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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day This Saturday With 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl

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Community Bookstore and Tiny the cat will be part of the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl this Saturday, April 30. (Photo by Lauren Gann)

Here’s a holiday to get Brooklyn book lovers to rejoice.

On Saturday, April 30, Independent Bookstore Day will be taking place throughout the country. According to the official site, 400 bookstores will be participating from coast to coast.

To celebrate our borough’s love for books — the ones that you can dog-ear rather than download — more than 20 stores in the county of Kings will be participating in the the 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl.

The crawl is a self-guided tour to your beloved literary hotspots as well as the new ones that you’ve been meaning to seek out. And with enough bookstore stop-ins, you may just win some prizes. So here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit any 5 or more of the participating bookstores. Note: To enter the drawing for the grand prize, you must include at least 5 sponsoring bookstores in your crawl. To enter the drawings for the other prizes, you can visit any 5 (or more) stores.

2. Complete each store’s designated scavenger hunt task and post a picture on social media. Be sure to use the #bkbookstorecrawl hashtag and tag the store’s account. Tasks will be announced on this website just prior to April 30, and will also be displayed at sponsoring bookstores.

3. Browse the store! We’re here to get to know Brooklyn’s independent bookstores, after all.

4. Come back to this website and fill out a form with links to your 5 scavenger hunt posts. The form will be accessible from the morning of April 30 until the following day.

Park Slope and Gowanus boast four of those bookstores to crawl to, so make sure you put our fantastic neighborhood heroes on your list to visit:

Community Bookstore
Where: 143 7th Avenue (between Garfield Place and Carroll Street)
Hours for The Crawl: 9am-9pm

Powerhouse on 8th
Where: 1111 8th Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)
Hours for The Crawl: 10am-7pm

Morbid Anatomy Museum
Where: 424 3rd Avenue (at 7th Street)
Hours for The Crawl: 12pm-8pm (museum open until 6pm)

Terrace Books
Where: 242 Prospect Park West (between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue)
Hours for The Crawl: 11am-8pm

Have more questions? Visit the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl website for more information.

Enjoy the crawl! And you won’t need to submit a book report for this one.

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