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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

33 Ways To Celebrate Books: Can You Name More?


We celebrate books in so many ways, some significant and some small.  Here are 33 ways we can honor books in our lives:

1.      Read to a child and teach him or her the pleasure of reading.

2.      Do something special on the honorary days/weeks/months dedicated to books, free speech and literacy.

3.      Talk to friends and family about authors, who had an anniversary pass – birth date, death or publication of a treasured book.

4.      Attend a local book festival or book fair.

5.      Donate books to schools, libraries, and the underprivileged.

6.      Participate in a read-a-thon to encourage reading.

7.      Attend an author reading at a bookstore.

8.      Visit library events that feature books.

9.      When on vacation, take in a literary moment by visiting a cultural center that highlights books or an author home (like Hemingway House).

10.  Join a book club.

11.  Tune in to an author webinar.

12.  Pay tribute to books through song and dance.

13.  Purchase a book at an independent bookstore.

14.  Give books as gifts.

15.  Write about a book on your blog or post a review on Amazon and elsewhere.

16.  Volunteer your time to help battle illiteracy.

17.  Support funding for schools, libraries, and organizations dedicated to books.

18.  Draw or paint something depicting a positive image of books.

19.  Write a poem about your love of books.

20.  Create a puppet show or play about an author or a book.

21.  Post a video about the impact books have had on your life.

22.  Encourage the company you work for to invite authors to speak and to purchase books for employees.

23.  Encourage your clergy to hold a sermon on books.

24.  Collect stamps or coins that depict authors.

25.  Write political leaders and encourage them to pass pro-book, free speech, and literacy legislation.

26.  Display books proudly and prominently in your house and on your person.

27.  Read up on the book publishing industry and stand up to fight censorship, battle illiteracy and to support the rights of authors.

28.  Speak out, candidly and forcefully, to others when it comes to letting others know you are passionate about books.

29.  Treat books with respect and care – and encourage others to do so.

30.  Put the values, ideas, and principles that you learn from reading books into action.  Live out what you read in a way that contributes positively to society.

31.  Don’t vote for politicians that don’t support the cultural arts.

32.  Write your own book, but do so responsibly.  Make sure it is well-written, edited properly, and contributors to the existing literature of today.

33. Read book reviews and subscribe to Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Library Journal and other publications dedicated to supporting the written word.


A FEW THOUGHTS

“It’s better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation.”
--Herman Melville

“Those who lack courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
--Albert Camus

“What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve.”
--Clement Stone

“If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough.”
--Mario Andretti

“We don’t see things as they are.  We see them as we are.”
--Anais Nin


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer.  You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015

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