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7 Ways to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

One of the fundamental components for learning is through reading. Whether a person is an avid reader or not, at some point during the day people will read something, whether it’s an article, in a magazine or a newspaper, on the Internet or a greeting card. When it comes to the conversation of reading a book however, faces cringe from the mere mention of the subject. Many who may not read frequently tend to think that reading is an arduous task, but it is not.

To commemorate National Book Lover’s Day, which is typically observed on August 9, here are some ways to celebrate this literary occasion.

1. If you are not an avid reader, start with something that’s small then move on to something bigger. Often booklets on various topics of interest, will be a great beginning for novice readers.

2. Begin a small home library with a book or two. You do not have to invest hundreds of dollars in starting a library. It can simply begin with buying books from flea markets, bookstores that sell new, used and traded books, libraries having book sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, dollar stores or yard sales.

3. Go on a pilgrimage to historical sites where one of your area’s notable authors lived. Even if the writer was not famous, perhaps you can visit one of their favorite spots and read one of their books there.

4. Computer tablets, e-readers and audio books are other options for getting in some good reads, not only on National Book Lovers Day, but every day.

5. Give a book as a gift to someone and encourage them to use it as a tool to relax, identify and comprehend new words and then share it with someone else.

6. Collect donated books, tie a colorful ribbon around them and pass them out as a gift to long-term patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes or senior centers.

7. Have a book lover’s party and invite guests to talk about their favorite books. If you have a favorite book or one of your own published books, serve some light refreshments and pass out homemade favors celebrating the book to your guests. Engage in dialogue about the book with others at your gathering.

Reading has an uncanny way of exposing the reader to understanding different genres, exploring various demographics around the world, diversified cultures, different writing styles from authors and inspirational publications. Reading has the ability to connect us with the content that could help us see a different perspective of views, situations and discover more about who we are. National Book Lovers Day is an ideal day to relax with a good book. Find a tranquil area, pack a picnic lunch and get lost in a good book.

Starting a Book Club Offers Inexpensive Entertainment in a Down Economy

Times are tough, but that doesn’t mean life’s little luxuries have to be a thing of the past. Many readers are finding that starting a book club is a great way to enjoy fun, friendship and a good read on the cheap.

Reading is a wonderful way to escape from the day-to-day realities. That can be especially rewarding in this economy, when the pressures of falling investments and pinching pennies seem like too much.

Try these seven tips for starting a book group that won’t cost a lot, but doesn’t sacrifice the fun of a book club:

  1. Publicize your club with free resources. Use sites like Craigslist and free bulletin boards at your local library or book store to find members for your reading club.
  2. Choose an inexpensive meeting site. Don’t hold your meetings at a restaurant or coffee shop, where members will feel obligated to make a purchase. Either ask permission of the store owner to use the space without making a purchase, or choose free meeting sites like member’s homes, library meeting rooms, or community buildings.
  3. Consider book selections carefully. If you choose the latest hardcover bestseller or Oprah book pick, your members are likely going to have to shell out $20 or more to purchase the book in a store. Instead, choose books that are a few years old. They’ll likely be available at the library or used book stores for cheap!
  4. Use your library. Most people don’t realize it, but libraries often have book group kits, which contain multiple copies of one book and a reading discussion guide. Plan your book selections around the kits your library has available.
  5. Hold book swaps. Get a group of friends together and exchange the books you’ve finished reading for new books.
  6. Go online. Virtual book clubs and forums are popping up all over the Internet. Find a group to discuss your latest read online and you never have to leave your home!
  7. Shop discount stores.  Do you still want to offer light refreshments during your book club meeting? Inexpensive appetizers and drinks can be found at discount food stores like Gordon’s Food Service and Aldi’s.

US Military Bases With Contract Libraries – Hey Wait One Minute!

Not long ago, I was talking to a high ranking military retired veteran who had gone to the local military base commissary, and stopped in at the base library. He was beside himself and flabbergasted when he learned that the base library was getting rid of all their old books, and contracting with an outside company to run the base library. They were not selling the old books, they were giving them away, or throwing them in the trash. He rescued as many as he could put in his pickup truck. Okay so, I’d like to explore this problematic event for a moment if I might.

You see, getting rid of all the old history books is actually the same is getting rid of our history. If those who are serving in our military cannot know of their parent’s and grandparent’s era, or what really happened in World War II, and are forced to read newer history books with second or third hand knowledge, then they aren’t learning history at all. They are learning a mild watered-down version of military history. Further, what’s that famous saying; “those who fail to learn their history, are doomed to repeat it.”

Well, let’s take this one step further then, if you are learning a watered-down version of history, you aren’t actually learning the real history, therefore you are guaranteed to be doomed to repeat the actuality of that past period – do you see my point here? Why on Earth would we get rid of old military history books at the library on any military base? Even the scholars that study history, if they weren’t there, they are once removed from what actually happened. That’s quite unfortunate.

Now realize, I have nothing against the company who has won the contract to service the libraries on base, and I do believe that military base libraries are very important to keep open. I applaud the government and military for saving budget money. But to replace all of those old books with new ones, and to throw them away like that, well to me, that’s just unthinkable. Incidentally, I do have a number of military books myself, and I realize that one day my home may look more like a museum with all of those paper books, in the new era of e-books.

Nevertheless, it seems insane to toss out perfectly good books, just because the libraries are switching over to independent contractors, rather than being run in-house by military librarians. I realize that many of the colleges and universities are also going to contract libraries, and perhaps that’s where the military got the idea, but I can’t say I believe that’s a good way to play it at the University or at our military bases.

We need not be doomed to repeat for failure to study our actual history. This is the greatest nation ever created in human history, let’s not forget our trials and tribulations. Please consider all this and think on it.