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april, 2019

27aprAll DayIndependent Bookstore Day(All Day: saturday) Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Mesa, 1056 S. Country Club Dr


Event Details

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Just like Bookmans, every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. And as you know, Bookmans is more than a book store, we are a celebration of all things community!  To celebrate we’ve put together a day of book-loving events and giveaways for you!  Not only that, but you will be able to shop for Exclusive IBD merchandise. Keep an eye out on our Instagram and Twitter pages for sneak peeks of what we’ll have for sale!

8:30 AM – 9 AM     Very Important Book Lover (Behind the Scenes Tour) 

Why should kids have all the fun? We invite our VIB’s (book lovers, bibliophiles, or bibliomaniac) to get a unique behind-the-scenes look at Bookmans Mesa. Your morning will start off with delectable treats and beverages as The Traveling Cup will be in the house.  Armed with our java, we will take you on the same tour we treat our schools too! Get an inside look at our back room where your book-loving mind will be blown, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about how we run things at Bookmans Mesa. After your tour concludes we invite you to shop the shelves with an exclusive discount normally only offered to our staff.

*To participate in the VIB tour, you must enter for a spot here  Not all who enter will win as space is limited.

8::30 AM – 3 PM.   The Traveling Cup Cafe

What better goes with books than coffee? We agreed and only wanted the best in town to celebrate this day with us.  Local Az owned The Traveling Cup cafe will be parked in front of the store today from 8:30 A.M. until 3 P.M. Grab some of your delicious java favorites. If you’re like us, you need a fresh bagel or muffin to go with that coffee, and The Traveling Cup has you covered!. You can find their complete menu choices  here.

10:00 AM – 11 AM.     Seuss-a-bration Celebratio

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” The spark that ignited many a book loving flame comes along when we are very young in the form of an imaginary rhyming world where lessons are plentiful and anything is possible. This is in the magical books of Dr. Seuss! The perfect way to share our infatuation with books is to honor this special children’s author. Join Toni for an hour of stories, crafts, games and more. Costumes encouraged but not required.

1:00 PM – 2 PM    “Arabian Tales” Meet and Greet With Aladdin and Jasmine

Join us on the magic carpet as we travel to far away places in this magical hour of stories, music and fun. It doesn’t take a genie to become enchanted with the tale of Aladdin and his magical lamp. Aladdin and Jasmine (Enchanted Entertainment) will be here today to read and sing for you.. Bring your camera as you will want to capture this entertaining opportunity. Are you brave enough to rub the lamp? Free Face painting as well as balloon animals will be available in limited amounts.

3:00 PM – 5 PM      Live Music Featuring The Sonoran Surfers

Curious about the local sound? Want to hear something new? Now is your chance!  Hang out tonight and curl up with your favorite newfound book. The Sonoran Surfers has a great chill sound and a new local favorite. The Sonoran Surfers are an instrumental band from Arizona featuring Simon Wong on Guitar, Todd Hoover on Bass, and Russ Hill on drums. Check them out today.

7:00 PM – 9 PM   Design your own unique Independent BookmarK

Everyone has their own independent taste and style when it comes to reading. Why wouldn’t you want the same in a proper marker? Join us tonight as we continue our day long celebration where the designer is YOU! Create a OOAK bookmark for yourself, a loved one, or make one to be added to a book given away in our little libraries program. All materials needed are supplied. All ages are welcome. Supplies are limited so arrive early to guarantee a seat. No registration is required but bring your creativity. Let’s get Lit… Marking.

All Day Enter to Win a Bookmans Box

Our Bookmans boxes are hugely popular! We’ll be raffling off several boxes created by Bookmans employees featuring books, movies, toys, etc. that are found at Bookmans. Oh yeah, and there is a $50 gift card!


All Day (Saturday)


Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Mesa

1056 S. Country Club Dr


  1. Cheryl Szalkowski April 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    How do I Buy Books on line? I live in a nursing home an can’t get to the store. I’ve been looking for 2 books Annie Nicholas Vanguard 4 and 5. I live in Scottsdale.

    1. Valerie R April 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Hello Cheryl! Unfortunately, Bookmans does not currently sell books or inventory online. I’m sorry to hear that you can’t get to the store, but I will forward your requests on to the Phoenix store and see if they have the books you’re looking for.

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