You won’t believe it but is about a month until International Book Giving Day… on the 14 February 2013… Yes, some may call it Valentines Day… but we know that this is the day to share some books…
International Book Giving Day has a fabulous website… you can see all the wonderful folk, authors and illustrators, that are joining in… you can follow them on twitter and you can even grab a button for your own website.
- Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.
- Leaving a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
- Donating a Book.
Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbour.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or nonprofit organisation working to ensure that all kids have access to books.
This time last year our fabulous followers helped us with an incredible project to build a library for a rural school in Lesotho. Incredibly an entire library can be built from the farthest corners of the world… one book at a time, one package at a time… slowly but surely!!! :
- We asked our readers for help building a library for a rural Lesotho school and we had the most incredible response!!!
- We had some postage problems… no shipping to rural Lesotho… but we made a plan!!!
- Slowly but surely and book by book a library was built.
This post to give you fair warning that we will be launching another fabulous project for our readers to join all over again… another book giving project and one that won’t involve a heap of work or dollars on your part!!!
And to get us into the spirit of things we are doing our annual massive book sort. So many books come into our home and we only have so much space… so an annual purge is a vey good thing and International Book Giving Day is the best excuse to get our act together. We are working on a shelf a day… of “Do you love it or not?” of course with eight kids it is quite tricky to get a unanimous “Yay or Nay!!!”
International Book Giving Day is a grassroots initiative run entirely by volunteers like you! If you would like to do more, there are a variety of ways for you to get involved. You can plan an event in your community such as a used book drive, book swap, story time session, fundraiser, volunteer event or Beers for Books event at a local bar, where [1 U.S. dollar, 100 yen or the equivalent] per beer is donated to Room to Read. Submit events to International Book Giving Day’s event directory to invite others to participate. You can also help publicise International Book Giving Day by hanging International Book Giving Day posters and by encouraging friends, family members and others in your community to celebrate.
International Book Giving Day planning team:
- Myra Garces-Bacsal, Gathering Books (Singapore)
- Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
- Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia)
- Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (US)
- Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK)
- Giselle Federizzi Barcellos, Kids Indoors (Brazil)
- Rashmie Jaaju, Mommy Labs (India)
- Emma Perry, My Book Corner (Australia)
- Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (US)
- Se7en (South Africa)
- Zoe Toft, Playing by the Book (UK)
- Amy Broadmoore, Delightful Children’s Books (US)