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A Very Worthy Alternative to Valentine Day Spending
You can love Valentine's Day or you can hate it. You can wait for flowers and chocolates or you can cry your eyes out. You can blame it all on consumerism or you can do something about it.

Give presents. Give presents to people you do not know. Give books.

Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day 2017. Courtesy of event website

14 February is International Book Giving Day in the alternative to St Valentine's universe. It is a day of giving back, giving books, giving time, giving joy and wonder of reading and knowledge.

You can do it. I know you can. Do not sit there and wait for flowers to go down in price. Go out, buy a book, donate a book or leave a book in the reception or waiting room.

Forget about the convenience of E-readers for a day. Remember to touch and feel of a new book, the wonder of what lies ahead in the story. Remember about kids and how much they need to learn, to read, to have our time and attention.

Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day 2017. Courtesy of event website

You can participate in Book Giving Day in many ways:

give a book to a friend or relative
leave a book in a waiting room where you know kids can be stuck for a while (doctor's rooms, hospitals, etc)
donate your time at Read-o-thone or Reading time at your local school or library
donate a book to charity (it does not have to be some obscure or far away place. It can be your local Salvos or RSPCA)

To keep a track on your Book Giving Day activities, you can fill in this form.

International Book Giving Day
Book Giving Day Form. Author's photo

Give yourself a pat on the back at the end of the day. Feel good about yourself and the world you have changed one book at a time.
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Why? International Book Giving Day
When: 14-28 February
Where: world-wide
Cost: varies
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