This Saturday, April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day (and the 60th anniversary of Country Bookshelf). As a lover of books, I really enjoy that my Kindle can hold thousands of books in the space of just one, thin book (and that I can enlarge the font size!). But there's nothing like the feel and smell of a real book in your hands. And I've always loved spending time browsing at the bookstore, finding new interests and stories I may never have found otherwise.

According to indiebookstoreday.com, "Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April with exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online."

So celebrate the day at Country Bookshelf on W. Main St. in Bozeman this Saturday!

Schedule for Independent Bookstore Day at Country Bookshelf:

ALL DAY - Refreshments, pick up your Book Trivia sheet for the 3 p.m. Trivia Showdown, special displays throughout the store, and FREE audiobook downloads
9am - Doors open, exclusive merchandise goes on sale - limited quantities
11am-12pm - Local author of both Middle Grade and Young Adult books Janet Fox will recommend books for young people and sign copies of her own books, including The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, Faithful, Forgiven, and Sirens
12pm - Readings of books by beloved children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal to honor her memory
2pm - Author Sara Crow reads from her new book Even Superheroes Need to Sleep (kids, bring your superhero mask!)
3pm - Book Trivia for prizes
3:45pm - Bubbly toast to celebrate Country Bookshelf's 60 years and a special announcement
4pm - Billings author Sean McDaniel's Criminal Zoo book signing and Q&A

Country Bookshelf says: "Thank you for supporting your locally-owned independent bookstore and helping us support the community we all love. We are here because of you!"