How It Works
Step 1: Choose your bookstores.
While we would love to visit all 20+ of Brooklyn’s independent bookstores in one day, we’re not sure it’s physically possible. (If you can do it, please tell us about it!) Instead, to participate, choose 5+ stores to visit on Saturday, April 29th.
The resources we have available for you are a Google Map of all the stores we know about (including info on their hours and Independent Bookstore Day promotions, if applicable), as well as a list of which bookstores are on which New York City Subway line, to help you plan the most efficient route.
While we have done our best to confirm opening hours for each store, we recommend checking their websites for the most up-to-date information.
Step 2: Visit them and tell the world about it!
At each bookstore, make a post on social media, tag the bookstore, and use the #bkbookstorecrawl hashtag. Some suggested photos to take (don’t hesitate to make it a selfie):
- Your favorite book.
- A book you want to recommend to a friend (and tag the friend!).
- A book on your to-read list.
- A book you learned about on the Crawl.
- A book in the store’s Staff Picks section.
- A #bookface photo.
Step 3: Enter the raffle.
If you’ve visited 5+ stores and made a social media post at each one, submit the links to your posts and your contact information via our raffle form. We’ll randomly pick one winner to get a $25 gift certificate to the Brooklyn independent bookstore of their choice.
Do I have to live in Brooklyn to participate?
No! But you do have to be in Brooklyn on April 29th and able to visit stores in person in order to enter the prize drawings. If you can't be here, we highly encourage remote participation: go to a local bookstore and post pictures from there!
Do I have to buy anything?
No! But of course we encourage you to do so if you find something you like.
How old do I have to be?
Since we have to collect your personal information to validate your entries and (potentially) send you prizes, you must be 18 to formally participate in the crawl. Parents are welcome to enter on behalf of their under-18 children.
How do I decide which 5 stores to visit on my Crawl?
You can learn more about the stores on our Tumblr, where we've posted interviews with store owners and managers.
Do I have to enter the drawings?
No! If you only have time to visit 1 or 2 stores -- or aren't interested in winning prizes -- we still wholeheartedly welcome you to the Crawl.