Last year in May, independent California bookstores celebrated their businesses and style by hosting a variety of parties. Some had art pieces installed, many sold special edition books, a few even had authors come in and do oddball non-author things. The event was so successful that it's becoming a nationwide tradition, and Kids Ink can't wait to catch this wave. Stop by any time on Saturday, May 2nd to take part of the festivities of Independent Bookstore Day, or stay all day if you've got the strength for it!
Now that Kids Ink is 29 years young, we're thinking it's time to party like it, and we've got a lot of things planned thanks to the friends we've already invited. The brand-new Dancing Donut supplies free donuts until we run out starting at 10am, and that's just to get your energy up! All day long we'll have three generations of oversized Playmobil figures ready to take pictures with children of all ages. We'll also have a station ready for customers to stamp their own wrapping paper, a wall for visitors to post pictures or favorite book quotes and share them with the rest of our guests, a bookmark creation booth for readers of a refined and personal taste. Or if you just want to play with our classic train set, we'll have that set up right in our front window.
And that's not half of it! Throughout the day, local creators will be dropping by and proving that authors have a lot more to them than just being able to arrange words well on a page.
-At 11am, pop-surrealist artist Mab Graves will be teaching and demonstrating evertything she knows about origami. No, seriously, she can make a paper crane that's smaller than a bottle cap, a function bed table for a doll, and so much else! The first 20 people through the door starting at 11 will also get a free copy of her paper doll book Little Lost Girls.
-From 12:30 to 2pm, young adult authors Shannon Alexander (Love and Other Unknown Variables), Trisha Leaver (The Secrets We Keep), and Lisa Aldin (One of the Guys) will run a workshop on how to make upcycled book page crafts. You could look up what that is, but you won't believe it until you see it for yourself.
-3 to 4pm, Saundra Mitchell (author of Mistwalker, Springsweet, and other mystical teen novels) will tell your fortune through the proven styles of palm reading and tarot cards. (Please note that officially, any and all wisdom dispensed by Saundra is for entertainment purposes only, and Kids Ink is not responisble for any outcomes. We don't expect a cut of any winnings, nor liability for any loses.)
-4:30 to 5:30pm, Mike Mullin (author of the Ashfall series) will have an Advice Booth set up and for the price of a nickel (no health plans accepted), he will share insights on such topical subjects as living with cats, the wonders of kale (samples available!!), writing and publishing, and anything else you can think of! (Please note that, like Saundra Mitchell, Mike Mullin's advise is for entertainment purposes only. And for the purpose of entertainment, wouldn't it be great if they had an Advice-Off? We'll see if we can put something like that together for you.)
We hope you'll be able to join as we cut loose with celebrating just how amazing it is to run a bookstore in such a wonderful place and with such incredible customers!