Neighborhood Reads in Downtown Washington will celebrate its first Independent Bookstore Day next Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. joining more than 500 indie bookstores across the country to celebrate what is unique about community bookstores.

It will kick off with a book treasure hunt April 28. Customers may pick up clues at the bookstore beginning at 10 a.m. to join a two-hour search for copies of popular books for readers of all ages hidden at local businesses.

At 10:30 a.m. the bookstore’s weekly story time will be led by students in the Washington High School Ed Rising program and will include stories and activities.

From 1-3 p.m., the bookstore will feature refreshments with several local authors who will be in the bookstore to share and sign their books, including Maria Brady-Smith, Chris Stuckenschneider, Lucille Giffone, Judy Huntley and Raphael Maurice.

Special one-day-only merchandise will be available for sale while supplies last, including “Dragons Love Tacos” baby onesies, book character plush dolls, book pouches featuring “Underground Railroad” from author Colson Whitehead, and more.

Also on that Saturday, a new Midwest Indie Bookstore roadmap and contest will be unveiled. The map will feature custom illustrations of bookstores and basic landmarks and highway systems and will feature a contest to visit independent bookstores across a 10-state region over the next year to win prizes.

Neighborhood Reads is located at 401 Lafayette St.

For more information, visit, follow the bookstore on social media or call 636-390-WORD (9673).