10 Ways to Celebrate Book Lovers Day

How will you celebrate Book Lovers Day? We have 10 ideas for you

We all love a good book. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, books are the original form of immersive entertainment. Books help to alleviate loneliness, and a good book can help someone feel less isolated. Here are 10 ideas to celebrate Book Lovers Day and the power of a good book.

1. Share the Love of a Good Book

What is better than enjoying a good book? Well, sharing it, of course. We are social creatures that love to learn what others experience. So, why not share a good book with a friend or a family member? Or you could even create your own blog, like me, or just post your opinion on social media. Either way, people love hearing stories.

2. Become a Volunteer Reader

If you like to read out loud, you could have a go at being a Volunteer Reader and tell stories to the next generation of book lovers. See The Reader to learn more about volunteering and have the opportunity to read to someone who might have failing eyesight. You can also read to younger people who may have fallen behind with their reading, see more about Coram Beanstalk. There are many more volunteering opportunities out there.

3. Join a Book Club

Books are better when they are shared. So why not join a local book club. There is a range of book clubs in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Some are in local libraries, others are held in Community Centres or Churches. I’ve even seen groups of people getting together in local coffee shops to talk about what they’re reading and have a fresh debate about the story. There are also online Book Clubs you can find by searching on Google.

If you will struggle to get to a book club, and you live either Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster, you can book reliable, affordable, fully accessible transport with Westway CT. They offer transportation to groups through the Group Transport Service, or you can travel solo using the Volunteer Cars Service for RBKC Residents, or the Volunteer Cars Service for Westminster Residents.

4. Create Your Own Book Club

Are the options above not floating your boat? That’s fine. Why not set up your own book club? Create your club, for your own genre, and build a place to share your stimulating conversations. Not sure where to start? Here is a list of tips to get you started.

5. Visit your Local Library

At times we don’t have space at home for new books, or the desire to spend money on them. This where local libraries are an excellent resource. The ability to borrow free books and choose from a wide range of genres is a fantastic opportunity.

Not sure where your nearest library is? Here are the links to the list of libraries in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea. You can also use the Google Map below:

 

And don’t worry about how you can get there. Westway CT offer competitively priced transport. Whether you are going solo or travelling a group.

6. Share or Borrow

You don’t have to use your local library to borrow books. Talk to your friends, lend your old ones and borrow some they recommend. It is truly great to learn about your friends’ interest and find that next great read. A truly Win-Win situation!
Here are some of Westway CT’s Shopper Users telling us what they are reading at the moment.

 

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7. Quote it to Gloat it

I promise the bad puns will end soon. Though the best way to celebrate a great book is remembering a great lesson or quote, you learnt from it. For me, a great quote I came across recently was from Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ – ‘Everyone on Earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance.’ I love the perspective this has taught me.

Have you got any great quotes to share with us? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags #NationalBookLoversDay #WestwayCT #DoMoreWithCT

8. Learn about an Author’s Origin or the setting of a Good Book

How better to appreciate books than to see the actual places mentioned in them. With London hosting famous places such as Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes), Platform 9 3/4 (Harry Potter) and many others. There are plenty of locations in and around London for book lovers to visit.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

9. Donate

Running out of space? Want to give the gift of reading to others? Why not donate your old books to a charity. Book Lovers Day would be the best day to do that. You can help a cause close to you, and help others find their next read.

10. Treat Yourself – Go to a Book shop

The ultimate way to Celebrate Book Lovers Day is to go out and find a new book. While there are many ways to get your next book fix for cheap or free. Sometimes it is just nice to buy one or more for yourself. I love to do this, and it is a dangerous place for my wallet. Though a new book is something that can really make a day extra special.

Westway CT’s Shopper Service visits major supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda and Waitrose every weekday, where there is always a range of good books, from all genres, in-store. If you know someone who struggles to get out often and might benefit from using the Shopper Service, if only just to buy a new book every now and then, let them know about Westway CT’s Shopper Services for residents in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.


Thank you to our Volunteer Zach Kozlowski-Best (Guest Writer) for pulling together this article. See more articles on Zach’s personal Blog.

 

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