International Book Giving Day

ibgdposterlargeDid you know that Valentine’s Day is also International Book Giving Day? What a perfect day to share the love of reading!

The purpose of International Book Giving Day is pretty straight-forward: “To get books into the hands of as many children as possible” by “encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child” because “in the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.”

What are some ways you could participate as a library to share the love of reading?

  • Make time this month to visit a daycare or preschool for a special story time.
  • You may not have a budget to buy new books, but do you have  donated or weeded books you could send home with kids?
  • If you don’t already, consider using books as prizes for your summer reading program.
  • Do you have any special recognition for when a child signs up for a library card for the first time?
  • Encourage participation in Imagination Library, if you have a program in your community, or, if not, why not try starting one?
  • Do you have a Reach Out & Read program in your community? Why not start one?

For promotion, you can download and print a poster designed by Chris Haughton, a bookplate designed by Gus Gordon, a bookplate designed by Angus Mackinnon, and a bookmark designed by Anna Walker.

How do you plan to participate in sharing the love of reading on Valentine’s Day? Share your ideas in the comments!

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