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CIBD 2021 ACTIVITY GUIDE

This guide listed booksellers who registered to participate in Canadian Independent Bookstore Day 2021. Many bookstores provided discounts, specials, and exclusive swag to customers on or around April 24. The guide also includes activities that bookstores ran online or in-store (if safe to do so). 

The event has now passed and this information is available for posterity only. 

Note about COVID-19

CIBA did not endorse in-person gatherings as part of CIBD 2021. We asked all booksellers to follow local health guidelines, ensure physical distancing was possible, and be flexible in the case of changing restrictions.


ALBERTA

Analog Books Inc., Lethbridge, AB
www.analogbooks.net

Activity: For CIBD 2021, Analog Books gave out free ShopLocal bookstore masks to the first 25 customers on April 24.

Activity: Analog Books provided a free, limited-edition Indie Bookstore Day Blackwing pencil with any Blackwing purchase on April 24.

Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB
www.audreys.ca

Activity: Audreys Books participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021. 

Activity: Audreys Books hosted a special round of trivia on their social media channels for a chance to win a gift card for the store.

Activity: In celebration of CIBD 2021, Audreys Books had a 20% sale on any in-store items purchased on April 24.

Café Books, Canmore, AB
www.Cafebooks.ca

Activity: Any online or in-store purchases made on April 24 received double reward points and customers were entered into a draw to win a Café Books tote bag with books and goodies.

Evexia Travel & Books, Cochrane, AB
www.evexiaboutique.com

Activity: Evexia hosted 7 local authors for readings and signings (outdoors/time slots booked in advance).

Activity: Throughout the day on April 24, Evexia gave away gifts and door prizes to customers, offered discounts, and invited customers to enter draws for prize baskets.

Glass Bookshop, Edmonton, AB
www.glassbookshop.com

Activity: For every $50 customers spend on book purchases on April 24, Glass Bookshop provided a bonus $5 gift card. Glass Bookshop also gave away a prize pack featuring books by local writers and store merchandise. 

Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary, AB
www.owlsnestbooks.com

Activity: Owl's Nest Books participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

Activity: Owl's Nest Books offered a special 10% discount on staff picks as part of CIBD 2021. Customers were strongly encouraged to purchase online and use the store's delivery or contact-less curbside pick up options.

Shelf Life Books, Calgary, AB
www.shelflifebooks.ca

Activity: Shelf Life Books participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

The Sherwood Park Bookworm, Sherwood Park, AB
www.parkbookworm.ca

    BRITISH COLUMBIA

    32 Books & Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
    www.32books.com

    Bacchus Books, Golden, BC
    www.bacchusbooks.ca

    Banyen Books & Sound, Vancouver, BC
    www.banyen.com

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Banyen Books & Sound on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Bastion Books, Victoria, BC
    www.bastionbooks.square

    Books4Brains, Comox, BC
    www.books4brains.ca

    Activity: Books4Brains participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

    Black Bond Books Central City, Surrey, BC
    www.blackbondbooks.com

    Black Bond Books Ladner, Delta BC
    www.blackbondbooks.com

    Black Bond Books Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge, BC
    www.blackbondbooks.com

    Black Bond Books Semiahmoo, Surrey, BC
    www.blackbondbooks.com

    Black Bond Books Warehouse, Surrey, BC
    www.blackbondbooks.com

    Book Warehouse Main Street, Vancouver, BC
    www.bookwarehouse.ca

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Book Warehouse on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+.

    Book Warehouse Broadway, Vancouver, BC
    www.bookwarehouse.ca

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Book Warehouse on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Coho Books, Campbell River, BC
    www.cohobooks.com

    Activity: Coho Books offered a 10% discount on new books and merchandise on April 24.

    Activity: Customers had a chance to receive door prizes and grab bags on CIBD 2021.

