Book Giving Day, February 14
By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, AVRL
Most people think of February 14 as Valentine’s Day. Here at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), we know it as International Book Giving Day. The aim of this volunteer initiative is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. Why do we give away books? Research has shown that children who have books in their homes have better literacy skills. We are all about bettering literacy skills, plus, giving away books is a whole lot of fun!
Here at AVRL, we like to give books to adults as well. The children’s books we give away are donated by Adopt A Library, and the adult books are from our donations and from publishers. This year, as for the past several years, our branch libraries will leave gift books out in the community – these books are for whoever finds them. We will post photograph clues on social media so people can hunt for them. If you find one, you can keep it, or pass along to someone else. For the second year, our Book Patrol will be on the road, giving books to folks we see on the streets. We plan to travel out on February 14, so if you see us, say hello, and we will give you a book!
For more information on how you can get involved, visit the Book Giving Day website: bookgivingday.com