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Sat, Apr 29


The Thinking Spot

Independent Book Store Day 2023

One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Join the 10th-year Anniversary of this Celebration! Twin Cities Passport Stamping April 24-29 2023!

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Independent Book Store Day 2023
Independent Book Store Day 2023

Time & Location

Apr 29, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

The Thinking Spot, 3311 County Rd 101 Suite 4, Wayzata, MN 55391, USA


About the event

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else.

Here's what we have in store for you at The Thinking Spot :

  • Exclusive "Independent Bookstore Day" books and items - AVAILABLE April 29th 2023 (while supplies last)


  • Midwest Independent bookstore maps
  • "Independent Bookstore Day" Bookmarks 
  • "I visited an Independent Bookstore" stickers
  • IBD passport stamping in collaboration with 2023 Twin Cities IBD Passport, with a chance to win prizes! Passports stamping April 24th - 29th 2023!

FREE WITH ANY PURCHASE (limit 1 free item per transaction)

  • We Love Indies - Coloring book
  • Warrior Girl Unearthed Metal - Bookmark
  • TJ Klune/House of Cerulean Sea - Stickers
  • Climate Change and your garden - Booklet
  • Making Sunshine - Poster

FREE WITH $50 PURCHASE (limit 1 free item per transaction)

  • Amanda Gorman Book ($8.99 or Free with $50, while supplies last)
  • Bookstore Lover's Birthday Book ($11.99 or Free with $75, while supplies last)

FREE WITH $75 PURCHASE (limit 1 free item per transaction)

  • 2023 Independent Bookstore Day Tote ($14.99 or Free with $75, while supplies last)
  • “Meet Me At The Bookstore” Exclusive Water Bottle ($14.99 or Free with $75, while supplies last)

FREE WITH $100 PURCHASE (limit 1 free item per transaction)

  • Banned Books Puzzle ($18.99 or Free with $100, while supplies last)
  • Your choice of any Advanced Review Copy (while supplies last)

Author Meets and Book Signings:

  • Ben Orlin - Author of our best-selling Math books and Game boxes - "Math with Bad Drawings", "Change is the Only Constant" and "Math Games with Bad Drawings" 
  • Guy Brown - Local TV Meteorologist and author of childrens book "Look up to see what the weather will be".
  • Amanda Henke - Author of "Not a Book About Bunnies"
  • Dani Carlin of local nature pre-school owner and Author of "Whose Toes are those?" 
  • Lee Scholder - Science enthusiast and Author of "Cats are Picassos" - a Cat Haiku collection!

Activities :

  • Science Demo with America's Fun Science 
  • Watercolor Bookmark making with Local Artist Beth Gable
  • Meet Getty - Getty the Golden Retriever will be in-store!!!
  • Story time with Author Amanda Henke
  • Make seed balls with Dani Carlin

Schedule of Activities :

10:30 am - Meet with Getty the Reading Therapy Dog. If you're nice enough, she may let you read to her, and if you promise a treat she may even perform some tricks. Meet this much-loved, gentlest of dogs and start your day out with a smile.

11:00am - Storytime and book signing with Author Amanda Henke, find out why bunnies shouldn't have all the fun!

11:30am - Book signing and make a seed ball activity with Dani Carlin

12:00pm  - Make watercolor bookmarks with Artist Beth Gable

1:00pm   - Butterfly Ornithopter demo and Book Signing with Dr. Fun of America's Fun science.

2:00 pm  - Book signing and meeting with Guy Brown - local TV Meteorologist

3:00pm   - Book signing and math games with Author Ben Orlin

4:00 pm  - Book signing and Cat Haiku reading by Lee Scholder

 7pm-9pm * LATE EVENING SPECIAL * Free Advanced Review Copy * with ANY book purchase!

More to come as we finalize details. Come join the party - anytime you can during the day - and support local Authors and your favorite local independent bookstore!

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