It’s that time of year again…February 14th looms closer. Most people associate this date with Valentine’s Day, a time for hearts, Cupid, cards and demonstrations of love; all of which is a big part of the day. But did you know there’s another holiday held on February 14th? It’s also International Book Giving Day!
International Book Giving Day aims to insure that books are put into the hands of children, towards the goal of encouraging access to and enthusiasm for books among all children. According to the website, www.bookgivingday.com, it’s easy to celebrate this holiday.
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2018:
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative. Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. 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.
3. Donate a Book. Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in 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 shelter.
We think these are great ways to celebrate! We also want to remind you about our Friends Used Book Sale Room which can help with all three of the above. We have a huge and ever-changing selection of books available for purchase (works for #1, #2, or both) and we accept donations anytime the library is open; you can even get a receipt for your taxes!
We hope you’ll take the opportunity to give someone a book on International Book Giving Day. And while the purpose is to give books to children (which we wholeheartedly encourage) we also recommend giving books to adults!