Next Thursday (3rd March) is World Book Day. Then Saturday 5th March is World Book Night. Though Lauren’s latest blog post reveals that the two are (surprisingly) unrelated events, both are very worthwhile and are great opportunities to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with perhaps the greatest invention in the world – the book.
The following information is provided by Natasha Worswick of Book Aid International:
World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March this year and it’s basically an opportunity for people to celebrate the education, imagination and information that books provide us all with. There are a whole host of events and activities you can get involved with, whatever your age. They include Meet Talk Give, a fun, easy fundraising activity for reading groups and libraries as well as initiatives for toddlers and school age children.
So where's the best place to start finding out more? Take a look at Book Aid International's blog for a start. You'll find all sorts of fun stuff, competitions and more.
You'll also find details there of just why World Book Day matters so much. Book Aid International is one of the charities that benefits from the day and it enables them to make a massive difference. They depend on people’s support to bring books, and all that they represent, to communities in sub-Saharan Africa and the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Check out some of the videos, and you'll see for yourself just what amazing work they do.
I really hope you'll think that World Book Day is worthy of your support. It's a chance to have some fun, and Book Aid International is a really worthy cause for all book lovers.
So that’s all good. I’ll be making a display at work to liven up the library and perhaps get our users to appreciate the role of books in peoples’ lives.
Then Saturday 5th March is World Book Night when thousands of people will be giving out hundreds of thousands of books to people all over the country. There has been some controversy about it but I think that distributing books for free is a worthy idea – if only as a one-off – and it might make people remember that books are available for free at any public library. My dad is very excited to be giving out copies of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
It’s going to be an exciting week for bibliophiles.