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Celebrating independent booksellers

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.

A new site, and a new home for the Book Aid International blog

Over the past few months, the good people of Book Aid International have been busy at work behind the scenes of our home on the internet. So much has changed over the last few years, with the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the rest of the social web. We have a brand new refreshed website!

At Book Aid International we’ve done our best to grow with the world of social networks, and we’ve been talking to you, our friends and supporters, through Facebook and Twitter, and this blog, to explain more about our work and the difference that you can help to make. As time has gone on, we’ve grown ever more aware that our website couldn’t keep up.

So a change was definitely needed.

Book Aid International’s new site better reflects our approach to the web, including our little outposts on different social networks. Hopefully, you should find it easier to stay up to date with our work, the latest events and opportunities to support us, and stories about where and how you help us to make a difference. As part of that, the Book Aid International blog is on the move again. From today you’ll be able to find it on the main site, meaning you don’t need to click back and forth any more.

For a limited time we will post here as well, but in a couple of weeks or so, we’ll close down bookaidinternationalblog.wordpress.com. So please check out the new Book Aid International site, and if you’ve been kind enough to bookmark this blog, please update the details to reflect the new address. We’d love to know what you think!

It’s World Book Day!

Children's corner, Morogoro Regional Library

Don’t forget you can tell us on Twitter or Facebook what you’re up to. You can also add your photos to the Book Aid International Flickr group.

Viva Network

Whatever you’re up to, we hope you’ll be having fun!


Tweet Talk Give [6 days until World Book Day]

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!

Just one week till World Book Day!

So today is the last Thursday before 3 March 2011. Which means we’ve just one week to go till World Book Day!

If you’re planning to do something on or around the day itself, now’s the time to spread the word. Tell your friends, family and more know what you’re up to. And don’t forget that Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are here to help you get the word out faster. While you’re about it, feel free to let us know your plans here on the blog, or through our Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #worldbookday2011. You can share any pictures you take there, or on our  World Book Day group.

If you’re still looking for inspiration for your World Book Day celebrations, check out these people who have excited us with what they are up to

And, just in case you need any reminder about why your support for World Book Day is so important, remember that, with your help, books change lives.

 

 

Is this the world’s first librarithon?

Our friend Zoe at Playing by the book has posted an update on her plans to raise money for Book Aid International as part of World Book Day.

It’s a librarithon!

Zoe and her daughters are planning to spend their half-term week visiting as many libraries as they can by public transport. Their target is an amazing 14 libraries in three separate counties!

Zoe will be posting pictures and talking about the stories they’ll be reading along the way, which is brilliant. You can keep up to date on her blog, or the@playbythebook Twitter feed.

The librarithon is also a way of showing their support for all the local libraries facing potential closure in the UK, for which we at Book Aid International have a great deal of sympathy. Libraries are so important, and it’s important that we don’t take them for granted.

Maybe there are other ways to support libraries in the UK, and raise funds for World Book Day too?