NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY
Observed each year on August 9, (and sometimes on the first Saturday in November) bibliophiles get to celebrate National Book Lovers Day! A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.
Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.
Let’s step back in time for a minute:
- The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
- The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
- The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
- Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
- Books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf or a desk to prevent theft.
Book manufacturing’s recent development included digital printing. Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink. Digital printing opens up the possibility of print-on-demand, where no books are printed until after an order is received from a customer.
E-books are rapidly increasing in popularity. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form. They are usually available through the internet. However, can also be found on CD-ROM and other forms. E-books are read either by computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Sit back, relax and READ! Use #NationalBookLoversDay to post on social media and spread the word.
“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus
“Books are the plane and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” — Anna Quindlen
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.” — George R.R. Martin
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
“It’s a rare book that wins the battle against drooping eyelids.” — Tracy Chevalier
“Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.” — Lloyd Alexander
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglas
“There never yet have been, nor are there now too many good books.” — Martin Luther
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” — Harry S. Truman
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King
“I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.” — George Gissing
“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” — J.K. Rowling
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket
“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” — John Green
“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” — Julian Barnes
“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” — Mary Schmich
“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” — Mark Twain
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” — Marcel Proust
“I cannot live without books.” — Thomas Jefferson