How charities are celebrating all things literary on Twitter for National Read a Book Day
We love the imaginative ways that charities are using #NationalReadABookDay to promote their cause.
This Sunday is the UN’s International Literacy Day – a day when Governments, civil society and other stakeholders highlight improvement in world literacy rates and reflect on literacy challenges worldwide.
In the UK, the literacy theme is being carried over to social media. Today (Friday 6th) is National Read a Book Day, with charities, companies, schools, bloggers and book lovers of all stripes sharing their love of reading under the hashtag #NationalReadABookDay on Twitter.
If you are an education, arts or heritage charity (or even if you’re not) and you haven’t got involved yet, here are some of the great things happening on Twitter and some ideas for jumping on board – it’s not too late to be a part of the book fever happening today and over the weekend.
As we have shown in our recent article, awareness days like these are a great opportunity for charities to jump on a trend and be seen. Even if you’re not a literacy charity, we’ve seen non-profit organisations using a bit of creativity to get involved and highlight their work.
Organisations like libraries, councils, universities and more are getting involved to highlight their fabulous books on offer…
What book would you recommend to others? Share below in the comments. pic.twitter.com/FtSmJQhPI5
Happy #NationalReadABookDay! Did you know – last year, our library members read 31,919 eBooks, for free using their library card. Have you signed up yet? If not, what better day to do it on than #NationalReadABookDay? pic.twitter.com/GWk7uDIyoK
— Wiltshire Council (@wiltscouncil) September 6, 2019
1) A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
— National Library of Scotland (@natlibscot) September 6, 2019
— SCiA Group (@scia_group) September 6, 2019
We’re always adding items to our new books shelf. These two are about entirely different ways to read a book. 🕵️♀️🕵️♂️ pic.twitter.com/tfvQhfs3dC
— University of Reading Special Collections (@UniRdg_SpecColl) September 6, 2019
A great way to get involved is by asking a book-related question, as these charities have shown ….
What are you reading today? 📚 pic.twitter.com/fGvyxGUCab
— Scottish Book Trust (@scottishbktrust) September 6, 2019
— Tenet Education Services (@TenetEd) September 6, 2019
Arts Council England’s thought-provoking question has us really mulling over it…
— Arts Council England (@ace_national) September 6, 2019
We are also hooked on this thread started by Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries…
It's #NationalReadABookDay. Reply with the name of a book you have enjoyed – then check the replies and make some recommendations to other Twitter users based upon the books they like. If we do this together we should be able to share lots of great suggestions. pic.twitter.com/XOkPlyHK2i
— The Bodleian Libraries (@bodleianlibs) September 6, 2019
Listening Books opens up reading for people with disabilities or impairments by providing a library of audio books to schools, hospices and individuals. The charity is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, with a great campaign it’s promoting across social media…
Today is #NationalReadABookDay!
We know that reading print or holding books can be impacted by illnesses, disabilities & even mental health conditions. That’s why we provide our UK charity audiobook library so everyone can enjoy books. Find out more https://t.co/AaV9SknDli pic.twitter.com/4RoP0VY8A1
— Listening Books (@ListeningBooks) September 6, 2019
It’s our 60th birthday this year, and we’ve got an exciting announcement! From Monday 10th June we’ll be adding one new audiobook a day to our library for 60 days! Follow us to see them all or check them out on our library https://t.co/uB6ThDYmRF pic.twitter.com/Qo8RkYUtmN
— Listening Books (@ListeningBooks) June 7, 2019
But you don’t have to be a literary charity to jump on #NationalReadABookDay- non-literacy related charities are getting in on the act, such as children’s charity Wood Street Mission and its partnership with local business…
Tomorrow is #NationalReadABookDay – to ensure that everyone has a book to read, we’ve teamed up with @WoodSt_Mission to collect books for underprivileged children across Greater Manchester. Stop off and drop a book off! 💚📚 pic.twitter.com/0niZsMDpSB
— Windmill Green (@WindmillGreenNW) September 5, 2019
Heritage organisations like World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey and charity Mary Rose are also using the hashtag to highlight historic books…
On #NationalReadABookDay, here is a depiction of priests reading the bible in medieval times. It comes from the Litlyngton Missal, an illuminated service book commissioned by Abbot Nicholas Litlyngton, one of the largest surviving English medieval manuscripts. pic.twitter.com/xDc44aP4U6
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 6, 2019
— The Mary Rose (@MaryRoseMuseum) September 6, 2019
You can even use it to advertise the books in your museum gift shop…
It’s #NationalReadABookDay and we should all be encouraged to sit back, relax and pick up a book, old or new. We stock many books in our gift shop including our very own ‘Power from the Glens’ published last year. On the look out for something new to read? Pop in and see us! pic.twitter.com/gKaSX8nd0y
— PitlochryDamVC (@PitlochryDamVC) September 6, 2019
… or in your charity shop.
Today it is #NationalReadABookDay.
Our two charity shops currently have plenty of lovely books for both adults and children to choose from so please do pay us a visit, treat yourself and join in the reading fun! pic.twitter.com/R8NydVgiys
— Strode Park Foundation (@Strodepark) September 6, 2019
Watch this space and keep following the hashtag #NationalReadABookDay for more creative ways to get involved online.