    Companion Books, Burnaby, BC
    www.companionbooks.com

    Galiano Island Books, Galiano, BC
    www.galianoislandbooks.com

    Activity: Customers who made a purchase online or in-store between April 23 and April 25 had a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

    Hager Books, Vancouver, BC
    www.hagerbooks.ca

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Hager Books on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Huckleberry Books, Cranbrook, BC
    www.huckleberrybooks.ca

    Activity: For CIBD 2021, Huckleberry Books "Built Community Blocks," creating a community display with help from customers who shared words online to let them know what they loved about the store.

    Activity: On April 24-25, Huckleberry Books ran their "Tea's on Me" program. All purchases made online and in-store were accompanied by a free tea bag and an exclusive, colour-your-own bookmark designed by a local youth artist. 

    Activity: Huckleberry Books also offered a "Matchmaker Deal" for CIBD 2021. Customers purchased a spring read and let the Huck team choose a second book in order to get a 20% discount on both titles. 

    Iron Dog Books, Vancouver, BC
    www.irondogbooks.com

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Iron Dog Books on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+.

    Kidsbooks Vancouver, BC
    www.kidsbooks.ca

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Kidsbooks on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+.

    Kinder Books, New Westminster, BC
    www.kinderbooks.ca

    Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Courtenay, BC
    www.laughingoysterbooks.ca

    Activity: Laughing Oyster ha special discounts on all online and in-person orders (valued between 10% and 30% off your next purchase).

    Activity: Customers could take a photo of themselves with a book from the store, a bookmark, or a store bag and tag @laughingoysterbooks for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for the store.

    Massy Books, Vancouver, BC
    www.massybooks.com

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Massy Books on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Misty River Books, Terrace, BC
    www.mistyriverbooks.com

    Mosaic Books, Kelowna, BC
    www.mosaicbooks.ca

    Activity: Customers who placed orders online were entered in a draw to win a gift card for Mosaic Books!

    Munro’s Books, Victoria, BC
    www.munrobooks.com

    Once Upon a Bookstore, Kelowna, BC
    www.onceuponabookstore.ca

    Activity: Once Upon a Bookstore hosted the launch of Tiffany Stone's new book Wood Could as part of their CIBD 2021 celebrations. The launch took place over Zoom and Facebook live at 3pm PST on April 24. 

    Activity: Once Upon a Bookstore is participating in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

    Otter Books, Nelson, BC
    www.otterbooksinc.ca

    Polar Peek Books & Treasures, Fernie, BC
    www.polarpeekbooks.ca

    Activity: Polar Peek Books & Treasures offered 20% off anything in the store all day on April 24 in celebration of CIBD 2021.

    Russell Books, Victoria, BC
    www.russellbooks.com

    Talisman Books & Gallery, Pender Island BC
    www.talismanbooks.ca

    Activity: Customers who dropped by the store on April 24 were entered to win one of three books in celebration of CIBD 2021.

    The Mulberry Bush Bookstore Parksville, Parksville, BC
    www.mulberrybushbooks.com

    The Mulberry Bush Bookstore Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Beach, BC
    www.mulberrybushbooks.com

    The Paper Hound, Vancouver, BC
    www.paperhound.ca

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at The Paper Hound on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Upstart & Crow, Vancouver, BC
    www.upstartandcrow.com

    Activity: Readers celebrated #CIBD2021 with the Vancouver bookselling community. They shopped at Upstart & Crow on April 24 for a chance to win an incredible gift pack worth $350+. 

    Volume One Bookstore, Duncan, BC
    www.volumeone.ca

    Activity: Readers posted a photograph of themselves reading somewhere in the Cowichan Valley and shared one reason they loved independent bookstores on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Volume One Bookstore. 

    Western Sky Books, Port Coquitlam, BC
    www.westernskybooks.com

    Activity: For CIBD 2021, the first customer to spend more than $100 at Western Sky Books received a prize pack of equal value. The first person to spend more than $200 received a prize pack worth $200.

    Activity: Western Sky Books chose four customers at random to receive a $20 gift card on April 24.

    Activity: Western Sky Books offered a "buy one get one 50% off" deal on use paperback fiction from April 20-25.

