7 Ways to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day
By Kym Gordon Moore
One of the fundamental components for learning is through reading. Whether a person is an avid reader or not, at some point during the day people will read something, whether it’s an article, in a magazine or a newspaper, on the Internet or a greeting card. When it comes to the conversation of reading a book however, faces cringe from the mere mention of the subject. Many who may not read frequently tend to think that reading is an arduous task, but it is not.
To commemorate National Book Lover’s Day, which is typically observed on August 9, here are some ways to celebrate this literary occasion.
1. If you are not an avid reader, start with something that’s small then move on to something bigger. Often booklets on various topics of interest, will be a great beginning for novice readers.
2. Begin a small home library with a book or two. You do not have to invest hundreds of dollars in starting a library. It can simply begin with buying books from flea markets, bookstores that sell new, used and traded books, libraries having book sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, dollar stores or yard sales.
3. Go on a pilgrimage to historical sites where one of your area’s notable authors lived. Even if the writer was not famous, perhaps you can visit one of their favorite spots and read one of their books there.
4. Computer tablets, e-readers and audio books are other options for getting in some good reads, not only on National Book Lovers Day, but every day.
5. Give a book as a gift to someone and encourage them to use it as a tool to relax, identify and comprehend new words and then share it with someone else.
6. Collect donated books, tie a colorful ribbon around them and pass them out as a gift to long-term patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes or senior centers.
7. Have a book lover’s party and invite guests to talk about their favorite books. If you have a favorite book or one of your own published books, serve some light refreshments and pass out homemade favors celebrating the book to your guests. Engage in dialogue about the book with others at your gathering.
Reading has an uncanny way of exposing the reader to understanding different genres, exploring various demographics around the world, diversified cultures, different writing styles from authors and inspirational publications. Reading has the ability to connect us with the content that could help us see a different perspective of views, situations and discover more about who we are. National Book Lovers Day is an ideal day to relax with a good book. Find a tranquil area, pack a picnic lunch and get lost in a good book.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2013 and 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.