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August 9 is Book Lovers Day!

It seems as though there is a holiday or day of remembrance for almost everything. But Book Lovers Day? That’s a day I can get behind! Here are some ways to celebrate your love of books.

We’ll take any excuse to celebrate our love of the written word, and this weekend’s National Book Lovers Day gives us a great one. Here are some of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. Let us know in the comments below how you plan to celebrate this weekend!

  • Visit your local library – Libraries are magical places. Visitors can learn about far-away lands, find out how to do new things, follow the fantastic adventures of fictional and real-life heroes, and even solve mysteries and find the answers to burning questions. With a child, explore the many free programs and resources available in a local or online library to find out ways to keep active all summer long.
  • Host your own book club – Book clubs have come back as a popular way to allow readers to discuss books in an informal setting. Children can enjoy the same kind of community-building experience by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. Their meetings can come to life with discussions, arts and crafts, and activities.
  • Reread an old favorite – Encourage readers to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.
  • Contact your favorite living author – Sometimes a book’s impact is so great that readers seek a connection with the book’s author. This activity guides folks in reaching out to authors of books they love by composing personal letters or connecting to authors through their websites or blogs.
  • Host a book lover party! What if guests researched characters and then assumed those personas for the party? Get some ideas here.

How do you show your love for books?

 

 

Spending Time with Family

its-my-familyThe holiday season is here, which usually means spending time with family. Listen in to this podcast episode as host Emily Manning discusses some heartwarming books about families. If you are spending time with family over winter break, in person or virtually, work together on these activities:

Create a Game: Playing board games or card games can be a fun activity, so why not make your own?

Play Bingo! Work together, create a bingo board that can be played while walking around town, going to the zoo or a museum, or traveling on a vacation.

Write Letters to Friends and FamilyInvite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends.

Recording Family Stories: Teens can take part in the process of building family histories by recording the stories, or memoirs, of family members.

Creating Family TimelinesChildren can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.

See you in 2017!