A lifetime of reading is the key to success in any field, so it’s no surprise then that October is National Book Month and public libraries across the country are celebrating. This month is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to make time for reading as a community. For some great book recommendations, visit the National Book Foundation website for this year’s National Book Award Finalists.
Cities and counties across the country are celebrating books through various events and festivals this month. Boston hosts a large book festival every year which is free and open to everyone in the city. Similar large scale festivals are being held in Deadwood, S.D., Burnsville, N.C., and St. George, Utah. North Plains, Ore. is hosting a number of events to celebrate the month at their local library, everything from story times to cook-offs. Ridgway, Penn. has been promoting their library this month as a great place to beat the prices of book stores or just to read. The Medfield, Mass. Public Library is having a book sale which residents have been promoting to help the library and commemorate the month. In Birmingham, Ala. some libraries will hold sweet parties throughout the month offering patrons deserts and hot coco as a special way to create a culture of reading.
Making local governments part of the celebration can highlight the importance of reading while also showing the community a good time. For more information about library programs and activities, visit the Knowledge Network’s topic page for Libraries for articles and documents like these: