolina, an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 7,500 students annually, and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.