    MANITOBA

    McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB
    www.mcnallyrobinson.com McNally Robinson Booksellers The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
    www.mcnallyrobinson.com

    Whodunit Bookshop, Winnipeg, MB
    www.whodunitbooks.ca

    NEW BRUNSWICK

    Tidewater Books & Browsery, Sackville NB
    www.tidewaterbooks.ca

    Activity: For CIBD 2021, Tidewater Books doubled reading reward points for all purchases made online and in-store. Customers were also entered into a draw for a chance to win a $100 gift card for the store.

    NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

    Tors Cove Books, Tors Cove, NL
    www.torscovebooks.com

    NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

    Yellowknife Book Cellar, Yellowknife NT
    www.yellowknifebooks.com

    NOVA SCOTIA

    Block Shop Books, Lunenburg, NS
    www.blockshopbooks.ca

    Activity: For CIBD 2021, Block Shop Books offered a 15% discount store-wide and a free "blind date" book with every purchase.

    Bookmark II, Halifax, NS
    http://www.bookmarkreads.ca/

    Activity: To celebrate CIBD 2021, Bookmark II doubled customer points on any applicable purchase by on April 24. 

    King's Co-op Bookstore, Halifax, NS
    www.kingsbookstore.ca

    LaHave River Books, LaHave, NS
    www.lahaveriverbooks.ca

    Lunenburg Bound, Lunenburg, NS
    www.lunenburgbound.ca

    Tattletales Books, Dartmouth, NS
    www.tattletalesbooks.ca

    ONTARIO

    A Different Booklist, Toronto ON
    www.adifferentbooklist.com

    A Different Drummer Books, Burlington, ON
    www.differentdrummerbooks.com

    Allison the Bookman, North Bay, ON
    www.allisonthebookman.com

    Another Story Bookshop, Toronto, ON
    www.anotherstory.ca

    Bakka-Pheonix Books, Toronto, ON
    www.bakkaphoenixbooks.com/

    Beggars Banquet Books, Gananoque, ON
    www.beggarsbanquetbooks.com

    Activity: Readers were invited to take a picture of their favourite place to read or share one reason they love independent bookstores on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a $25 gift card. 

    Activity: Beggars Banquet Books offered "Bookseller Best Bets" for CIBD 2021. With every book purchased on April 24, you could receive 25% off a second book if you let their experts choose the title for you. 

    Activity: Everyone who purchased from Beggars Banquet Books on April 24 won something from their prize box. Prizes included discounts off future purchases, books, masks, totes, gift cards for other local businesses, and treats from Henderson Farms Preserves, Birch Bark Coffee, and more. 

    Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge, ON
    www.blueheronbooks.com

    Activity: Blue Heron offered a Matchmaker Program for CIBD 2021. With every book purchased, customers could receive 25% off a second book if they let the expert team at Blue Heron choose the title. 

    Activity: Readers could participate in a virtual scavenger hunt on Blue Heron's website. They gathered clues and find the code word for a discount or special prizes. 

    Activity: Customers could create their own readerly "pub crawl" by purchasing the pairing option to receive $5 coupon for The Second Wedge/Banjo Cider/The Bridge Social.

      Book City, Toronto, ON
      www.BookCity.ca

      BookLore, Orangeville, ON
      www.booklore.ca

      Activity: Why do you love independent bookstores? Readers posted their response to BookLore's Facebook page (linked above) or emailed it to booklore@bellnet.ca from April 19-24 for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for the store.

      Books on Main, Bath, ON
      www.booksonmain.ca

      Ella Minnow Children's Bookstore, Toronto, ON
      www.ellaminnow.ca

      Forster's Book Garden, Bolton, ON
      www.forstersbookgarden.ca

      Activity: For CIBD 2021, Forster's Book Garden doubled customer appreciation points for purchases made over the weekend. 

      Furby House Books, Port Hope, ON
      www.furbyhousebooks.com

      Activity: Readers could take a "shelfie" - a photo of you and your bookshelf! - and post it on social media tagging @furbyhousebooks and #CIBD2021 for a chance to win gift certificates for other local businesses.

