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.
Louise, who writes a lovely blog called Sew Scrumptious, got in touch to tell us about her book group’s Meet, Talk Give.
Louise writes, “I have to admit to having a slight hangover the next day after a few glasses of vino”, although their chosen book “was enjoyable but not mind blowing in any way.”
Still, it sounds like a very sociable way to raise £12! Thanks to Louise and her friends, Book Aid International can send six more books to sub-Saharan Africa.
We’ve been hearing a few more stories about interesting things you’re up to for World Book Day. One of them is Tweet Talk Give, a Twitter version of our own Meet Talk Give activity that anyone can join in with.
If you’re planning something for World Book Day, we’d love to hear about it!
Inspired by news of Zoe’s librarithon from the other day, we thought we’d update you about ways to take Meet Talk Give into your local library.
- Set your date at the library, and tell your book group or enthusiastic library-goers about the book you’ll be reading. Allow enough time for everyone to borrow from the library and have a read!
- Tell people about the fundraising element. In some countries it can take up to a month’s wages to buy just one book…yet it costs you and me just £2 to send a book to sub-Saharan Africa through Book Aid International.
- Hold your Meet Talk Give. You can extend the event with our bookish quiz, if you like.
- Collect your funds, either in person, or using a site like JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. If you’re doing it online, your funds will go straight to us. If you’re doing it in person, you can use our return form to help us keep track.
So that’s it! There’s a reading list you can use to help, if you like. Whatever you decide to do for World Book Day, you’ll be making a massive difference.
Professor Suleiman Gulaid, president of Amound University in Somaliland, even told us: “Your donation of books…is directly contributing to the re-establishment of the culture of peace, the restoration of civil society and the rule of law in this part of Africa.”
I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday, but how could we not share this fantastic Valentine’s fundraising story from Sue and the reading group at Churchill Community Foundation School?
In honour of Book Aid International they had a hot chocolate and cake sale yesterday in their library.
They raised a fantastic £85 which means we can send 42 books to Africa. I think it’s safe to say though that the Book aid International offices really wish we’d been at the sale. The cakes looked yummy.
If you are having a Meet, Talk, Give or fundraising event for Book Aid International, we’d love to hear about it. Take a look at all the ways you can share your story with us.
Chances are, if you’re reading this blog about Book Aid International
and World Book Day, you’re a book lover. OK, it’s not 100% scientific, but the odds are fair.
That’s why we’ve created Meet Talk Give
to help make fundraising for World Book Day really fun and easy for you to do.
Meet Talk Give is a fun way to bring your book group or a bunch of friends together to chat about a book you’ve all read, and make a difference. All you need to do is take a small donation – we’ve suggested £2 each because that’s how much it costs to send one more book to a community that will really appreciate it. Our how-to guide
is ready for you to download, and breaks it all down into small steps. It’s easy:
- Choose when, where and who Start with a date and a venue (the sofa? the pub?), and let your friends know.
- Don’t forget the book! Just in case you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve included some recommended reads. They might help you think about how your support for World Book Day makes a difference.
- Collect your funds Let your friends know their contribution in advance and gather the funds as they arrive. You could always use an online collection site as well, such as JustGiving,Virgin Money Giving or one of the many micro-donation services.
- Send it in We’ve included a handy paying-in slip for you to use, and instructions on how to return the money.
So it’s as easy as that! We’ve even included a book quiz for you to build in extra fun to Meet Talk Give. How many will you get right?
Whether you’re all grown up, at school or even still a toddler, there’s a way for everyone to show their support for World Book Day and Book Aid International.
If you have a book group, or just enjoy discussing books with friends, Meet Talk Give is for you. It’s as simple as getting everyone together to talk about your chosen book, and taking a small donation to recognise World Book Day. Just £2 is enough to pay for a book to get to Africa, and it makes a huge difference. Libraries can also take part in Meet Talk Give. Just follow our easy advice and instructions.
Alternatively you could just pick up one of the 10 new books published in the Quick Reads series. A donation goes from the sale of each one to World Book Day.
You could win a complete DK library when your school takes part in the National Sponsored ABC Fact Find!
Using the World Book Day poster, your pupils build themselves a mini-encyclopedia of the countries which stand to benefit from Book Aid International’s support. They decorate it, add facts and more, and receive sponsorship for their efforts. You’ll find the poster and sponsorship forms on the Book Aid International site. Enter your best encyclopedia into our prize draw, and you could win that DK library worth £200 for your school!
For little ones
If your nursery or toddler fancies in on the World Book Day action, why not get them to take part in our Miffy colouring competition? With every amount you raise over £20, you’ll receive some free Miffy books!
So there truly is something for everyone to take part in for World Book Day. Every book we ship really does make a difference, so thank you for your support!
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