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.