National Read a Book Day has recognized annually on September 6th. While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us all to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading. Don’t keep it to yourself. Share the experience! Read aloud either to children or grandparents. Read to your pets or your stuffed animals and plants. Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress. Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime. Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too.
“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.” – Phylicia Rashad
Although the day was apparently thought of with print books in mind, e-books are equally suitable for celebrating National Read a Book Day. The primary goal is to encourage reading, as both fiction and non-fiction books open up vast unknown vistas to enquiring minds. Taking the opportunity to enjoy some time out of the day to relax and read is good for the soul and the mind.
History of National Read a Book Day
The first ceremony of National Read a Book Day was around the end of the first decade of the 2000s and was almost certainly the idea of a librarian, probably one who was supporting youngsters to read a book. On National Read a Book Day, it’s not mandatory to read a whole book but the day serves as an inspiration to people to read a section of a book they particularly enjoyed, to read with children, to donate a book to a children’s school library, or to host a book reading party.
Other Celebrations on September 6
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How to Celebrate National Read a Book Day
Whether you are a fan of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, history, medical literature, little stories or any of the hundreds of genre of literature out there, here are some ways you can celebrate National Read a Book Day, Read that book you have always been expecting to pick up and read. Revisit your desired book and read it again. Combine a local book club so that you have more motivation to learn. If you are previously a part of a book club, what about creating a book party for them? Invite all the book club members and consider a book while enjoying dishes inspired by your favourite books. Learn more about the life and work of your beloved author. Visit your local library, and if you are not already a member, become one. Support your local library or any reading initiatives that exist in your neighbourhood by volunteering your time, money or expertise. You can use the hashtag #ReadABookDay to post on social media.