Longs' Cards and books has been a bastion of literacy here in Penn Yan for as long as most residents can remember. From their anchor store in the old Opera House on Main Street, they have been a success story during a time when first the big-box chain bookstores, and then online giants, threatened the existence of independent booksellers.
To highlight that continuing success, Longs' is joining with over 500 other other small bookstores to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
In the same spirit of local focus that day, Longs' will be hosting three local authors for a "meet and greet" book signing.
‒ 10 a.m.–2 p.m: Anne-Claire Szubaniska: author of "MYSTIC and the Secret of Happiness,".
‒ 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: R. Murphy: author of "Bob at the Lake‚"‚"Bob at the Plaza‚" and now available, "Bob and the Polka-Dot Highway."
‒ Noon–2 p.m.: Wendi Starusnak: author of the Psychological thriller "Fleischer" series, and "The Seed."
Longs' will also be hosting a book-themed, in-store scavenger hunt throughout the day for both kids and adults. Those who complete their lists will receive a 20 percent discount on any book not already discounted; and their names will be entered for three prize drawings: 1st, a $25 Longs' gift card, and two more for a $15 card from Pinckney Hardware, or a $15 card for the Silver Bird restaurant.
Among this year's exclusive IBD items are "The Book Club Journal," featuring recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers across the country, literary tea towels featuring quotes from Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain, a "Dragons Love Books!" onesie, and "Read with Me" Maisy or Horton plush toys. There will also be giveaways of "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary" and "Feminism: A Very Short Introduction," and a "Llama Llama Coloring Book Activity Kit." These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD Bookstores Saturday, April 28 and not before.
Those who attend will enjoy refreshments and snacks, and with every purchase receive a complimentary bag of coupons from participating local businesses, including: The Keuka Candy Emporium, The Nest Egg, The Flower Cart & Gift Shoppe, Raven's Landing, Cam's Pizzeria, Penn Yan Diner, Trombley Tire and Auto, and others (while supplies last).