Independent charity the Reading Agency is co-ordinating World Book Day activity in libraries, aiming to get every library authority involved in this major reading event.
As a key moment in the reading calendar, World Book Day will help to put libraries at centre stage, through offering a range of exciting activities and positive PR about libraries. This will show that libraries provide an irreplaceable hub for community reading experiences. World Book Day have also put a library joining message in the backs of most of the £1 books, helping to get children joining the library on and around World Book Day.
World Book Day in Libraries
There are all sorts of exciting things that libraries can get involved with on World Book Day. There will be a library membership drive, with library joining forms included in the schools packs to nurseries, primary and secondary schools. Or you can download one here.
Working with Schools
Use World Book Day as an opportunity to build stronger partnerships with your local schools. A call for schools to take part in the ‘first time challenge’ of working with their local library has been included in the schools packs. The ‘first time challenge’ suggests that schools:
- Ensure that every single child is a member of their local library
- Take their groups on a library visit
- Set up a Chatterbooks reading group
- Book a librarian to talk about 2013′s Summer Reading Challenge
- Encourage secondary school students to find out about volunteering opportunities at libraries, such as supporting younger children doing 2013′s Summer Reading Challenge
- Get young people with literacy needs to complete the Six Book Challenge
Not only can you use the World Book Day materials to promote the day itself, but you can harness the momentum of World Book Day to promote your library in general. Look out for the new downloadable toolkits and posters coming soon. Free World Book Day posters will be sent to every library authority.