Celebrating Read a Book Day and International Literacy Day

Read a Book Day is celebrated today. And for slackers, when it comes to reading: no worries. Contrary to the name, you don’t have to read a whole book in just one day. Read a Book Day is a day to encourage people to read either for themselves, for children or for elderly people to give them some quality time.

Reading is not only fun, but it can also improve your health by lowering stress levels, stimulates brain activity and improves your memory. It also opens worlds otherwise unknown, gives wings to thoughts and dreams, and provides companionship.

So reading is fun and healthy: Grab a book and try it for yourself

And, on Sunday, we celebrate International Literacy Day.

International Literacy Day is observed worldwide on September 8, first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Some 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 75 million children are out-of-school and much more attend irregularly or drop out. Next to the writer’s engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Literacy Day also signifies the recognition of the country to strive towards total and complete literacy for the nation.

Literacy has been described as the ability to read for knowledge and write coherently and think critically about the written word. Literacy can also include the ability to understand all forms of communication, be it body language, pictures, video or sound (reading, speaking, listening and viewing).

So whether you read books via actual books, e-readers or audio books, lose yourself in a great story or use them to learn something new.

(from me, Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

 

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BOOK LOVER’S DAY

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Book Lover’s Day is a day for those who love to read. Just take a great book and relax.  Books provide access to worlds usually unavailable to the reader. It opens new vistas for the mind and expands our worldview about subjects we might not have considered before.

 

 

 

You’re never lonely when you have a book to read and can lose yourself in the world created there.

 

World Book Day

World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day) is observed on April 23rd. The annually celebrated day is organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It was first celebrated in 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. Nowadays the World Book and Copyright Day is observed in over 100 countries, where schools, private businesses, voluntary organizations and lots of more people and groups come together to pay a tribute to authors and books.

(August 9th is Booklover’s Day)

(from www.cutrcalendar.com)