Happy International Literacy Day, writers! As avid readers and book lovers, this September 8th holiday is near and dear to our hearts here at Writer’s Relief. International Literacy Day was created fifty years ago with the hopes of engaging the worldwide community in efforts to promote reading around the world. Here’s how you can help!
Promote Literacy—While Staying Close To Home
Donate your old books. All passionate readers are likely to have some books they don’t need anymore—duplicate copies, books they don’t want to reread, books they liked but didn’t love—all gathering dust on their bookshelves. Why not donate your old books to a good cause? Libraries, used bookstores, schools, and charity foundations are always on the lookout for old books they can give to new readers!
Volunteer at your local library. Many libraries are run by very small staffs, so there’s a great chance that one near you could use some volunteer help. You can assist with behind-the-scenes work like cataloging and organizing books, help the library expand its reach by working on its Interlibrary Loan program, or show off your theatrical talents by hosting a story time for the younger readers.
Check out your nearest Little Free Library—or create your own! The Little Free Library project began in 2009 with a simple premise: “Take a book, leave a book.” Little Free Libraries are a wonderful way to connect with other book lovers near you. Find a local Little Free Library and become an active donor, or start one where you think it’s needed most! Little Free Libraries can be anywhere, indoors or out—the possibilities are endless, and they have the power to reach countless readers!
Become a reading or writing tutor for children or adults. Literacy is still a problem that can be found among people of all backgrounds and ages—schoolchildren, adults, those who have learned English as a second language, etc. One of the best ways to help is to donate your time as a tutor. This is something you could do through a library, school program, or community center. You can also find opportunities from your state’s Board of Education.
And If You Don’t Have Books Or Time To Spare…
Consider making a monetary donation to literacy foundations. If you’re financially able to donate, you should consider doing so! Remember, anything you can do to promote reading and literacy, no matter how big or small it may seem, will make a huge difference in someone’s life.
QUESTION: How are you planning to celebrate International Literacy Day?