What is Book Lovers Day? This day is an unofficial holiday in celebration of books and those who love to read them. The best possible way to spend the day is reading a good book all day in a quiet spot, but true book lovers know the value of having even a few minutes of quiet reading time. In addition, by celebrating books with your excellent example, you can encourage others to read.
Celebrate Book Lovers Day
Tips and ideas to promote literacy by celebrating Book Lovers Day.
When is Book Lovers Day?
Book Lovers Day is an annual celebration on August 09. Be sure to mark your calendars well in advance so you don’t miss it!
Nine things you can do to celebrate Book Lovers Day
Visit your local library
If you haven't been to the library lately, dig out your library card to check out a copy of the latest bestseller, or take the time to re-read an old favourite. Best of all, it's free! Don't have a library card? There is no better time than now to get one.
A Little Free Library open for business
Start a Little Free Library
Rather than a public library, open a library of your own in your front garden or other publicly-accessible place. Set up a protected container with books and watch people come to borrow. You might set out copies of some of your favourites, or focus your library on a particular theme. This is a great way to promote literacy in your area.
Host a book club
Invite a few friends over to discuss the books each person has read lately. With a bit of advance planning, you might even suggest a read (or re-read) of a particular book for the club's discussion that day.
Support your local bookstore
Many small bookstores have closed their doors in recent years for lack of patrons. Have you supported your local economy lately by stopping in to pick up a new book?
Try a new author
While we all have our favourites, sometimes it is good to step outside that comfort zone with something new. New authors are published every day; why not give one of them a whirl? You might just find a hidden treasure!
Read to a child
A love of reading should be cultivated from a young age. Sit down with a child you know and read one of your childhood favourites to them. If the child enjoys the book, you may have just created a book lover for life!
Read a classic online for free
Written materials such as books generally become public domain seventy years after the death of its author. Once they are in the public domain, they may be freely reproduced and shared. Certain sites have been established to help share these classics with others by digitizing them and publishing them online for free. Check them out and you are sure to find something worth a read!
Swap books with a trading partner
You are not limited to trading with only friends or family. Try out one of these sites to get started trading books around the world. Book swap sites generally run a point or credit system where the sender pays shipping for each book sent. Their trade partner will then get to keep the book or trade it on when they have finished with it. Some variances of course exist on different sites, so please read carefully before you sign up.
Release a book into the wild
Related to the book swap concept is Bookcrossing. Register with the site, then leave a book in a public place for others to pick up, read, and enjoy.
Read, read, read!
If you read a lot (like most book lovers), this is a wonderful online method to keep track of your recent reading adventures. Take a few hours to catalogue your home library.