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Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport

This is the Passport for 2018. Please click here for 2019's Passport Program. 

Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day


Independent Bookstore Day is a celebration of books, readers, and indie bookselling.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year.

Connecticut bookstores will celebrate all day on Saturday, April 28th (and into Sunday!).  Pick up a copy of the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport at any participating store and get moving!  Visit 15 of the 20 participating stores across the state on April 28th and April 29th and get your passport stamped at each location. If you complete the passport (15 stamps), you will receive a $25.00 gift card from EACH participating location- all 20 stores – for a total value of $500. WOW! Join the party and show Connecticut indie bookstores some LOVE!

Connecticut Independent Bookstore Passport Rules:

  • One passport per family/household/group please!
  • Passports will be stamped on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.
  • To win, you must visit and have your passport stamped at any 15 participating bookstores.
  • Winners will recieve a $25.00 gift card from EACH of the 20 participating stores, a value of $500!
  • The store where you recieve your 15th stamp will collect your passport and contact information.
  • Have fun!

Participating Locations:

BANK STREET BOOK NOOK: 36C Bank Street, New Milford     

BANK SQUARE BOOKS: 53 W. Main Street, Mystic       

BARRETT BOOKSTORE: 314 Heights Road, Darien         

BENNETT’S BOOKS: 171 Main Street, Deep River  

BOOK CLUB BOOKSTORE: 869 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor       

BOOK TRADER CAFÉ: 1140 Chapel Street, New Haven        

BOOKS AND COMPANY: 1235 Whitney Ave, Hamden         

BOOKS ON THE COMMON: 404 Main Street, Ridgefield         

BREAKWATER BOOKS: 81 Whitfield Street, Guilford         

BYRD’S BOOKS: 126 Greenwood Ave, Bethel                 

DARREN WINSTON BOOKSELLER: 81 Main Street, Sharon        

ELM STREET BOOKSTORE: 35 Elm Street, New Canaan        

GOODS & CURIOSITIES: 47 Main Street, Essex       

HARBOR BOOKS: 146 Main Street, Old Saybrook      

HICKORY STICK BOOKSHOP: 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot

JACK AND ALLIE’S: 520 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon    

ON THE ROAD BOOK SHOP: 163 Albany Tpke, Canton    

RJ JULIA BOOKSELLERS: 768 Boston Post Road, Madison          

THE BOOK BARN: 41 West Main Street, Niantic      

WESLEYAN RJ JULIA BOOKSTORE: 413 Main Street, Middletown  

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443