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