A Bookish Guide to Gifts: Give Something Back

Before I dive into a post about bookish gift ideas for a friend, or a bookish wishlist filled with special editions, newly published novels, and journal or magazine subscriptions, I’m offering a few charitable gift giving suggestions if you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, and have the means to give to others outside your list. Here are some bookish programs that you can consider raising awareness for or donating to.

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National Readathon Day 2016

National Ready Day 2016Happy Wednesday, friends! I wanted to take a few minutes to help spread the word about National Readathon Day – which takes place this Saturday, May 21st. If you know about it, share your plans and any extra information below in the comments, and if you are just hearing about it, here is a quick introduction.

A partnership between the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House, National Readathon Day is an opportunity to raise funds for and promote early childhood literacy through the ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read Initiative. The funds raised will specifically aid library programs aimed at literacy development of children five years and younger across the country.

There are a few fun ways to get involved, besides simply donating. Visit the ALA’s Facebook page to learn how you can use their temporary profile picture frame, and share what you are reading by using the hashtag #Readathon2016. You can also host a reading party with friends, a book club, or classmates. And of course, you should read! My list is ready to go (including titles I need to finish and/or revisit for the blog) and as long as Saturday is sunny and warm I’ll be celebrating Readathon 2016 outside.

So spread the word about National Readathon Day, support children’s literacy programs in libraries (and elsewhere), and consider donating on Saturday. Happy reading!


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National Readathon Day on Facebook (Press Release)