Celebrate Independent Bookstores on Saturday, April 28!

Join Midtown Reader and over 500 independent bookstores in 48 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive merchandise.

A couple weeks ago, I was helping the staff at Midtown Reader prepare to celebrate

Florida’s Book Award winners and other notable authors at Word of South (see details about those authors and books here). During my time in the bookstore, I met a woman

who is moving to Tallahassee from Miami later this year. Her reason for visiting Midtown Reader prior to her official move? She said she knew that the city’s locally owned bookstore would be a hub for stimulating activity and a place to meet fascinating new people.

As an independent bookstore, Midtown Reader has become intertwined with the cultural fabric of Tallahassee by providing a venue for authors to engage their readers (e.g., through multiple author events every month, like the ones listed here), for readers to explore emerging local and regional literary trends (e.g., through the Read to Lead Series, learn more here), and for booksellers to create a customized experience for everybody who loves books (meet your Midtown Reader booksellers here).

Beyond the obvious literary benefits of a locally owned bookstore, shopping at Midtown Reader also creates benefits for Tallahassee’s entire community:

The Economy

  • Spend $100 at a locally owned business:$68 of that stays here.

  • Spend $50 at a national chain: $6.50 of that stays here.

  • Spend $50 online with a remote vendor: not one penny stays here.

  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

The Community

  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

  • More independent businesses mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify our community.

Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and national ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day in 2018, says,

“My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct

personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what's currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be...I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It's a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

Simply put, Tallahassee has many reasons to celebrate Midtown Reader. And, Saturday, April 28, is Independent Bookstore Day—the perfect opportunity for you to come to the store and enjoy Tallahassee’s locally owned, independent bookstore. We’d like to thank you for your support by treating you to sales, special guests & treats for Kidtown Readers!

Pam Saxelby, author of Josie the Great and Max and Bear, is joining us for a special Kidtown Story Hour. Get ready for crafts and costumes galore! Enjoy select sales up to 40% off throughout the day, as well as raffles for gift baskets. At 3pm, join us in conversation with Ann VanderMeer about her work in science fiction. For the adult crowd, join us at 6pm for an open mic poetry reading. You’re welcome to read up to five minutes of original work. Email kim@midtownreader.com if you’d like to be on the schedule.