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)