If you’re a book lover, you likely find solace in your local bookstore, breathing in the almond-like scent of book pages while perusing the aisles of colorful covers. Your friends live on the shelves of bookstores—Harry Potter, Elizabeth Bennett, Gandalf, Arya, Katniss Everdeen…. And the authors—JK Rowling, Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien and more—they’re your friends, as well.

In this digital age, finding a good book is easier than ever. But as any book lover will tell you, there is nothing that compares to going to the actual bookstore, walking the aisles and holding the book you are looking for in your hands (or even discovering the book you didn’t even know you were looking for).

Bookstores have also become community centers for book lovers and writers. It’s where you can meet your favorite author on tour, take part in a workshop or fun event, share your books as a local author and network with other avid bibliophiles.

This Saturday, April 30, 400 bookstores across the US are taking part in this year’s Independent Bookstore Day. Locally, this includes Copperfield’s Bookstore, which just opened their 8th store this month in Novato. You can expect a myriad of book events happening at any of the Copperfield’s near you. This includes a talk by successful author, Jean Hegland at the Montgomery Village store at 7 p.m., the Mary Fettig Quartet performing jazz at the Novato store, coloring and story time at all stores from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a scavenger hunt for readers from 1 p.m. to closing at all stores, and more.

Guests are invite to celebrate IBD with a Book Selfies, read your own writing during an Open Mic hour, take part in prize drawings, and many other fun opportunities.

To learn more about Independent Bookstore Day and how you can spread love to your favorite bookstore, visit www.indiebookstoreday.com.

To see all Copperfield’s Bookstore events near you, visit www.copperfieldsbooks.com/IBD-2016.