Thursday, 14th February 2013 (as well as being Valentine’s Day and the day that legend, Barry Gibb visits Redcliffe!) is International Book Giving Day. It’s a fantastic idea and a great way to spread the love of reading and get more books into the hands of children.
There are three ways in which you can help celebrate International Book Giving Day.
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative – Give a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby – The amount of good quality books that I’ve seen in doctor’s and dentist’s waiting rooms are few and far between. You could even leave a book in a restaurant that has a children’s play area. Optometrist, Chiropractor, etc.
3. Donate a Book – Clean out your cupboards and bookshelves and get together a box or two of books that your children have outgrown. Donate these books to your local second hand shop, library, kindergarten, gym creche, childcare centre, school, children’s hospital or shelter. Or you could send them to the flood and bushfire affected areas.
So, we’ve got just over a week to sort through our bookshelves or buy some new books and decide whether to GIVE, LEAVE or DONATE. I have collected a bunch of books ready to donate to the children’s section of the hospital. I hope you can support this worthy cause too by sharing the joy of books and reading. Just imagine the smiles on the faces of all the children receiving your lovely books.
If you’d like more information about International Book Giving Day have a look at The Book Chook’s Blog.