Around the UK today, reading groups of all shapes and sizes are taking part in activities for National Reading Group Day.
åMany of them will be meeting up at their local library, bookshop or other agreed meeting place to have some fun and discuss a book. Some will be raising money for Book Aid International with Meet Talk Give.
And you could even win a visit from Dawn French to your reading group before the end of the year. So if you’ve ever felt like joining a reading group, today’s a good day to dip your toe in the water and find out more!
If you find out more about your local reading group, or your group is planning on fundraising, tell us about it – we would love to hear from you!
This weekend sees the kick-off of Independent Booksellers’ Week, a fantastic national celebration of independent bookshops, which runs from 18 to 25 June.
It’s all about recognising the special contribution that these bookshops make to local communities and to people’s reading, offering a passion, knowledge and range of books that some of the chains can’t match. This year, the week also includes National Reading Group Day on 25 June, which marks the flourishing trend for book groups in the UK, and the often strong link these groups share with their local independent bookshops. There will be advice on making contact with an established reading group, setting up your own, and ways of getting the most out of relationships with booksellers.
We’re very happy to support both initiatives – and equally delighted that National Reading Group Day in particular will support the work of Book Aid International by encouraging Meet Talk Give events within Reading Groups! With the help of independent bookshops around the UK, and the support of local reading groups, we’ll be changing more lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
If you’d like to find out more about Independent Booksellers’ Week or National Reading Group Day, check out their website, follow @IndieBookWeek on Twitter, or check them out on Facebook.