      Let’s Talk Books, Coburg, ON
      www.letstalkbooks.ca

      Activity: For CIBD 2021, Let's Talk Books offered sales (online or by phone) and other celebratory treats. 

      Lighthouse Books, Brighton, ON

      www.lighthousebooksbrighton.ca

      Mabel's Fables Bookstore, Toronto, ON
      www.mabelsfables.com

      Activity: Mabel's Fables participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

      Magic Pebble Books, Elora, ON
      www.magicpebble.ca

      Manticore Books, Orillia, ON
      www.manticorebooks.ca

      Master's Book Store, Haliburton, ON
      www.mastersbookstore.ca

      Mill Street Books, Almonte, ON
      www.millstreetbooks.com

      Moonbeam Books, Toronto, ON
      www.moonbeambooks.com

      Activity: Moonbeam Books participated in the #AnonymouseChallenge as part of CIBD 2021.

      Activity: Moonbeam Books ran their beloved bookstore scavenger hunt outside for CIBD 2021. Participants could walk around the neighbourhood and try to find as many book characters as they could for a chance to win a $100 gift card and additional great prizes. 

      Purple Door, Cambridge, ON
      www.purpledoor-cambridge.ca

      The Book Keeper, Sarnia, ON
      www.sarniabookkeeper.com

      Activity: For CIBD 2021, The Book Keeper gave out double the rewards points (so customers would receive 10% in points back on all purchases). They also had prizes, draws, and a large selection of books on sale - most up to 75% off!

      The Bookshelf, Guelph, ON
      www.bookshelf.ca

      Activity: The Bookshelf hosted a "Book Nook Photo Contest" in celebration of CIBD 2021. Readers could take a picture of their favourite place to read and tag The Bookshelf for a chance to win gift certificates for the store. First place was $150, second place was $100, and third place was $50. 

      The City & The City Books, Hamilton, ON
      www.thecityandthecitybooks.ca

      Activity: Customers who spent $30 or more on April 24-25 were eligible to win a set of books by Hamilton authors.

      Activity: On April 24-25, all Wolsak & Wynn titles and all Biblioasis titles were 15% off

      The Ginger Press Bookshop, Owen Sound, ON
      www.gingerpress.com

      Thistle Books and Cafe, St. Catharines, ON
      www.thistlebookshop.ca

      Activity: Thistle took 20% off books, journals, stationary, and puzzles on April 24.

      Turns & Tales, Chatham, ON
      www.turnsandtales.com

      UofT Bookstore, Toronto, ON
      www.uoftbookstore.com

      Activity: Readers enjoyed 25% off all trade books on April 24.

      World of Maps, Ottawa, ON
      www.worldofmaps.com

      Activity: World of Maps' David Landry, Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, accepted geographical trivia from the community. Readers tweeted or direct messaged their question to World of Maps. One successful stumper received internet glory!

      PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

      Bookmark, Charlottetown, PE
      http://www.bookmarkreads.ca/

      Activity: To celebrate CIBD 2021, Bookmark offered double customer points on any applicable purchase. They also had draws for up to $200 in Canada's Food Island gift cards.

      QUEBEC

      Brome Lake Books, Knowlton, QC
      www.bromelakebooks.ca

      Activity: Readers posted on social media about why they like bookstores and tagged Brome Lake Books for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

      Activity: Everyone who purchased from Brome Lake Books on April 24 won something from the prize wheel. Prizes included discounts, gift cards, and local products from Savonnerie de L'Estrie, Virgin Hill Coffee, or Robin Badger Pottery

      Activity: Throughout the day on April 24, 6 local authors took turns writing in the window of Brome Lake Books. The bookseller shard information about participating authors in the lead-up and provided readers with a sneak peek of works-in-progress.

      Librairie Saga Bookstore, Montréal, QC
      www.sagabookstore.ca

      SASKATCHEWAN

      McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon, SK
      www.mcnallyrobinson.com

      Turning the Tide Bookstore, Saskatoon, SK
      www.turning.ca


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