Polar Peek Books and Treasures will open its doors Saturday to authors, publishers, dignitaries, and readers in honour of Canadian Booksellers Association Independents’ Day.
The locally owned and operated business will celebrate from 1 to 4 p.m. with a variety of activities, including an in-store sale, draws, prizes, cake, and a children’s treasure hunt.
“Celebrating Independents’ Day is our way of saying how much we appreciate our loyal and faithful customers for shopping here and supporting our local bookstore,” commented Patty Reedyk, owner of Polar Peek Books. “It’s our way of giving back to our customers and to encourage them to continue shopping local as it supports much more than our store, but is an important growing movement across Canada.”
This is the seventh annual Independents’ Day, an initiative of the Canadian Booksellers Association, which represents close to 1,000 bookstores, including trade, campus, specialty chain, used and rare booksellers, in urban and rural communities.
The celebration gives bookstores across the country an opportunity to raise awareness of issues affecting their business. Current hot topics in the industry include the importance of promoting local literature, the contribution independent bookstores make to their local economies, and the role they play in creating a strong arts presence in their community.